Julian Nagelsmann explains notable omissions from Germany's EURO squad

Julian Nagelsmann has finally announced the 27-man preliminary squad for the German team for the upcoming EURO 2024. Some players that many thought would be safe bets for the team have been left out, leaving most fans confused as to who the exclusion of these players. Léon Goretzka Bayern Munich and Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund were the two big names who will not come.

“I had long conversations with both of them. They are very disappointed, that's understandable. I've had problems with these conversations before as a club coach, it's not nice. I didn't like doing that. You would like to take everyone with you. Ultimately, as head coach, I have to make a decision in the best interest of the team. They did everything to be there. I tried to explain why they weren't included. We understand that they are sad. They weren't bad conversations, but of course there are nicer conversations in life,” Nagelsmann said (as captured by @iMiaSanMia).

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The 36-year-old coach had a rather “emotional” conversation with Goretzka and revealed that although the player was hurt at being left out, there was no disagreement between them and that Nags explained why he was not going.

“Of course, such conversations are always moving. There are different characters who react differently. Some say nothing on the phone, others want a precise explanation. It hurts me to announce such a decision, it hurts him, so it is normal that emotions arise, but there was no tension on either side,” Nagelsmann said.

As for Hummels being left at home, he wasn't left out just because real Madrid Defender Antonio Rüdiger started, but because the veteran CB is not aligned with Nagelsmann's idea of ​​understudies to Rüdiger and Jonathan Tah from Bayer Leverkusen.

“Of course you roughly decide on a first eleven, even if it’s not set in stone. We decided that Rüdiger and Tah would be our starting central defenders. Then it comes down to who are the most suitable players behind them? What should replacements bring? What is the age distribution in the tournament and what happens after? Of course I can say that if Rüdiger was not in the first eleven the team would have been different. But the decision (against Hummels) is not due to the fact that Rüdiger is the starter,” noted Nagelsmann.

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