Hummels backed for German recall

Borussia Dortmund
Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac says Mats Hummels moved to Borussia Dortmund because he did not want to compete for a first-team place.

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says defender Mats Hummels should be considered for a Germany recall.

The experienced defender was told in March, along with fellow veterans Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng, that he would not be considered for any future squads by Joachim Low, with the Die Mannschaft coach seeking to explore other options.

Hummels rejoined Dortmund in the summer from Bayern Munich after a very successful three-year spell, in which he won the Bundesliga every season.

He has started back at Dortmund in a positive light but was still left out of Germany’s squad for their recent games against Netherlands and Northern Ireland.

He was part of the squad which won the World Cup in 2014 but has not played a game for his country since last November, and Zorc says he is now worthy of another call up to the side.

“‘I have a strong view on this,” Zorc said when asked if he thought Hummels could play for Germany again. “I said it not too long ago when we signed him.

“For me, Mats Hummels is the best German centre-back. I said it again before the season when no matches had been played, and I say it now and I believe that I will also say it in 2020.

“But the national team manager must make the call. The ball is in his court and not here.”

Hummels has won 70 caps in a glittering international career, scoring five goals.