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Low calls time on Muller, Hummels and Boateng 

Head coach Joachim Low and players of Germany wait to walk out of the tunnel
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  • Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller no longer considered for Germany selection
  • 2014 World Cup winners told the shock news by coach Joachim Low
  • Low: "We are sending a clear signal of renewal"

Germany coach Joachim Low has revealed that he will no longer consider Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller for international selection.

The trio, key players in the side that secured the country's first FIFA World Cup™ title in 24 years at Brazil 2014, drop out as part of "a new start for the German national football team" in 2019, according to Low.

"They are all still world-class players who are at the forefront of their club and guarantee success," Low told Bild. "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."

Muller in Numbers

  • Debut: 3 March 2010 vs Argentina
  • 100 appearances
  • 38 goals
  • 2 World Cup medals (gold in 2014, bronze in 2010)

Hummels in Numbers

  • Debut: 13 May 2010 vs Sweden
  • 70 appearances
  • 5 goals
  • 1 World Cup medal (gold in 2014)

Boateng in Numbers

  • Debut: 10 October 2009 vs Russia
  • 74 appearances
  • 1 goal
  • 2 World Cup medals (gold in 2014, bronze in 2010)

Boateng was the first of the trio to react publicly to the announcement, tweeting: "I have always been extremely proud to wear the jersey of the national team and I will never forget the summer of 2014 in particular. Of course, I would have wished for another farewell for us. Good luck to the team for the future!"

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