Joachim Low has confirmed that he will no longer consider three players who helped Germany win the 2014 World Cup for international selection.
Bayern Munich trio Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng have all been axed, Low revealed in a shock announcement on Tuesday.
All three stars helped Germany become world champions for the first time in 24 years in Brazil five years ago, but Low has decided it’s now time to look to the future.
Germany suffered a humiliating group-stage exit at last summer’s World Cup finals in Russia, finishing bottom of Group F behind Sweden, Mexico and South Korea.
And keen to avoid a repeat at Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Low has decided Hummels, Muller and Boateng are no longer part of his plans.
"They have spent countless years for Germany and the national team," Low told Bild, per Goal. "I thank Mats, Jerome and Thomas for the many successful, extraordinary and unique years together.
"It was important to me personally to explain to the players and managers of FC Bayern my thoughts and plans today."
He continued: “They are all still world-class players who are at the forefront of their club and guarantee success.
"They are big players who stand for a big time in the national team. They have spent countless years for Germany and the national team. I thank Mats, Jerome and Thomas for the many successful, extraordinary and unique years together. "
"In the national team, however, it is now important to set the course for the future. We want to give the team a new face. I am convinced that this is the right step."
"In the year of qualifying for the European Championship 2020, we are sending a clear signal of renewal. The young national team players will have the space they need to fully develop. You have to take responsibility now."
Team manager Oliver Bierhoff added: "Our job is to decide what's best for the team on the way back to the top of the world.
"We now want to consistently make the new beginning visible in the squad.
"Thomas, Mats and Jerome have achieved great things for German football so far and will continue to do so in their club. I still feel very close to them and I'm grateful for the time together in the national team."News Now - Sport News