‘No awkwardness’ for Germany’s Loew as Mueller and Hummels arrive

Germany’s Euro training camp starts in earnest on Friday but coach Joachim Loew said there was “no awkwardness” as Thomas Mueller and Mats Hummels rejoin the squad two years after being dropped.

The majority of his squad for the June 11-July 11 Euros will arrive at the camp in Austria on Friday with a first training session also due.

Mueller, 31, and Hummels, 32, were World Cup winners under Loew in 2014 but were told in 2019 they would no longer be considered for the time being.

Loew’s attempt to rejuvenate the squad failed so he was forced to bring them back for the Euros, his final tournament before leaving after 15 years in the job.

“There was no awkwardness,” Loew, 61, told reporters when asked about how his phone calls with the pair went asking them back.

“We have known each other for many years. We have experienced a lot together, the whole spectrum of emotions. These players mean a lot to me.”

It is still unclear when Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos can join up after his coronavirus infection while new travel rules to Austria and Germany from Britain have complicated the arrival of Arsenal’s Bernd Leno and Leeds United’s Robin Koch.

Manchester City’s Ilkay Guendogan and Chelsea trio Timo Werner, Antonio Ruediger and Kai Havertz will join up after Saturday’s Champions League final in Porto.

Germany face Denmark in their first of two warm-up games in Innsbruck on June 2 before starting their Group F campaign in Munich against world champions France on June 15.

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