Jerome Boateng tweets after Joachim Low confirms he will no longer be picked for Germany

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Germany performed well below expectations at the 2018 World Cup.

Joachim Low's side went into the competition as the reigning champions, having defeated Argentina in extra-time back in 2014.

However, they could only manage three points in their group as they suffered an early exit from the competition.

Low stayed on in his role but Germany's regression continued.

They were relegated from League A of the UEFA Nations League as they could only managed two points in Group 1.

Earlier on Tuesday, the 59-year-old announced that he would be making drastic changes to his squad with Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels all told they would no longer be picked.

"Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller will no longer be in the squad of the national team," Low told Bild, per Sky Sports.

"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.

"We want to give the team a new face. I am convinced that this is the right step."

Jerome Boateng made 76 appearances for Germany

That's a big call. The trio have been a big part of Germany's success in the last decade.

Boateng took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the news.

"In a sincere conversation today, national coach Joachim Löw told me that I will no longer be part of the DFB team, that he wants to offer young players a stage in the future and that he wants to give the team a new face, especially in view of the upcoming tournaments," Boateng tweeted.

He then went on to say he was 'saddened' by the news but understands the decision.

"I am saddened by 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 needed older players to make room for me.

"I personally am convinced that I can continue to play at the highest level and will continue to do so in the future."

Boateng then went on to wish the national team good luck but said he 'wished for a different farewell'.

"I will always look back with great pleasure on my time with the DFB team. I have always been extremely proud to wear the national team jersey and will never forget summer 2014 in particular. Nevertheless, I would have wished for a different farewell for us.

"Good luck to the team for the future!"

That's pretty classy from the 30-year-old.

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