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Germany manager has acted on his sides failure at last summer's World Cup by telling Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels they are no longer wanted by the national team.
:newspaper: @esmuellert_, @matshummels and @JB17Official have been told by Joachim #Löw today that they are no longer part of his #DieMannschaft plans :point_right: https://t.co/YEoV67h6vz pic.twitter.com/KAItK9h5Jq
- Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) March 5, 2019
Last summer Germany entered the World Cup in Russia as holders, having won in Brazil four years earlier, and one of the favourites. Joachim Low dealt one of the biggest pre tournament shocks by not picking Leroy Sane, despite his brilliant season for Manchester City, but still had a star studded squad.
The four time champions were beaten in their opening game by Mexico and the central Americans hit them over and over again on the break. Against Sweden in the next group game Toni Kroos' brilliant last minute free kick gave them three points and it was assumed they would turn round the first game loss to qualify.
In their final game South Korea scored two injury time goals, with the second coming via an embarrassing moment from Manuel Neuer, and Germany were out of the World Cup before the knockout stages.
Both Low and many of the senior players received criticism but the manager was allowed to stay on in his role. Now he's taken the steps to get back to former glory by dropping three of his most senior players.
In a statement on the website about the choice to drop Muller, Boateng and Hummels the manager said:
"2019 is a new beginning for the Germany national team. It was important for me to personally explain my decision to the players and the FC Bayern management.
"Now it's time to set the course for the future. We want to give the team a new look. I am convinced that this is the right step. With the the EURO 2020 qualifying campaign about to begin, we wanted to make it clear that this is a new start. The youngsters coming through will have the room they need to grow. Now it's up to them to take on responsibility."
Muller's goal scoring record in World Cups left many with the expectation that he would overtake fellow countryman Miroslav Klose as the tournament's all time top scorer but he failed to bag in Russia.
Now unless there is a huge change of heart from Low, or a change in manager, he won't get the chance to score for the national team again.
Between the three men they have amassed 244 international caps but they now have to get on with concentrating on winning the Bundesliga and Champions League with Bayern Munich.
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