Germany’s Toni Kroos and Jerome Boateng after the match against France which ended with a 0-0 draw. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert
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Germany are trying to move into a new era after their disastrous World Cup campaign, but Thursday's 0-0 draw with France showed the importance to coach Joachim Loew of keeping faith in the old guard. Loew's starting lineup at the Allianz Arena against the world champions featured five members of the German team that beat Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final – goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, center-backs Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, midfielder Toni Kroos and forward Thomas Mueller.Loew also opted to start with Ginter and Antonio Ruediger, center-backs by trade, in the full-back positions, a decision that was rewarded as Germany kept Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and company at bay.Loew signed a new contract through to 2022 before the World Cup began, and the Nations League offers his team an early opportunity to win over supporters once again.
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