Poor old Joachim Low just can’t get it right at the moment.
For months, Low was pilloried for sticking with experienced players and failing to integrate Germany‘s glistening array of talents after last summer’s World Cup debacle.
This month, he finally made the call to drop three veterans in Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng, and now he stands accused of showing a lack of respect towards established World Cup winners.
Joachim Low is overseeing a transition in Germany’s squad and has brought in fresh personnel
While many had expected him to drop Manuel Neuer in favour of Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Low wrongfooted everyone by expelling the Bayern trio.
He has faced a barrage of criticism since, with the likes of Jurgen Klinsmann and Lothar Matthaus both questioning the decision in the last few days.
Yet Low insists he has made the right call, and that Germany are well set for the new era, saying that he and his team will are putting ‘absolute confidence’ in the younger players.
With just a handful of survivors from the 2014 World Cup, and three players given their first international call-up, the Germany squad for this week’s games against Serbia and Holland might look a little unfamiliar.
Sportsmail has the lowdown on the Germany players you may not know much about.
Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach)
One of the few remaining World Cup winners in the Germany squad, Ginter was an unused substitute when Germany were crowned world champions in 2014, but the triumph still turned his career upside down.
A few days after the Final in Rio, he left Freiburg for Borussia Dortmund. After a few years playing a bit-part role as a centre back, though, the softly-spoken Ginter made a smart move to Borussia Monchengladbach, where has flourished in both defence and midfield.
Despite having only 23 caps to his name, Ginter is a World Cup and Confederations Cup winner, and can now count himself among the more experienced players in the squad.
Matthias Ginter is one of the few remaining World Cup winners still in the Germany squad
Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain)
The list of talents to have risen through the ranks at Schalke in recent years is almost endless. He may not be quite as glamorous a player as Leroy Sane, but Kehrer came up alongside the City star in Gelsenkirchen and, like Sane, earned a big-money move to a major club early in his career.
Upon signing him for Paris Saint-Germain, Thomas Tuchel described Kehrer as ‘the kind of player every manager wishes to have’, and despite his mistake against Manchester United earlier this month, he remains one of the finest young defenders in Europe. A centre back for PSG, Low prefers to use Kehrer as a full back.
Thomas Tuchel described Thilo Kehrer as ‘the kind of player every manager wishes to have’
Nico Schulz (Hoffenheim)
Having slipped under the radar in the early years of his career, Schulz has steadily worked his way up to the top in the last few years.
A hard-running midfielder…