Twitter reacts as Joachim Low confirms new plans for Germany

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"National coach Joachim Low has decided not to consider our players Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng in the future", the statement said. The youngsters coming through will have the room they need to grow.

'It was important for me to personally explain my decision to the players and the FC Bayern management'.

"We now want to consistently make our new beginning visible in the squad".

It was announced on Tuesday that Low will no longer select the Bayern Munich trio for Germany after the 2014 World Cup winners failed to make it past the group stages of the 2018 tournament in Russian Federation and then finished bottom of their Nations League group.

"I welcome the fact that he is now making decisive progress in transforming our national team and starting the qualification for EURO 2020 is the right time for personnel changes", said Grindel. "Now it's up to them to take on responsibility". "At the same time, we question the timing and circumstances of the announcement of this decision to the players and the public".

Mueller scored 38 goals in 100 appearances for Germany and had been a mainstay since finishing joint-top scorer at the World Cup in 2010, when he won the Best Young Player award.

"We were surprised that this happened as part of an unannounced visit at (Bayern training complex) Saebener Strasse", said Rummenigge and Salihamidzic.

With close to 250 worldwide appearances between them, Hummels (70 caps), Muller (100) and Boateng (76) were part of the same generation.

"Thomas Muller (100 worldwide caps), Mats Hummels (70) and Jerome Boateng (76) have played a total of 246 games for Germany and they helped shape an extremely successful decade for the DFB with winning the World Cup in 2014 being an absolute highlight".

"I am sad about this news because it has always been the greatest thing for me to represent my country".

"But it's mostly the character of the decision that I don't understand".

"I was always extremely proud to be able to wear the national team's jersey, and above all I will never forget the summer of 2014". Of course, I would have wished for another farewell for us.

With a year to go before the European championships, Loew feels now is the time to remove more of his old guard having already last year dropped Sami Khedira, another 2014 World Cup victor.

At the weekend, Low also indicated that goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, another Bayern star, could lose his place in the Germany squad.