Veteran Borussia Dortmund center-back Mats Hummels may once again be brought back into the national team fold after Hansi Flick’s Germany struggled in the latest UEFA Nations League cycle, according to BILD.
“Hansi Flick has opened the door for Mats Hummels to return to the national team for the World Cup following his strong performances with BVB, despite not being called up recently. Hummels would be happy to be included in the 26-man World Cup squad even as a substitute.
A possible return for Hummels was corroborated by the 33-year-old experienced defender as well; “We are in regular contact (with Hansi Flick) and discussing how we see the situation.”
The European juggernaut finished third in Group A3 behind Italy and Hungary with questions now beginning to surface as to whether or not the four-time World Cup winners have what it takes to conquer all before them in less than two months’ time at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
A 3-3 draw against England highlighted recent struggles under Flick in the wake of a 1-0 loss to Hungary in Leipzig on Friday night - the first of the Flick reign since he took over from Joachim Löw - after Germany let a 2-0 lead slip in a back-and-forth second half at Wembley against their long-time international rivals.
Germany failed to keep a single clean sheet during Nations League play despite the presence of options the likes of Antonio Rüdiger, Niklas Süle, Nico Schlotterbeck, and Matthias Ginter in the heart of the back line.
Given the nation’s frustrating defensive record of late and the lack of a truly experienced head in defense at the senior international level, Hummels’ recent strong form for Dortmund dating back to his return to the Ruhr valley last season could be just what the doctor ordered for Germany in a winter tournament that many expect Flick to help reverse the debacle that was Russia 2018 as well as Euro 2020.