Bayern trio Hummels, Boateng and Mueller out of Germany picture

Bayern trio Hummels, Boateng and Mueller out of Germany picture

Bayern trio Hummels, Boateng and Mueller out of Germany picture

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

"In recent years we've been on a long, intensive, and - most of all - successful journey together with the national team".

They all graduated to the senior team and took part in the 2010 World Cup where Germany's youngest tournament team in 76 years reached the semi-finals with an exciting run that included wins over England and Argentina.

Bayern slammed the "irritating and questionable" timing of Low's announcement that he will never pick Thomas Müller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng again.

"As a matter of principle, we do not comment on the sporting decisions of the national coach as the selection of the national team squad is exclusively the responsibility of Joachim Low", the statement read.

Loew told the Bayern Munich trio before he names the squad for the friendly against Serbia in Wolfsburg in two weeks and the Euro 2020 qualifier against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on March 24.

"I will always look back with great pleasure on the time spent in the DFB team".

"I said last year that Manuel is number one right now, but this year we have something like a new start and Marc will get his chances too", said Loew before Tuesday's announcement.

"I don't understand it at all", he said. But Mats, Jerome and I are able to still play football on a top level.

"This is the year for our new beginning, ” the coach said".

"It was important to me personally to explain to the players and managers of Bayern my thoughts and plans today", Low was quoted as saying to renowned Germany newspaper Bild. The youngsters coming through will have the room they need to grow. "Now it's up to them to take responsibility".

Bayern Munich have released a strongly worded statement criticising the timing of Joachim Low's decision to prematurely end the worldwide careers of three of the club's star players.

Bayern Munich forward Muller has scored 38 goals in 100 appearances for his country, winning the World Cup golden boot in 2010.

DFB president Reinhard Grindel said now was "the right time" for Low to overhaul his personnel, adding: "I appreciate that Joachim wants to carry on changing the shape of the national side". Of course, I would have wished for another farewell for us.

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