German heroes demand change after debacle

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World Cup winners Lothar Matthaus, Jurgen Klinsmann and Mesut Ozil have called for changes after Germany's humiliating 6-0 hammering by Spain in the Nations League.

But Germany coach Joachim Low, who lifted the 2014 World Cup then saw his side go out in the group stage four years later, still seems safe in his job despite the national team's worst defeat since 1931.

Dpa news agency sources close to the discussions say he has been told to continue by the German Football Federation (DFB).

But his decision to permanently overlook Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng, as well as fellow 2014 World Cup winner Mats Hummels, of Borussia Dortmund, is being heavily criticised.

"I have never seen such a total failure. There will be further discussion about Hummels and Boateng.

"You need these leaders after such a defeat. When it comes to team leadership, Mueller must also be included," Matthaus, the 1990 World Cup-winning captain, told the Bild newspaper.

"I don't think that Jogi Low will deviate from his opinion on the three," added Germany's record appearance holder with 150 caps.

"Low doesn't have to do an analysis of all the errors. The video session would last eight hours."

Matthaus also told Sky Sport News: "Before a tournament (the Euros in June), I wouldn't change the coach. If the Euros go badly then he can't stay on.

"Even if it goes really well, then if I were him I would still be thinking about quitting after a big success."

Matthaus believes the next manager "that everyone would want" is Jurgen Klopp, though he accepts the Liverpool manager is "far from finished" at the club. "He'll have time for the national team in a few years," he added.

Ozil, who retired from the Germany team in 2018, also wants a fellow 2014 world champion back in the fold.

"Time to take @JeromeBoateng back," the 32-year-old tweeted.

Klinsmann, a 1990 World Cup winner and former Germany coach before Low took over in 2006, said a lack of leadership on the pitch was the big problem and Muller could be the answer.

"There is no need for a new coach," Klinsmann told US TV station ESPN.

"The biggest question mark is certainly the issue of leadership. Who is the real leader of this team? Nobody on the pitch except Manuel Neuer as goalkeeper has taken this step in the past two years."

A statement by DFB president Fritz Keller following the Spain debacle added: "We experienced a dark evening that hurt. The spectators at home, me, the coach, the players.

"I was in the dressing room after the final whistle and felt the immense disappointment of everyone, but also the desire to make things right."