Germany coach Joachim Low will miss the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia after he was injured in a "sporting accident".

The German Football Federation (DFB) confirmed Low's treatment is proceeding well, but the 59-year-old has been advised by doctors to rest for the next month.

Low will be replaced by his assistant Marcus Sorg and goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke for the trip to Borisov on June 8 and subsequent visit of Estonia three days later.

Nevertheless, Low plans to remain in contact with them and team manager Oliver Bierhoff around the fixtures.

"I'm feeling well again, but I have to relax a bit over the next four weeks," Low said in the DFB's statement.

"I'm in constant contact with my coaching team, and we'll be in close contact with each other around the two matches.

"Marcus Sorg, Andy Kopke and Oliver Bierhoff have a lot of experience and together we will bridge this short break. "

Bierhoff remains confident everything will run smoothly despite Low's absence, and that all decisions will be discussed with him.

He added: "The most important thing is that Jogi will be fit in a couple of days, and even though you know he would like to be at the training ground it is right for him to relax.

"Marcus Sorg and Andy Kopke know the procedures and the team very well, they discuss everything closely with Jogi anyway."

Germany began their Group C campaign with a 3-2 win away to Netherlands in March, as they set out to eradicate the underwhelming 2018 World Cup campaign from their memories.

Northern Ireland lead the pool heading into the next round of fixtures, having won both of their first two matches.

Joachim Low was left "very satisfied" after Germany started their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 3-2 win over Netherlands.

Nico Schulz's 90th-minute goal saw Low's men to victory in the Group C clash in Amsterdam on Sunday.

After a difficult 2018 that led to questions over his position as coach, Low said he had moved on from the tough year.

Asked if he was happy, Low said: "I am very satisfied.

"I personally feel very good. I do not think about the old year anymore, I went through it.

"We had good moments during the last games already. I had this good feeling before the game already because in France and at home against Netherlands we were playing well too but weren't rewarded."

Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry had put Germany in control before the hosts responded in the second half, drawing level through Matthijs de Ligt and Memphis Depay, only for Schulz to deliver the winner.

Low explained his decision to start with Sane, Gnabry and Leon Goretzka in attack.

"We wanted to attack with three players. With Leroy, Serge and Leon that we attack their four defenders and [Frenkie] de Jong too," he said.

"We wanted these three guys to play very close together and show a variable playing style with changing positions a lot.

"It was not about playing with two forwards but more with three who are playing offensively together and find spaces."

Matthijs de Ligt felt Netherlands were scared to attack Germany in the first half of their Euro 2020 qualifying defeat in Amsterdam.

Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane scored fantastic goals to put Joachim Low's side 2-0 up at the break in Group C on Sunday.

De Ligt's first international goal halved the deficit shortly after the restart with Memphis Depay then drawing Ronald Koeman's men level.

But Germany, who were beaten 3-0 by Netherlands in the Nations League last year, snatched the points in the last minute when Nico Schulz struck.

Koeman made changes at half-time to get his side back in the game and Ajax captain De Ligt accepted Netherlands were too passive in the opening period.

"The first half wasn't good," the teenage centre-back told NOS. "We didn't put on the pressure and they had a lot of space.

"Germany has very skillful players with guys like Sane, Gnabry, [Leon] Goretzka and [Toni] Kroos.

"Maybe we were somehow scared to attack Germany. In the second half we showed we're a good team, but that was too late.

"It's the Dutch mentality to try to score a third goal. You could keep pressing or defend and we did the first thing, but you should remain focused and we lacked in the end."

Virgil van Dijk agreed with De Ligt's assessment, both centre-backs having appeared unsettled by Low's use of a formation that included no strikers but saw Sane and Gnabry roam off the flanks.

"We knew we have a long way to go and tonight proved that," the Liverpool defender told NOS.  "We came back so well and then you should grab a point at least. Too bad it didn't work out that way.

"We had difficulties in the first half. They had a lot of movement and we weren't organised well. We improved a lot in the second half when Frenkie de Jong played more from midfield."

Joachim Low feels there is still work to do for Germany despite his new-look side winning 3-2 away to Netherlands in a high-quality Euro 2020 qualifier.

Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane scored superb goals to give Germany a 2-0 lead in Amsterdam in Group C, but Memphis Depay inspired a turnaround after the break with a goal and an assist.

With the spoils seemingly set to be shared, Nico Schulz came up with a late winner to give Germany victory at the Johan Cruijff ArenA on Sunday.

It was revenge for Germany, beaten 3-0 by Ronald Koeman's side in the Nations League last year, and their first victory away to the Dutch in 23 years.

Low, though, understands his young squad will need patience as Germany seek to bounce back from their awful World Cup defence.

"The first half was great, we had the game under complete control," Low said to RTL.

"The second-half goal came at a very bad time. Today we had the luck of the game that we missed in the past games.

"A win in Holland is very good, it will help us in our further process. But we still have a lot of work ahead of us.

"We stayed in the match until the very end, so compliments to the team."

Manuel Neuer made a brace of key first-half saves to repel Ryan Babel, justifying his selection over Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

But the Germany captain is not taking his place in the side for granted with Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp also available to Low.

"The late winning goal means a lot," Neuer told RTL.

"Especially in the previous duels with Holland they have often caught us in the final stages, so I thought that the turning point would come for us today.

"It is not so easy for a young team to clear their minds, just keep playing, it was difficult, but we did not lose heart, tried everything and fortunately still achieved this winning goal. 

"Basically, public opinion always interests me, but I have to concentrate on my job, like all goalkeepers - like Marc, Kevin, Bernd, all great men."

Nico Schulz scored a superb last-minute winner as Germany survived a Netherlands fightback in Amsterdam to earn a gripping 3-2 victory in Group C of Euro 2020 qualifying.

Germany coach Joachim Low named a side without a striker but goals from wingers Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane, symbols of their new generation, established a 2-0 half-time lead.

Memphis Depay recorded a goal and an assist as Netherlands came from behind after the interval to seemingly claim a point at the Johan Cruijff ArenA on Sunday.

Germany, though, earned revenge for last year's 3-0 Nations League defeat against Ronald Koeman's side, when wide man Schulz got forward to finish brilliantly with his weaker right foot.

Joachim Low confirmed that Leroy Sane is fit to face the Netherlands in Germany's European Championship qualifier on Sunday after being the victim of a "vicious foul" against Serbia.

Sane hobbled off in second-half stoppage time in Germany's 1-1 friendly draw after a challenge from Milan Pavkov that earned the Serbian a red card.

Serge Gnabry missed the game due to an illness but Low confirmed that both players would be fit for the start of his side's Group C campaign at the Johan Cruijff ArenA, and said Manuel Neuer and Toni Kroos would be in his starting line-up.

"Both Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry are fit and available to play," Low told reporters. "I can confirm that Manuel Neuer and Toni Kroos will both start the game.

"There's always a special atmosphere in this fixture. We want to have a successful qualifying campaign and obviously results are key to that, but we're also after a continuous development within the team.

"Netherlands have great chemistry and will be highly motivated. But we're well equipped to put in a good performance here tomorrow night, and we will."

Kroos was among the substitutes against Serbia but is set to partner Joshua Kimmich at the heart of Germany's midfield against the Netherlands.

With Low having alternated between a defensive back three and a line of four in previous games, Kroos said his team-mates were comfortable with either system.

"We have had some good performances recently with a back-three," said the Real Madrid playmaker.

"But we're very familiar with a back four, too. I feel comfortable in both systems."

On his prospective partnership with Kimmich, he added: "The last few games have shown that we work well together.

"We complement each other - it's certainly an option long-term."

Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman has warned his players not to take Germany lightly in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Sunday.

World Cup winners in 2014, Joachim Low's side offered a meek title defence in Russia as they bowed out at the group stage, and they were subsequently relegated from the Nations League top tier having finished bottom of a group featuring Netherlands and France.

Low caused controversy earlier this month by dropping Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels from his squad, while Die Mannschaft were booed off at half-time in Wednesday's 1-1 friendly draw with Serbia in Wolfsburg.

Koeman, who saw his side stretch their unbeaten run to five matches with a 4-0 win over Belarus in their opening Group C game on Thursday, is adamant that Low's men should not be underestimated and he sees some similarities with his own situation when he took charge of the national team last year.

"If you don't lose for a long time, there will be a moment you do lose, even though we would like to stay in our winning ways," he told a media conference.

"If you compare the two squads, it's more clear on our side. Our players look more confident, sometimes a bit too arrogant against Belarus. But we do realise that we have to be at our best because Germany has really good players that can make our lives miserable.

"Of course, there's some parallels. They're rejuvenating, they've tried different formations like I did. I too started with five defenders, but we switched to a different system, which we will keep for now.

"We've tried to develop young players, that's what's Germany is doing now as well. Maybe it's easier to just start with new players than having to say goodbye to older players - that's what's happened in Germany. Muller, Boateng and Hummels still play at the highest level. But that's their problem."

Memphis Depay was instrumental in the emphatic win over Belarus, scoring twice and creating the other two.

Koeman attributes the 25-year-old's form to the greater freedom he enjoys with the national team than at Lyon, but admits there is still room for improvement for the former Manchester United forward.

"I don't do anything special with Memphis, I only give him confidence," he added.

"But of course, he has a lot more freedom here than at his club. He's playing centrally with lots of freedom and he has a good connection with [Ryan] Babel, [Steven] Bergwijn and [Georginio] Wijnaldum. We've tried to develop that.

"From the moment he walks in, he's having fun. That's like it should be. But not everything is good. Some things still need to get better. That's what we talk about."

Joachim Low has hinted Manuel Neuer will remain his first-choice goalkeeper at the start of Germany's Euro 2020 qualification campaign ahead of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Neuer started against Serbia in Wednesday's 1-1 friendly draw, suggesting the Bayern Munich goalkeeper is still in front of his rival for the role.

Barcelona's Ter Stegen replaced Neuer at half-time but had very little to do, Germany improving in the second half as they fought back to avoid defeat on home soil.

Germany's qualifying campaign begins on Sunday with a trip to face Netherlands, and Neuer looks set to keep his place in Low's XI.

"You can assume that," Low told reporters when asked if Neuer's selection on Wednesday was an indication of him also doing so on Sunday.

"At the end of last week or in the past, I've already said that Marc-Andre will definitely have some chances. That's my plan.

"Now we have just made one game, in this one he has played a half. That was our decision, that Manuel plays as captain in the first half.

"In the second half then Marc-Andre played, but we still have some games during the year and he will certainly get his opportunity."

Leon Goretzka spared Germany's blushes as Joachim Low's men salvaged a 1-1 friendly draw with Serbia on Wednesday, their first game of a so-called new era without Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller.

Low shocked German football earlier this month when announcing the World Cup-winning trio were no longer in his plans, and while Goretzka’s goal avoided defeat in Wolfsburg, the defensive performance suggested Hummels and Boateng could still be of use.

Germany's new-look back four held firm for just 12 minutes, as Barcelona-linked Luka Jovic nodded in from close range, with Serbia looking the more threatening for the majority of the first half.

The hosts coped better with Serbia's ability on the break in the final 30 minutes and were deserving of their equaliser courtesy of Goretzka, though they were unable to find a winner despite the late dismissal of Milan Pavkov.

Germany started brightly and controlled the early proceedings only for Serbia to find the net with the first attempt on target – Jovic expertly steering a header beyond Manuel Neuer after a corner fortunately deflected to the in-form Eintracht Frankfurt striker.

Serbia had a narrow escape at the other end eight minute before half-time, goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic somehow blocking Timo Werner's goal-bound effort from point-blank range.

The visitors finished the first half on top, however, with a brilliant counter seeing Darko Lazovic square to the unmarked Adem Ljajic, who carelessly shot over with just Neuer to beat.

Serbia threatened again soon after the break when Lazovic horribly sliced a shot over from the edge of the box.

That miss was punished 21 minute from the end, Goretzka taking up possession inside the area, dodging one defender and firing a shot past Dmitrovic.

Serbia saw substitute Pavkov shown a red card for a studs-up challenge on Leroy Sane, albeit Germany did not have enough time left to take advantage of the extra man.

Germany boss Joachim Low would not reveal whether he intends to start captain Manuel Neuer or Marc-Andre ter Stegen for Wednesday's friendly against Serbia.

Neuer, 32, started each of Germany's three games during their disastrous World Cup 2018 campaign and retained his spot for all four of their Nations League fixtures, when Die Mannschaft were relegated out of the top tier to complete a miserable year.

Low has already shown he is not afraid to move on from the stars that won the World Cup five years ago, with Bayern Munich trio Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller all no longer under consideration.

Bayern's Neuer is still part of Low's plans, though his spot as Germany's number one has come under fresh scrutiny after his disappointing performance in Bayern's Champions League exit to Liverpool last week, with ex-Germany captain Lothar Matthaus suggesting that Ter Stegen's "world-class achievements over the past two years" with Barcelona have earned him the opportunity to win the starting berth.

And while Low stressed earlier this week that Germany captain Neuer remains his first-choice keeper, he claimed Ter Stegen would still be given starts and would not reveal who will line up between the posts against Serbia on Wednesday.

"We haven't made a decision yet [over] who will start in goal," Low told reporters at a news conference.

"We will wait until the last training [session]. As I said recently, we have many important games this year and only two friendlies against Serbia and Argentina.

"So Marc will get his chances - that's what I already said.

"How exactly we are going to do it [on Wednesday], I don't know yet. We will talk tonight and with the goalkeepers first."

Germany begin their Euro 2020 qualification campaign against Netherlands on Sunday.

Low's stance on Hummels, Boateng and Muller is an indication he wants the national team to move in a new direction, and he added that he would support his young players in the hope they can develop in international football.

"We now face a new time, a new challenge," Low said.

"I have to give the team the feeling that we fully trust them.

"We have to give them the chance to develop, take over more responsibilities and also, during a rough patch, offer more solutions when they make mistakes so they have the trust to go into the next months."

Oliver Bierhoff insists Germany are not in a "doomsday" scenario as a new era begins following the controversial omissions of Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller.

The Bayern Munich trio, who all played a key role in Germany's World Cup triumph in 2014, have been left out by head coach Joachim Low for the start of the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

Team manager Bierhoff suggested after relegation in the Nations League last year Germany should keep faith with their experienced players, but there appears to have been a change of heart.

Muller reacted angrily to being dropped while Bayern complained at the timing of the announcement, made just days before their Champions League last-16 second leg at home to Liverpool, and former coach Jurgen Klinsmann criticised the decision.

Germany play Serbia in a friendly ahead of facing Netherlands in Euro 2020 qualifying, with RB Leipzig defender Lukas Klostermann, Hertha Berlin midfielder Niklas Stark and Werder Bremen forward Maximilian Eggestein the new faces in Low's squad.

Parallels have been drawn to 2004, when Germany invested in a new generation of talent after being knocked out in the group stage of the European Championship, but Bierhoff is unsure whether their current situation can be compared.

"Jurgen has a view from the outside in," Bierhoff told a news conference. "I do not want to set a doomsday scenario, we are in a better situation compared to 2004.

"There are fewer and fewer potential players in the U16, U17 area, but at the moment we still have a lot of good players we can develop. Other nations are better off, but we can look back on a good base, not as good as 2010, but we still have good players.

"I think the most important thing was that the players learned it [being dropped] from us, from Jogi Low. It was the right step to keep it short. This question of respect has surprised me, and for me as a player, the truth has always been the most important thing, and my impression is that after the first annoyance, some calm is restored."

Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt conceded he did not expect Muller, Hummels and Boateng to be left out by Low but suggested they may return one day.

"I was surprised when I read about it, I do not know the national team without the three of them," he told reporters on Monday. 

"We take the situation and we want to continue to be successful with the DFB, you never know what's going to happen in the middle of it all, you always see each other twice in your life.

"Of course we have a lot going on, the team is a bit younger now, and a lot of young players, including myself, want to be more responsible, and we need to do that over time.

"I have to find my own way, I do not worry, one says more on the pitch. Manuel Neuer and Toni Kroos are still there, they bring a little more experience."

Joachim Low has called up three new players in his first Germany squad since controversially axing senior trio Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng.

Low confirmed last week that the World Cup-winning trio will not be part of his plans for their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, which starts against Netherlands on March 24, four days after a friendly with Serbia.

Low has instead turned to RB Leipzig defender Lukas Klostermann, Hertha Berlin midfielder Niklas Stark and Werder Bremen's exciting forward Maximilian Eggestein as he looks to reverse Die Mannschaft's fortunes after a calamitous World Cup campaign in Russia last year.

Muller, Hummels and Boateng have all expressed disappointment with the communication surrounding the decision to drop them from the squad and Low says he understands their frustrations.

"I understand that the players are incredibly disappointed," he told a media conference.

"I told them that I would be planning without them for the European Championships qualification and I wanted to be honest."

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan have been recalled after missing the squad for November's Nations League meeting with Netherlands and friendly against Russia.

There is no place, however, for Jonas Hector, Julian Draxler, Sebastian Rudy and Mark Uth, who were all included in the initial squad for their last fixtures.

Germany squad in full: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona) Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt - on loan from Paris Saint-Germain); Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Nico Schulz (Hoffenheim), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen), Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Niklas Stark (Hertha Berlin); Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Leroy Sane (Manchester City); Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Maximilian Eggestein (Werder Bremen).

Joshua Kimmich says Joachim Low's handling of the decision to sideline Bayern Munich team-mates Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng from Germany duty "was not okay".

On Tuesday, Germany boss Low confirmed in an interview with Bild that the World Cup winners are not part of his Euro 2020 qualifying plans.

Low explained that his ruthless decision was borne out of a desire to blood Die Mannschaft's future following a dismal 2018 that saw Germany's World Cup defence end in group-stage disgrace, while they were also relegated from the top-tier of the inaugural Nations League.

Bayern later released a statement saying they were "irritated" by the timing of Low's decision, which came before Saturday's 6-0 Bundesliga hammering of Wolfsburg and the upcoming Champions League last-16 second leg against Liverpool – a tie locked at 0-0.

Muller himself admitted he was angered, while Bayern coach Niko Kovac said it "wasn't right" and Kimmich has questioned Low's thought process.

"I first heard about it from the press, one day later the three boys told me," Kimmich told reporters after the Wolfsburg game. "Yes, I was [surprised]. 

"I know the national team only with these three players. Over the past 10 years, they have shaped the team and made us world champions. They are also my team-mates. 

"From a player's point of view, the way was not okay, so I understand that the guys are disappointed.

"Especially when you consider that they are only 29 and 30 years old. Thomas has made 100 games for Germany, for example. Then you have earned another departure. 

"Football is often talked about old and young - I think that none of the boys are too old to play in the national team."

All three ostracised players were involved against Wolfsburg, with Muller scoring Bayern's fourth goal, and Kimmich felt the trio were playing with a point to prove.

"You do not shake things off that easily," he added. 

"I am a national player myself and I know how special it is to play for Germany. 

"I do not think you can get that out of your head after two days, but they showed what they got. They have played a very good game."

Mats Hummels is not happy with the way Joachim Low dumped him from the Germany squad.

Low announced on Tuesday that Hummels, along with Bayern Munich team-mates Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller, would no longer be considered for selection.

Hummels has made 70 appearances for Germany and, along with Muller and Boateng, helped his country to glory at the 2014 World Cup.

The 30-year-old has now broken his silence to reveal that he is not impressed with how Low and the German Football Association [DFB] have handled the situation.

"With some distance, I would also like to comment on the decision of the national team coach," Hummels wrote on Twitter.

"Regardless of what I think is a reasonable sporting decision (which, of course, I respect), I can't comprehend the way it has been delivered.

"In my opinion, I have always had a good relationship with the people at the DFB and we have always been fair with each other.

"Thomas, Jerome and I gave everything for the national team for years and the way this has been handled doesn't do justice to what we've accomplished and achieved in my eyes. And that leaves me far from cold because I loved playing for Germany!

"For me, I can say: they have been wonderful years, 70 caps, far exceeding everything I once dreamed of as a kid. I was allowed to take part in four major tournaments.

"It was crowned by winning the 2014 World Cup. I will carry this feeling inside me forever and I would have really liked to have given everything again to repeat something similar."

Muller, meanwhile, took to social media on Wednesday to blast Low, saying: "The longer I think about it, the more I get angry about the way this happened. I was totally dumbfounded by this decision out of the blue."

Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac admits he was surprised by Joachim Low's ruthless decision to declare he will no longer call up Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng or Mats Hummels for Germany.

Low confirmed in an interview with Bild on Tuesday that the World Cup-winning trio will not be part of his plans for Euro 2020 qualifying.

Bayern issued a statement to criticise the timing of the announcement, with the Bundesliga champions facing Wolfsburg on Saturday before the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Liverpool on Wednesday.

Kovac says the three players are upset by the decision, but he is backing them to respond by performing well on the pitch.

"I know that my players are disappointed - especially by the finality of it. To say a player is past it at 29, 30 isn't right," he told a news conference.

"The boys are fully focused now and I'm convinced that they will let their performances do the talking." 

Bayern head into Saturday's game level with Borussia Dortmund on 54 points at the top of the table.

Kovac thinks closing the gap to Lucien Favre's side has stimulated his Bayern players, although he is wary of underestimating a Wolfsburg side who have only lost four times in 15 away games this season in all competitions.

"I'm convinced catching up has inspired us," he said. "We were obviously dependent on the teams that played against BVB, but we had to do our job. Now it goes to the finish.

"This is a very important game for us. We're on a good run and we want to continue that at the weekend. Wolfsburg are also in good form - they are the second-best away team in the league. We need to be on red alert." 

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