Football: Matthaus out of twilight zone
Tuesday 12 May 1998
Matthaus, Germany's most-capped player with 122 appearances for his country, is the surprise inclusion in Germany's 22-man squad for the finals in France. He last represented his country against Albania on December 18, 1994.
Matthaus was dropped from the German team two years ago, just before Euro 96, and chose at the time to criticise Vogts and to attack Klinsmann for allegedly lobbying to have him removed from the squad. The 37-year- old's international career had appeared to be over, but the long-term absence of Matthias Sammer left the libero position wide open.
Only last week, Klinsmann - who succeeded Matthaus as Germany's captain - agreed to end their long-running dispute, which dates back to the time they played together for Bayern Munich, for the good of the national side.
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