Three of Germany‘s 2014 World Cup winners have had their international careers dramatically cut short today after manager Joachim Löw revealed he’ll no longer consider them for selection.
The Bayern Munich trio have formed the backbone of Die Mannschaft for the best part of the last decade, but it seems Löw feels the need for drastic action following last summer’s disastrous defence of their World Cup in Russia.
Germany were expected to be one of the challengers to retain the trophy won four years previous, but they failed to beat Mexico and South Korea and were subsequently eliminated in the group stages.
And it seems Muller, 29, Boateng, 30, and Hummels, also 30, are the main casualties as Low explained via German newspaper Bild : ‘2019 is the year of the new start for the German national football team.
“We want to continue the upheaval that we initiated at the end of last year.
“Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller will no longer be in the squad of the national team. It was important to me personally to explain to the players and managers of FC Bayern my thoughts and plans today.”
“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.”
Do you think these three players deserve to be ostracised from their national team after last summer’s pathetic World Cup defence?
Are there perhaps other players who should also be shown the door?
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