It’s only four years since Mario Gotze scored the famous goal for Germany in the World Cup final against Argentina, but world cup hero is almost forgotten by the football fans around the world. The same goes for the assist provider of the goal – Andre Schurrle. Germany’s 1990 World Cup winning team captain Lothar Matthaus doesn’t see 2014 World Cup heroes Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle in Germany’s Russia 2018 squad.
Gotze and Schurrle haven’t enjoyed the same success in football as they deserved after their performance in Brazil. A world Cup hero can’t be one-day fame; they need to be consistent enough to tell the world it wasn’t just a good day for them. However, in case of Gotze and Schurrle, they have hardly lived up to the expectation.
And four years later to their World Cup success, heroes are not welcomed in the defending champion squad. At least not in Lothar Matthus views, former Germany captain, and World Cup winner in 1990. Matthaus told Sky as SportsBild reports, “In my opinion, they shouldn’t be in World Cup squad because in their positions we have midfielders who have shown better performances in recent times.”
However, Matthaus assumes that the BVB professionals thanks to their heroism in 2014 still have a good chance to go with them. “Gotze and Schurrle, despite their non-nomination certainly have a chance because they were heroes of Rio 2014 finals.”
Matthäus also gave his verdict on RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner inclusion in the Russia 2018 team. “For me, it is out of the question that Timo Werner is set. There is no way around it. He has taken a great development and also seems to be very resilient mentally. He has been through a lot at the age of just 22, has been booed for his swallow and has come back stronger. “
Gotze and Schurrle are currently playing together for Borussia Dortmund. Alongside them, another German forgotten hero Marco Reus completes the trio of missing stars in Germany friendly against Spain and Brazil.
However, Germany’s national team coach Jochim Low made it clear it’s the end of the road for them. He said, “At the start of the world cup year we want to have a large pool of players. For some positions, we have a lot of choices, for others not. So we need players who are flexible and versatile. The door to the national team is not yet shut. There are several players who are still being monitored and have a chance if they are convincing in coming weeks.”
The deadline for teams to submit their final World Cup squad is June 4, and Dortmund’s trio has little room to impress their national coach. Whereas Marco Reus has been unlucky with his injuries and being fit to play in an international tournament, Gotze and Schurrle haven’t proved themselves as contenders to go to Russia 2018 with their performances.