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Müller’s maiden cap

Löw: He can become a long-term option

For the national anthems, Thomas Müller was flanked by seasoned veterans Philipp Lahm (64 caps) and Miroslav Klose (94 caps), but the debut man was on his own after that. He covered the first 67 minutes of Germany’s meeting with Argentina, and looks likely to be back for more. “Thomas Müller can become a long-term option on the right,” said Germany boss Joachim Löw.

Always lively, and wholly unencumbered by respect for the big-name Argentines, Müller was one of few bright spots for Germany on a below-par night at the Allianz Arena. He was in the thick of a midfield melee just seconds into his debut, and bottled no tackles, kept possession tidily and played a good number of passes thereafter. “I have the feeling Thomas Müller never gets nervous,” said Löw.

Delighted with debut

Müller confessed to “mixed feelings” after his first full international. “Obviously, I’m thrilled about my debut. It was great to be part of it, and here in Munich too. But it's a shame we lost,” said the Bayern man, the club’s 78th Germany international. “I think I made a decent impression,” he summarised.