Bayern Munich’s star forward Thomas Muller returned to the German national squad for the upcoming games in the international break. The decision was taken after Niclas Füllkrug, Hansi Flick’s preferred striker, suffered from a tendon strain.
On December 1, Müller played his 121st and final match for Germany at the World Cup in Qatar as the Die Manschaft were eliminated in the group stage. At the time, Müller indicated he might have played in his final international match; however, he later said he had been "emotional" and would still be eligible for selection. Since then, he has been out of the national team.
Germany has had a poor run of form and won only one game out of five since the World Cup. These results have put pressure on the management. Hence, Hansi Flick has made surprising decisions in the squad of dropping Timp Werner of RB Leipzig and Goretzka of Bayern Munich. The Germans will be eager to repair their faults and get ready before they host the European Championship in the next few months.
Fullkrug was diagnosed with a "slight tendon strain" by Germany, who added that he has not yet been excluded from the team but might not be ready for the next friendlies. After joining from Werder Bremen, he made his Dortmund debut on Friday in the 78th minute.
In his first starting appearance for the team this year, Müller led Bayern Munich to a 2-1 victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday. The Germans will take on Japan on September 10 at the iconic Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg. After that, they will take on World Cup runner-ups France on September 13 at the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund.