Germany plotting clear-out of out-of-form stars, reveals Rudi Voller

Germany are plotting a CLEAR-OUT of its out-of-form stars, reveals team director Rudi Voller… with ‘a few’ of Hansi Flick’s flops to be given the boot in September

Some of Germany’s underperforming stars have played their last games for the national team with a major sqaud shake-up imminent. 

Hansi Flick’s side were booed off at full-time on Tuesday after another friendly home defeat by Colombia. 

Rudi Voller, team director, was at the end of his tether in the aftermath, and promised a clear-out of the deadwood. 

‘Overall from the three games, it was far too little [a return],’ he told RTL. 

‘Colombia was the strongest opponent. The two games before hurt even more now. The coach, Hansi Flick, tried everything, tried some things out, but the quality is not the greatest, like maybe a few years ago. I’m sure there will be a few players we won’t see again in September.’

Germany players were booed off at full-time by their home fans after another poor display

Technical director Rudi Voller promised that they will look into who is getting called up

Technical director Rudi Voller promised that they will look into who is getting called up

The Germans, who have less than a year to build a battle-hardened team for Euro 2024, which they are hosting, had needed two late goals to draw 3-3 with Ukraine last week before Friday’s 1-0 loss to Poland.

The four-time world champions have won just one of their last five matches since their shock World Cup group-stage exit in December last year. They have also won just three of their last 11 matches.

Speaking before the defeat to Colombia, however, Voller was quick to extinguish the idea of Flick joining some players in getting the boot.

‘Hansi Flick will obviously remain the coach,’ Voller said. ‘We all agree that Hansi is exactly the right coach to play a good European Championship.’

On the general poor run of form, he added: ‘Obviously we want to win, we want to try some things out, but at the same time inspire people. 

‘We are at the end of a long season, we are tired and the legs are heavy. The couple of per cent that were missing in some situations or other in Poland, we have to deliver those.’

Flick has vowed not to resign

Germany are in a 'dramatic' moment that they must 'fight' their way out of

Hansi Flick (left) has vowed not to resign despite a miserable run of form for Euro 2024 hosts

Flick looked lost with what to say after this latest defeat, telling RTL: ‘I’m very disappointed, I feel sorry for the fans. 

‘We wanted to try something, but it didn’t work out. The arguments are not on our side. In September we have to show a different performance, a different willingness.’ 

Midfielder Leon Goretzka added: ‘(The situation) is dramatic. We have to say that clearly. It’s difficult to explain.

‘Everything is missing, all in all it’s far too little. It feels like the end of the season we had at Bayern – everything is going against us at the moment. We will keep going. We have to fight our way out of this – complaining about it doesn’t help now.’