Joachim Löw confirmed on Tuesday that Thomas Müller, Jérôme Boateng and Mats Hummels are no longer part of his plans for the Germany national team.
“2019 is a new beginning for the Germany national team. It was important for me to personally explain my decision to the players and the FC Bayern management,” said Löw.
The Germany head coach stated he wanted a new look side ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.
“Now it’s time to set the course for the future. We want to give the team a new look. I am convinced that this is the right step. With the the EURO 2020 qualifying campaign about to begin, we wanted to make it clear that this is a new start. The youngsters coming through will have the room they need to grow. Now it’s up to them to take on responsibility.”
Boateng has since released a statement via social media following the news.
“Germany coach Joachim Low told me today in a straightforward interview that I will not continue to be part of the DFB team, he wants to offer young players the stage in the future and especially in view of the upcoming tournaments of the team with a new face. I am sad about this news because it has always been the greatest thing for me to represent my country. Nevertheless, I respect the new course and understand the decision of the national coach.
“I was young myself and reliant on older players to make room for me. Personally, I am convinced that I can continue to play at the highest level and will continue to do so in the future. I will always look back with great pleasure on the time spent in the DFB team. I have always been extremely proud to wear the jersey of the national team and I will never forget the summer of 2014 in particular. Of course, I would have wished for another farewell.”