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Joachim Löw to continue as Germany head coach

The German Football Association has thrown its support behind Joachim Löw to continue as head coach of the national team.

Low to continue as Germany head coach

Joachim Löw will continue as Germany head coach after intense scrutiny over his future following the 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Spain.

Pressure on the World Cup-winning boss grew immeasurably following the Nations League humbling earlier this month and the German Football Association (DFB) said there would be a "timetable" to assess the "situation".

On Monday, the governing body reaffirmed its support for the 60-year-old to lay to rest any speculation his long tenure was about to come to an end.

The news follows crunch talks between Löw, who has been in the job since 2006, and senior members of the DFB, including national team director Oliver Bierhoff.

Löw's future plans

"It was important for the national coach to discuss the current situation, the defeat against Spain and the months ahead of the European Championship in an open, constructive and intensive exchange," a DFB statement read. 

"In the process, Joachim Löw informed those involved about his assessments, ideas and further plans. 

"The members of the Executive Committee agreed that what counts is the high-quality work of the coaching staff, the intact relationship between the team and the coach and a clear concept for the previous and future procedures. 

"A single game cannot and must not be a yardstick for the general performance of the national team and the national coach."

Germany's heaviest defeat since 1931

The reverse against Spain was Germany's heaviest defeat since they lost to Austria in a friendly in 1931 by the same scoreline, as Manuel Neuer, who set a new record for a German goalkeeper by winning his 96th cap, conceded six goals in a competitive game for the first time in his career.

The manner of the defeat, described by Löw as "awful", was particularly concerning. Germany failed to muster a shot on target, had just 30 per cent of the possession, and Toni Kroos (43) was the only player from the visitors to have more successful passes than Spain goalkeeper Unai Simón (41).

It was their first loss of 2020, yet they won only three of eight matches this year, also drawing with Spain, Switzerland twice and Turkey.

Germany will be keen for a considerable improvement prior to next year's rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament, in which they are in a tough Group F alongside world champions France, holders Portugal and Hungary.