German defender Boateng ruled out clashes in France

BERLIN: German defender Jerome Boateng was eliminated on Tuesday from the away match of the League of Nations against France in Paris, the Germans under fire wanting to avoid a record sixth loss in a calendar year.

Boateng suffered a calf injury in Amsterdam while the Germans were beaten 3-0 by the Netherlands on Saturday, putting them at the bottom of their League of Nations group.

The 30-year-old central defender was injured 20 minutes from the end, but the match was over, with German coach Joachim Loew having already used his three replacements, the Germans chasing the match 1-0 before the Dutch score two goals late in the game.

Boateng, winner of the 2014 World Cup, will be replaced against the French by his teammate Niklas Suele of Bayern Munich or Jonathan Tah of Bayer Leverkusen, who was enlisted in the senior team on Saturday after being captain of the 39, under-21 team on Friday.

After the debacle in Amsterdam, Germany hopes to win a victory at the Stade de France in Paris to avoid becoming the first German national team to lose six times in a single year and to ease the growing pressure on Loew.

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