Bayern publish a letter defending Germany snubs

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 12: Thomas Mueller and Mats Hummels reacts during a Germany traininkg session at Johan Cruyff Arena on October 12, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 12: Thomas Mueller and Mats Hummels reacts during a Germany traininkg session at Johan Cruyff Arena on October 12, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels, and Jerome Boateng will not be called to the Nationalmannschaft announced coach Joachim Low this week.

The world of football in Germany felt an earthquake this week when national team coach Joachim Low announced that he will not call three veteran players: Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels, and Jerome Boateng.

And this has surprised not only the players but also their club Bayern Munich, which published a letter today on their website.

“As a matter of principle, we do not comment on the sporting decisions of the national coach as the selection of the national team squad is solely the responsibility of Joachim Löw,” the team started.

“At the same time, we question the timing and circumstances of the announcement of this decision to the players and the public.”

“The last Germany international fixture was played on 19 November 2018,” the letter added.

“We are disappointed that the players and the public have been informed of this decision some three and a half months later immediately before crucial games for FC Bayern, on Saturday against VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga title race and a few days later the decider in the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tie against Liverpool on Wednesday.”

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“Moreover, we were surprised this happened yesterday as part of an unannounced visit by Joachim Löw and Oliver Bierhoff (director of Germany team and Academy) to FC Bayern at Säbener Straße,” the letter continued.

“Thomas Müller (100 international caps), Mats Hummels (70) and Jérôme 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.”

“FC Bayern has great respect for the contributions of Thomas, Mats and Jérôme to the national team and German football,” said the letter signed by chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

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