Thomas Müller, the young German who gathered eyeballs in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, lifted the coveted trophy four years later in Brazil. The Bayern Munich stalwart became one of the greatest footballers emerging out of the DFB. Even in present times, the attacking midfielder is on his peak form, which was seen in Bayern’s stupendous Champions League run. However, his teammate Toni Kroos drops a bombshell, as he claims Müller is unlikely to make international appearances ever again.
One thing that makes Thomas Müller unique, compared to most other footballers, is they way he plays. The 30 year old uses his brain on the pitch, always thriving to find space into the opposition’s final third. His distinctive laying style earned him the nickname ‘Raumdeuter’, which means ‘interpreter of space’ in German.
One of the most successful German footballers of all time, Thomas Müller’s international career is nothing short of amazing- the 2014 World Cup winner has donned the DFB jersey 100 times, and scored 38 goals.
However, the Raumdeuter’s fellow German, and Real Madrid icon Toni Kroos believes the player will soon fall down the national team’s pecking order, and said that the coach Joachim Löw will prefer younger approach in Müller place.
Toni Kroos feels Thomas Müller is no more preferred by Joachim Löw
Thomas Müller has not played for Germany since November 2018, when he made his last international appearance against Netherlands in the Nations League. Even a stellar 2019-20 season failed to earn him a ticket back to the squad, as he is not included in Germany’s lineup in the ongoing 2020–21 UEFA Nations League.
Recently, Löw himself said that he would prefer the younger options in the team over the veteran midfielder. “Thomas Müller is a great player, no question about it, but I trust the boys,” the coach said following the 1-1 draw against Spain on 4th September.
Back in 2019, Müller himself became furious over the coach for hinting that his international career, along with Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels is over.
However, Toni Kroos claims his teammate is unlikely to have a call back to the German squad in future anyway.
“Thomas played a great season, but for the national coach it’s not just about the shape of today. [It’s] about [how he shapes] the project for the next few years.” Kroos said in an interview with German outlet Bild.
The Los Blancos star, who is Müller’s former Bayern teammate, named the likes of Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Kai Havertz as his potential alternatives, and said that Löw is unlikely to look back at the veteran in the future.
“He wants to give space to players like Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Kai Havertz. That’s why my feelings tell me that he will not look backwards for his selections,” Kroos added.