Philipp Max was selected on Friday by German national coach Joachim Löw for the international matches against the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Spain. The PSV left back is the second Eredivisie player ever to be called up for Germany.
Max already played in the Olympic team
27-year-old Max is following in the footsteps of Amin Younes, who had the scoop on behalf of Ajax in 2017. The attacker even took part in the Confederations Cup that year and scored twice for Germany as an Eredivisie player.
It happened more often that players first played for (West) Germany and then in the Eredivisie. This applied to Paulo Rink (Vitesse), Heiko Westermann (Ajax), Arno Steffenhagen (Ajax), Helmut Rahn (SC Enschede) and Mario Götze (PSV).
Max owes his appeal to his good start at PSV, which took him over from FC Augsburg for 8 million euros last summer. The attacking defender already gave four assists and scored once.
Amin Younes was the first and so far only Eredivisie player to play for Germany. (Photo: ANP)
In 2016, Max already played international matches for the Olympic team of Germany, which took silver at the Games in Rio de Janeiro, but these do not count as official international matches. Now he is one of 29 players in Löw’s final roster, which includes such refined players as Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos. FC Augsburg defender Felix Uduokhai has also been called up for the first time.
For 63-time international Götze, his transfer to PSV has not yet led to an appeal. The 28-year-old midfielder played his last international match in 2017.
The German selection will meet on Monday in Leipzig, where the exhibition game against the Czech Republic will be played on Wednesday. The Nations League match against Ukraine is also scheduled there for Germany on Saturday 14 October. Löw’s team will close the Nations League group stage on Tuesday, November 17 with an away game against Spain.