Muller angered by Germany dropping

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

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

Germany face Serbia in a friendly before taking on Netherlands in a Euro 2020 qualifying match later this month, and Low said 2019 would bring "a new start".

"It was important for me that I could personally tell the players and the bosses at Bayern about my thoughts and plans", Low explained.

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

"Moreover, we were surprised this happened yesterday as part of an unannounced visit by Joachim Low and Oliver Bierhoff [director of Germany team and Academy] to FC Bayern at Sabener Strasse".

Mueller, Boateng and Hummels were at the core of the side which won the 2014 World Cup, but the trio were off form during poor displays by the entire team in Russian Federation previous year.

German FA president Reinhard Grindel added: "I welcome the fact that Jogi Low is now furthering the change of our national team. Now it's up to them to take on responsibility".

"We consider the timing and circumstances of the announcement, both to the players and public, as questionable", wrote Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in a joint statement with sport director Hasan Salihamidzic.

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

All three play for Bayern Munich and were part of the 2014 World Cup winning team but have now had their worldwide careers seemingly ended by Low.

Muller, 29, amassed 100 national team appearances, scoring 38 goals and registering 36 assists since making his debut in 2010 - while Boateng and Hummels picked up 76 and 70 caps respectively.

Muller won the Golden Boot at the 2010 tournament, striking five times, and scored another five to finish as second-top scorer in 2014.

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

Writing on Twitter, Boateng said: "I'm sad to hear this news, as it was always the best thing of all for me to represent my country".

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. Of course, I would have wished for another farewell for us.

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

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

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