Sport Germany coach Loew opens door to return for exiled trio
Germany tightens border checks to keep out virus variants
BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Sunday implemented tighter border controls on its frontiers with the Czech Republic and Austria’s Tyrol province in an effort to stem the spread of more contagious coronavirus variants. The new restrictions that took effect at midnight limit entry from those areas to German citizens and residents, truck drivers, transport and health service staff and a few others, who have to register online and show a negative coronavirus test. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that the new checks may cause some delays at the border and German police “will not just wave traffic through.
Germany coach Joachim Loew opened the door Sunday to a surprise summer return for Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels, the trio of veteran World Cup winners he controversially exiled two years ago.
"If you begin a transition, you should not reverse it and go back in the opposite direction," Loew told public broadcaster ARD Sunday.
"But the pandemic has stolen almost a year from us, so we can think about maybe pausing the transition if it is absolutely necessary," he added, suggesting that the trio could return for this summer's European Championships.
A return for Mueller, Hummels or Boateng could be possible "if I am of the opinion that we need an extra percent or someone who brings a bit of energy," said Loew.
No, Germany is not fulfilling 90% of its obligations to leave the country as Marine Le Pen said
© Christof Stache When migrants arrived in Munich in September 2015. During the debate between Gérald Darmanin and Marine Le Pen on France 2 , the president of the National Rally attacked the French government's policy of expelling foreigners, which she considers too lax compared to Germany : “The obligations to leave French territory (OQTF), do you know how many are executed ? 12.6 %. I will give you another figure, the obligation to leave the territory in Germany, it is 90 %.
It is the first time that Loew has shown signs of relenting from his controversial decision to drop the three experienced stars back in 2019.
Though under pressure to give younger players a chance at the time, criticism of Loew has mounted in the two years since as Germany have struggled and the three exiled players have returned to their best form.
Recent results have been poor for Loew's team, with a 6-0 away defeat to Spain in November a low point for the beleaguered, long-serving Germany boss.
With the rebuilding process not going as planned, Loew suggested Sunday that players like Mueller, Hummels and Boateng could be useful short-term solutions for Euro 2020.
They would be "quick to integrate because they already know exactly how things work with the national team," he said.
Germany launch their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign next month with games against Iceland, Romania and North Macedonia.
They are scheduled to meet France in their opening EURO 2020 group game on June 15.
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