Joachim Low Axes Three German Superstars

Joachim Low Confirms Key Bayern Trio Will No Longer Be Considered for German National Team

Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels have been axed by Germany as part of its shake-up following the woeful World Cup defence previous year.

'I thank Mats, Jerome and Thomas for the many successful, extraordinary and unique years we shared, ' he said in a statement issued by the German FA.

"They are big players who have stood for a big time in the national team".

With close to 250 internationals between them, Hummels has (70 caps), Muller (100) and Boateng (74) for Germany.

Low announced on Tuesday that Muller, along with Bayern Munich team-mates Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels, would no longer be considered for selection.

"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. With the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign about to begin, we wanted to make it clear that this is a new start.

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

'I am convinced that this is the right step.

"However, I respect the new direction and understand the coach's decision".

'Mats, Jerome and I are still capable of playing football on the highest worldwide level.

Germany coach Joachim Loew says the three Bayern Munich players will be omitted from his future plans, and "now it's time to set the course for the future".

'It was important for me to personally explain my decision to the players and the FC Bayern management'.

"The national team's young players will receive the space necessary to develop fully".

And, DFB president Reinhard Grindel also spoke out on the decision, declaring: "I appreciate that Joachim wants to carry on changing the shape of the national side. Now it's up to them to take responsibility".

Bayern added their "surprise" that the announcement took place on the same day Low made an unannounced visit to Bayern's training ground.

"I was always extremely proud to wear the national team top ands I will never forget the summer of 2014". Even so, I would have liked a different farewell for us, of course.

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

The 59-year-old Germany boss has been under pressure to make sweeping changes since his side crashed out of last year's World Cup. "I wish the national team the best of luck for the future".

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