German legend Franz Beckenbauer has suggested that key youngster should not go to the World Cup this summer with the national side.
Germany are blessed to have one of the best squads of players ahead of the tournament in Brazil but Beckenbauer has suggested that the likes of Arsenal star Serge Gnabry, Arsenal target Julian Draxler and Manchester United target Matthias Ginter shouldn’t be going to Brazil.
“The World Cup is not an under-19 or under-20 tournament as adults play! - He will take adult players, youth players are for four years off,” said the 68-year-old in an interview with TZ.
One of the reasons Draxler is thought to have resisted a move away from FC Schalke last month is because he wanted to play in the Champions League and give himself every chance of making the national squad this summer.
Ginter has come on leaps and bounds from the defender who has been linked with a Premier League move for some time and if reports are accurate, he could be Nemanja Vidic’s replacement at Old Trafford.
The reason players like Draxler, Ginter and Gnabry need to be playing at big tournaments like the World Cup and the Euros is because it allows them to compete against the finest opponents which will ultimately improve their game.
However, Der Kaiser suggests that the best approach for Germany to take is investing in experience, leaving the youngsters behind to mature over the next few years.
“The World Championship is not there to learn! You need experienced players. Low knows better than anyone else,” he added.
They’re interesting comments from the former Bayern Munich star and manager because Low is the person credited with creating the new German side, which he did with younger players when he first used the likes of Mesut Ozil in his team.
If Draxler has a superb end to the season, if Ginter manages to help Freiburg keep clean sheets and if Gnabry forces his way into the Arsenal first team consistently, it will be very hard for Low to leave them behind.
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