Published: Thu, March 07, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Joachim Low retires Muller, Boateng and Hummels from Germany national team

Joachim Low retires Muller, Boateng and Hummels from Germany national team

World Cup victor Thomas Muller says he is "puzzled" and "angry" by Germany coach Joachim Low's decision to tell him he will not be selected again.

"I thank Mats, Jerome and Thomas for the many successful, extraordinary and unique years we shared but in the national team it is now all about laying the foundations for the future".

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.

Last summer Germany entered the World Cup in Russian Federation as holders, having won in Brazil four years earlier, and one of the favourites.

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

We want to give the team a new look.

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".

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"I do not understand why this decision must be so final". But Mats, Jerome and I are able to still play football on a top level.

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

Defenders Boateng and Hummels, both 30, and 29-year-old forward Muller had been mainstays of the setup under Low, but the coach said he wanted to give his team "a new face" after last year's World Cup group stage exit. The youngsters coming through will have the room they need to grow.

"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. "You have to take responsibility now".

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". 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.

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.

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