Bayern hit back after Loew ditches trio

Bayern hit back after Loew ditches trio

Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has slammed Germany head coach Joachim Loew for the timing of his decision to cut Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels from his plans.

At the last count, Germany failed to make any headway at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, crashing out after the group matches - in one of their worst performance at the Mundial since 1938.

Jerome Boateng says he is sad that Germany coach Joachim Low has axed him from the global set-up, and insists he can still play at the highest level.

Loew told the Bayern Munich trio before he names the squad for the friendly against Serbia in Wolfsburg in two weeks and the Euro 2020 qualifier against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on March 24.

"I thank Mats, Jerome and Thomas for the many successful, extraordinary and unique years together".

Loew flew to Munich on Tuesday to tell Mueller, 29, Boateng and Hummels, both 30, who have 246 appearances for Germany between them, that their global careers are over.

The trio were part of the 2014 World Cup-winning team, but were also part of the team that crashed out of the 2018 World Cup in the group stage, the German's earliest exit in 80 years.

"Shortly after we learned about that decision by the national coach, we read prepared statements by the DFB and its president in the media".

"We want to continue the upheaval that we initiated at the end of previous year". Personally, I am convinced that I can continue to play at the highest level and will continue to do so in the future. "Now it's up to them to take on responsibility".

"They are all still world-class players who are at the forefront of their club and guarantee success". I was totally dumbfounded by this decision out of the blue by the national coach.

Bayern added their "surprise" that the announcement took place on the same day Low made an unannounced visit to Bayern's training ground.

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

All were part of the side that reached the 2010 World Cup semifinal before going on to lift the trophy four years later.

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.

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

"I don't understand it at all", he said.

"I was young myself and reliant on older players to make room for me".

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