Four-time world champions Germany have been dealt a big blow following the news that key defender Jerome Boateng will miss their crucial UEFA Nations League clash with France on Tuesday as a result of an injury.
The Bayern Munich centre-back picked up the injury during the humiliating 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Netherlands in their UEFA Nations League meeting on Saturday night.
World champions France host Germany at Stade de France later this week and the Germans will be without Boateng due to a calf injury.
The 30-year-old endured a frustrating ninety minutes as Germany were torn to shreds by their hosts the Netherlands at the Johan Cryuff Stadium in Amsterdam.
Jerome Boateng was one of the players picked out for blame by the local media in Germany.
The former Manchester City defender was chastised alongside Bayern Munich teammates Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller for their respective performances against the Dutch team.
Virgil Van Dijk is the most expensive defender in the history of world football and he proved his worth by getting the first goal for the Netherlands on the half-hour mark before second-half goals from Memphis Depay and Giorginio Wijnaldum wrapped up the comprehensive victory for the hosts.