Germany coach Joachim Löw has confirmed that 2014 World Cup winners Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels, and Jerome Boateng will not be considered for future selection, heavily hinting that their international careers are over.
After Germany’s 2018 World Cup effort finished as the worst since 1938, Löw told Bild that 2019 will be the year where the German national football team gets a new face. Germany left Russia after failing to qualify from their group after shocking defeats to both Mexico and South Korea.
After finishing last in Germany’s UEFA Nations League group, Löw wants to send a clear signal of renewal by placing more faith in the young national team players:
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.
Löw continued by thanking the Bayern Munich players for their extraordinary service for 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.’
Keep an eye out for Bavarian Football Works reactions after this shock announcement.