The 2018 World Cup were some of the darkest days German football has experienced in living memory.
Their disastrous performance in Russia followed by relegation from their Nations League group meant big changes were needed.
The DFB (German FA) stuck by manager Joachim Low, who has been in charge since 2006.
So instead, a number of well-known players were cut from the national team’s set-up.
Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, who all played big roles in helping Die Mannschaft win the 2014 World Cup, were all told this year that their time on the international scene was up.
This has led to a new wave of German stars coming through in recent times as they plan for Euro 2020 and beyond.
However, next up for the Germans is an international friendly against Argentina, who they beat when they last became world champions, in Dortmund tonight.
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Ahead of the game talkSPORT.com has taken a look at SEVEN youngsters, who are in the squad for the match as well as their Euro 2020 qualifier against Estonia on Sunday, and who could be the future of Germany’s national team.
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After starring for Germany at the Under-21 European Championships, attacking midfielder Amiri has been called up to the senior squad.
Amiri, 22, scored three times in the tournament including in the final which saw Germany lose to Spain.
It’s not clear how much of Germany’s upcoming matches the Bayer Leverkusen man will play, however.
Anyone who didn’t know anything about the Bayern Munich man before last month, will certainly know what he’s about now.
The former Arsenal player’s FOUR goals in a 7-2 thrashing of Tottenham in the Champions League, all of them in the second half.
Gnabry, 24, will give the Germans that added flair going forward which was what they were lacking at the last World Cup.
Lots of people are talking about this boy who has been dubbed ‘the next Michael Ballack’.
Havertz, 20, currently plies his trade at Bayer Leverkusen, a former club of Ballack’s, but has been linked with the likes of Liverpool in the past.
He’s made a handful of appearances for Germany’s senior side since making his debut in September 2018 but Havertz is without a doubt one for the future.
Josh Kimmich was Germany’s right-back at the World Cup, but it would be a waste of his talent to not play him in midfield.
And with Thilo Kehrer injured, there’s a slot available. Leipzig star Klostermann, who is expected to start against Argentina, could be the one to make that position his own for the national team.
The 23-year-old is not the most mobile but makes plenty of effective runs down the right when on the attack and can tackle well – his play reminds you of Swiss full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner.
Filling the void left by Hummels is a big ask and Stark is set for his international bow with Matthias Ginter injured.
You could say the Hertha Berlin man is a late bloomer by making his senior debut for Germany at 24, but if he performs well then it’ll give Low one or two things to think about for selections in the future.
Another centre-back looking to establish himself in the Germany set-up is Leverkusen star Tah, 23.
He played in a back three alongside Ginter and Niklas Sule against the Netherlands last month – the Oranje winning 4-2 in Hamburg.
Tah actually scored an own goal in the game but it’s unlikely he’ll let that define his entire international career.
Low also said he plans to plans to give Freiburg forward Waldschmidt his international debut for the Argentina game.
Waldschmidt, 23, scored nine Bundesliga goals last season but has already fired four in seven matches this term.
Time will tell on whether he can develop on his lightning form in the 2019/20 season.