Pressure continues to grow on German coach Joachim Löw after his side drew with the Netherlands in their final Nations League fixture.

Timo Werner and Leroy Sane found the back of the net early to give the Germans a 2-0 lead.

Germany dominated the first half and could have led by more if it were not for poor finishing.

However, goals to Quincy Promes and Virgil Van Dijk in the final five minutes ensured the Dutch came away with an unlikely draw.

The result ended a disappointing Nations League campaign for Germany.

The Germans were relegated from Group A and could also miss out on being seeded for the European Championship should Poland draw with Portugal tomorrow morning.

Löw’s tenure as manager has come under question after Germany’s group stage exit at the World Cup.

Since taking charge of the national team in 2006, Low has won the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Confederations Cup in 2017.

But following poor results in Russia, Löw’s position has been questioned; with many pundits suggesting it is time for a change in the German setup.

Germany are in a midst of the rebuild after a decade of dominance.

The retirements of Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslav Klose has left a hole in the German setup.

Mesut Ozil also announced his retirement from the national team, which has forced Low to blood young players.

In their 3-0 victory over Russia in a friendly last week, only Manuel Neuer (32) and Jonas Hector (28) were aged over 25 in the starting 11.

Leroy Sane, who was surprisingly left out of the German squad for the World Cup is now one of their most important players.

Business manager of the national team Oliver Bierhoff said the side has hit “rock bottom” but believes it is necessary for the future of the team.

That (relegation) capped off the bad year we had yet again,” Bierhoff said.
“Perhaps it’s necessary to hit bottom like this, so that we can really tackle the climb back up.

“We’re starting again from scratch. The relegation perhaps makes us more aware of the fact that we have to approach the qualifications for the Euro 2020 next year accordingly.”

“The relegation is definitely not the end of the world. Relegation changes nothing about how we approach this game. First of all, it’s a duel for prestige. Second, we want to continue to make progress on our development. And third, with a win, we want to give ourselves a good basis for the Euro qualifications.”

Whether the German Football Association (DFB) believes Löw is the right man to lead the national team rebuild is a question they need to resolve.

The DFB re-signed Low on a long-term contract prior to the World Cup, but in their current form, the DFB may decide it is time to reinvigorate the national team.

Löw has expressed his desire to remain in charge and oversee the rebuild.

The DFB are known for their patience and will review every aspect of the national team setup before they make a decision on Löw.

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