FC Bayern München goalkeeper Manuel Neuer explained that Germany coach Joachim Low dropped him for two upcoming World Cup qualifiers, because of a lack of match sharpness.
Die Mannschaft face the Czech Republic and Norway in early September's pair of Group C qualifiers, and Neuer was not included in Low's squad after only recently returning from a foot injury.
The 31-year-old returned to Bayern's first team for Saturday's 2-0 victory over SV Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga, after last playing in the UEFA Champions League last April against Real Madrid.
Nonetheless, he has been left out of Germany's squad although the keeper hinted he would have liked to be called up. He told the Bundesliga's official website, "It wasn't my decision not to play in these two Germany games. Of course, I spoke to Joachim, but I don't decide whether I should play, that's his call. I would've liked to be part of it because I would have liked to have got the match practice.
"He didn't want to take any risks after a four-month absence. I can understand the decision. It's logical that he and Andreas Kopke (Germany's goalkeeper coach) came to that decision. They don't want to take any risks with a World Cup to defend next summer."