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Dortmund boss insists Germany to bring Hummels back

22 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has waded into the debate about whether Mats Hummels should be recalled by Germany, insisting the in-form centre-back should be included for their upcoming internationals, reports AFP.

In the wake of a disastrous 2018 World Cup campaign in Russia, when the defending champions failed to get out of their group, Joachim Loew booted Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Mueller out of the Germany set up in March.

Hummels left Bayern Munich in June to resurrect his career at former club Dortmund, with whom he won the 2011 and 2012 Bundesliga titles, bringing much-needed stability and experience to their defence.

He underlined his impressive form by helping Dortmund to a 4-0 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen last Saturday in the Bundesliga, then a Champions League goalless draw at home to Barcelona on Tuesday.

“After his last two games, it would be deserved — without discussion,” said Favre on Friday. “It’s not up for us to decide, but the way Mats is playing now, it’s clear to me.” Hummels is expected to again lead the back four having played every minute of Borussia’s last six games.

Germany’s defence was torn open by the Netherlands in last month’s 4-2 home defeat in a Euro 2020 qualifier and Bayern great Lothar Matthaeus also believes Hummels’ experience is an asset Loew can ill-afford to ignore.