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Toni Kroos baffled by Joachim Low’s controversial axing of Muller, Boateng and Hummels as he questions Germany manager

ByDNP

Feb 23, 2021

GERMAN star Toni Kroos has questioned Joachim Low’s decision to exile Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels from the international team.

The Real Madrid midfielder blasted Germany boss Low’s plan saying ‘it hasn’t worked out’.

Toni Kroos has criticised Germany manager Joachim Low

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Toni Kroos has criticised Germany manager Joachim LowCredit: Getty – Contributor
Low still refuses to recall Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng

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Low still refuses to recall Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome BoatengCredit: AP:Associated Press

The trio have not been picked for Germany since their group stage exit from the 2018 World Cup – which they started as holders.

But all three have continued to perform at the highest level for their clubs.

Muller and Boateng were key figures as Bayern won the Treble last season.

And Hummels has been un-droppable for Borussia Dortmund since his move there in the summer of 2019.

Calls for the trio to be recalled have been widespread and Kroos, 31, has added his own name to the list of dissenters.

He told Sky Germany: “I’m pretty self-conscious because, firstly, I’m a national team player, secondly, thank God, I don’t have to make a decision, and thirdly, I’ve played with them for many years.

“The problem is what I see, at least in the reporting if you only focus on that, is that you would have a different national team after every Bundesliga matchday and we all know that that doesn’t work.

“I believe that in the end you have to plan a little ahead. I am now questioning whether the coach’s plan has worked out in the way he wanted it to be.

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“It is clear that the intention after the World Cup was relatively clear. And now you have to find the best possible team for the next tournament.”

Low is expected not expected to recall the trio for the next international break in March.

Kroos hit headlines for being outspoken again in November when he crticised Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for wearing a mask during goal celebrations.

Kroos called it ‘nonsense’ but Aubameyang blasted back, tweeting: “Hmm I want to answer but first @ToniKroos I just want to be sure if it was really you?”

He followed that up with a thank you note from a child captioned with: “By the way Does this @ToniKroos have Kids?

“Just to remember I did it for my son few times and I will do it again. I wish you have kids one day and make them happy like this junior school pupils. Talk and don’t forget.”  

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