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Low is ready to start the Germany rebuild after World Cup exit


By Declan Warrington

Joachim Low will remain as Germany head coach despite their surprise World Cup exit.

Low, who only signed a contract extension until 2022 in May, told his bosses at the German Football Association he wanted to continue in the role after defeat to South Korea in the group stage produced their earliest departure from the tournament in 80 years.

He was told by officials he retains their full support and would be allowed to continue.

President Reinhard Grindel said: "We have had a very open and trusting exchange in which we have addressed many points, and we are all convinced that with Jogi Low we have a national coach who will analyse very carefully and take the right steps."

Low has been in charge since taking over after the 2006 World Cup, where he was assistant to predecessor Jurgen Klinsmann, and he insisted he wanted to be the one to head the rebuilding job.

"It was important for me after a few days of reflection to personally get in touch with the DFB leadership. My disappointment is still huge. But now I want to lead the rebuilding with full commitment," Low said.

"It all takes time, but everything will happen in time for the start of the new international season in September."

Meanwhile, the Danish Football Association said yesterday that they have reported death threats made against striker Nicolai Jorgensen to the police, after he endured a barrage of online abuse for missing a World Cup penalty against Croatia.

Jorgensen's miss in Sunday's penalty shootout led to Denmark's elimination from the tournament following a 1-1 stalemate in Nizhny Novgorod.

"Stop. Our society must never accept death threats - neither against World Cup stars, politicians or others. It is completely unacceptable and indecent," the Danish FA said in a statement. "We are reporting the case to the police to end this madness."

Three Danes - Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schone and Jorgensen - missed from the spot as Croatia won the shootout 3-2 but Jorgensen was the last to do so, drawing threats and abusive language on his Instagram and Facebook profiles.

Jorgensen, who plays for Feyenoord, has been linked with a move to Newcastle United this summer. The clubs were unable to reach an agreement during the January window.

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