World Cup 2018: Germany chiefs had to turn off wifi after players stayed up until 4am playing Fifa and Fortnite
GERMANY’S dismal World Cup campaign could have been down to late-night computer gaming, according to reports in Germany.
Bild claim the German football association cut their wireless connection because too many of their failing stars were playing FIFA and Fortnite into the small hours.
Joachim Low’s side defended their title in desperate fashion, crashing out of their favourable-looking group following defeats to Mexico and Korea.
The players were forced to deny that rival cliques inside the 23-man squad were the source of their woeful form.
And the latest line to come out is that some of the flops were actually having too much fun away from the pitch, bolted away in their hotel rooms.
Thomas Muller denied cliques in the squad were to blame for their shock loss to Mexico but admitted they could have been careless in preparation.
The Bayern ace said: “I wish the criticism would be a little less personal.
And when pressed on Bayern cliques in the team, Muller snapped back: “Is that confirmed? Do you have a source? No? OK.
“We have lots of tables when we eat. I have lots of opportunities to choose where to sit.
“In 2012 we didn’t have great chemistry, but that’s not the case now.
“Perhaps we thought a little carelessly that our usual freshness and performance would be present when the tournament got started. That was an error of judgement.”
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Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has admitted the shell-shocked reigning champions held crisis talks after the opening 1-0 defeat to Mexico.
He said: “There have never been such strong words within the team as after the Mexico game.
“It’s a good sign. You can tell that many players want to get involved.
“We talked a lot about what we have to do better. Apart from what has been written, we ourselves are our harshest critics.
“We are mad at ourselves and disappointed with what we showed against Mexico on the field.
“I see everyone as responsible, especially the players who were on the pitch.
“We have many experienced players who want and need to take responsibility. That has always been the axis.”