Bayern question timing of Muller Hummels Boateng exclusion from Germany squad

Bayern question timing of Muller Hummels Boateng exclusion from Germany squad

Bayern question timing of Muller Hummels Boateng exclusion from Germany squad

Ahead of his selection, the coach broke the news that Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels were longer in his plans.

Germany's next match is a friendly against Serbia in Wolfsburg on 20 March before their first Euro 2020 qualifier against the Netherlands four days later.

"The young national team players will have the space they need to fully develop".

"They are all still world-class players who are at the forefront of their club and guarantee success".

When making his announcement, Low claimed he now needs to look to the future to bring in a new era of success.

Between them, Hummels, Boateng, both 30, and Mueller, still only 29, boast 246 appearances for Germany and were at the heart of the team which won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

For the upcoming worldwide break, Low has announced some new plans for the team. "They have to take responsibility now".

"Thomas, Mats and Jerome have achieved a lot until now for German football", added Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff. I was totally dumbfounded by this decision out of the blue by the national coach.

Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said he was "irritated" by the timing of Low's announcement.

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All three players have struggled for form this season at Bayern Munich and with 246 global caps between them (Hummels - 70 caps, Muller - 100 and Boateng - 76) it is certainly the end of an era.

"You could have thrown these three players out of the national team two months ago, after so many years of merit, and not a week before the important match in the Champions League".

Loew's decision heralds the end of an impressive global career for Mueller, who broke through as a raw 20-year-old at the 2010 World Cup and went on to score 38 goals in 100 appearances.

With a year to go before the European championships, Loew feels now is the time to remove more of his old guard having already last year dropped Sami Khedira, another 2014 World Cup victor.

'I am sad about this news because it has always been the greatest thing for me to represent my country.

"But it's mostly the character of the decision that I don't understand".

"I was young myself and reliant on older players to make room for me".

"I was always proud to wear the DFB shirt. I wish the national team the best of luck for the future".

Thomas Muller says he is angry about the way Joachim Low dumped him from the Germany squad.

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