Joachim Low has ended the international careers of three of Germany’s World Cup winners.
The national team coach travelled to Munich on Tuesday to inform Bayern stars Thomas Muller, 29, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels, both 30, that they won’t represent their country again while he remains at the helm.
“I thank Mats, Jerome and Thomas for the many successful, extraordinary and unique years together,” said Low.
“It was important for me to personally explain my decision to the players and the Bayern management.
“It’s time to set the course for the future in the national team, we want to give the team a new face, and I’m convinced that’s the right move.
“The youngsters coming through will have the room they need to grow. Now it’s up to them to take on responsibility.”
📰 @esmuellert_, @matshummels and @JB17Official have been told by Joachim #Löw today that they are no longer part of his #DieMannschaft plans 👉 https://t.co/YEoV67h6vz pic.twitter.com/KAItK9h5Jq
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) March 5, 2019
Muller, Boateng and Hummels have all paid the price for a miserable World Cup campaign and Germany’s relegation in the Nations League.
Die Mannschaft general manager Oliver Bierhoff added: “Thomas, Mats and Jerome have achieved great things for German football so far and will continue to do so in their club and I still feel very connected to them.
“I’m grateful for their time together in the national team.
“We now want to make it clear that this is a new beginning for the squad.”