Joachim Löw reveals reasons for not naming Borussia Dortmund trio in Euro 2020 squad

Julian Brandt and Mahmoud Dahoud during Germany training (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)
Julian Brandt and Mahmoud Dahoud during Germany training (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images) /

Mahmoud Dahoud, Julian Brandt and Nico Schulz weren’t included in Germany’s Euro 2020 squad. Head coach Joachim Löw revealed during his press conference why the Borussia Dortmund trio failed to make the cut.

The exclusion of Mahmoud Dahoud was arguably the biggest surprise of the three, with the Borussia Dortmund midfielder showing his incredible quality in recent months. The 25 year old has been one of the Black and Yellows’ best performers since the turn of the year. And Löw hinted that he could still be called up to the squad if any of the selected players have to pull out due to injuries or illnesses.

"“Mo is a player who we know how well he has developed at BVB over the last few months,” Löw said. “If something were to happen, Mo is a very good alternative.”"

As for Julian Brandt and Nico Schulz, Löw said that their lack of game time in recent months contributed to his decision to leave them out of the 26-man squad.

"“Julian is a class footballer as we all know, but he hasn’t played enough games. Nico has simply played very, very little in the last 15 to 18 months.”"

Only two Borussia Dortmund players have been named in the Germany squad for the European Championships. One of those players is Mats Hummels, who is back in the squad for the first time since November 2019. Löw said that Hummels’ leadership and experience prompted him to recall the Borussia Dortmund defender.

"“We realised that we lacked experience and stability at the back so we recalled Mats. We made the decision with absolute conviction. He’s played in several tournaments and knows how to approach things in the difficult moments.”"

Löw also praised Marco Reus and said that he respected his decision to make himself unavailable for selection for the tournament. The Borussia Dortmund captain announced on Tuesday that he will not take part in the Euros in order to give his body some time to recover from what has been a very exhausting season.

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Germany are due to begin their Euro 2020 campaign against France on June 15. They will also face defending champions Portugal and Hungary in the group stage.