The Germany national team manager says the decision not to call Muller, Hummels, and Boateng was very difficult.
Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng, and Mats Hummels have not been called by Germany national team manager Joachim Low.
And after the player showed their frustrations, Low has explained why he decided to stop calling them.
“The most important thing we did was speaking to the trio in a personal meeting,” he explained to the Germany Football Association (DFB) website.
“That was vitally important. We wanted to hold a personal, open and honest meeting with each of them. It is sometimes strange to hold a meeting if the player isn’t there.”
“We obviously appreciate everything they have done. They have performed exceptionally well. Each of their Die Mannschaft appearances has occurred since I took over as coach. We’ve achieved a lot together,” he continued.
“There’s been a disappointment but also a lot of lovely highlights along the way. I truly felt emotional making this decision as we have so much to thank the players for.”
“However, my task is to make decisions. I have to make decisions for the future and we have chosen to select players for the European Qualifiers are prospects,” Low explained.
“We’ve given them the responsibility and they have to prove to us whether they can do it for their country.”
“My task was to speak to the three players honestly and fairly. I have said to them that I wasn’t including them in my plans for the European qualifiers and European Championship as want to give younger players the opportunity to develop,” he concluded.
The Mannschaft will play against Serbia in a friendly before battling against the Netherlands in the first match of the 2020 Euro Qualifiers.
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) March 15, 2019