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2018 World Cup was a personal defeat - Hummels

Mon 31 May 2021 | 13:29

The former Bayern Munich star is happy to return to the German national team for Euro 2020.

German defender Mets Hummels claimed that not being invited to the German national team for 2018 World Cup was a personal defeat for him.

Hummels, who has 70 caps, was not included in Germany's squad for the 2018 World Cup, and Joachim Low believed that Müller, Boateng and Hummels belong to

Germany

's past. However, the German coach reversed his decision and included Müller and Hummels in the German roster for Euro 2020. Hummels now claims that not being invited to the World Cup was a great defeat for him.

"I want to be fully involved on the sporting side, but also as a man,"

Hummels said in a news conference.

"I hope that I can take the role on the pitch. As a spokesman and leader, especially when things don't go well, I want to lead the way.

"In the last six months there have been phone calls and messages about what we think about it. Ultimately, it only became concrete in the last two weeks before the squad announcement. Jogi [Low] believes that I can give the team a lot for the tournament. I want to."

Hummels added on 2018 World Cup: :

"It felt like a personal defeat, it hurt. I have always been proud to play for the national team.

"It was my goal to come back. It's an honour to play for Germany. It is a nice confirmation of the work we have done over the past few years.

"It was nice [to return], I saw many familiar faces again. I was a little nervous and excited upon my arrival and felt a certain tingling sensation. I was looking forward to the day."

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