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Germany Out Of Euros

German Football Players

Germany returned home on Wednesday following their Euro 2020 last-16 defeat by England, with departing coach Joachim Loew at the center of fierce criticism after another early tournament elimination.

Loew, who had a contract until 2022 but following several bad results decided in March to leave after the Euros, should have gone much earlier, many people believe.

“It is too early to analyze what worked and what didn’t,” Loew told a news conference on Wednesday, back in the squad’s Bavarian base. “Some things worked really well, some not.”

“What I know in these four and half weeks we invested everything we had. Going into detail now about what went wrong makes little sense for me. I take full responsibility for yesterday’s defeat and the early tournament exit.”

Speaking to the media after Germany’s loss, Real Madrid man Toni Kroos expressed his disappointment over bowing out of Euro 2020 in the round-of-16 stage.

“We played a decent game. If you go out in the round of 16, that’s disappointing,” lamented the former Bayern Munich midfielder. “Overall, it’s just extremely bitter.”

Chelsea’s rising star Kai Havertz believed that his side showed signs of improvement after an even first-half, but it ultimately wasn’t enough to get past the English defense.

“In the first half it was a match at eye level,” said the 22-year-old. “We got better from halftime.”

While departing coach Joachim Löw and captain Manuel Neuer rued Germany’s missed chances, Havertz refrained from pointing fingers.

“We are all in the same boat. We are one unit,” Havertz remarked. “England are not a bad team, they are very stable. Of course it’s disappointing to be eliminated in the round of 16.”

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