Three veteran German players not called for friendly match

STUTTGART, GERMANY - AUGUST 09: (L-R) Benedikt Hoewedes, Toni Kroos, Dennis Aogo, Miroslav Klose, Holger Badstuber, Thomas Mueller, Jeromé Boateng, Mats Hummels and Mario Gomez attend a training session of the German National football team at Mercedes-Benz Arena on August 9, 2011 in Stuttgart, Germany. Germany will play a friendly match against Brazil at Mercedes-Benz Arena on August 10, 2011 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
STUTTGART, GERMANY - AUGUST 09: (L-R) Benedikt Hoewedes, Toni Kroos, Dennis Aogo, Miroslav Klose, Holger Badstuber, Thomas Mueller, Jeromé Boateng, Mats Hummels and Mario Gomez attend a training session of the German National football team at Mercedes-Benz Arena on August 9, 2011 in Stuttgart, Germany. Germany will play a friendly match against Brazil at Mercedes-Benz Arena on August 10, 2011 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The Nationalmannschaft’s boss Joachim Low has decided not to call three veteran players for the next friendly game: Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels.

2018 was the worst year in Germany national team history with the team not qualifying from the FIFA World Cup Group Stage and then failing to shine in the UEFA Nations League.

And Nationalmannschaft coach Joachim Low wants everything to change, and this is why he’s renovating the national team.

His first move is not to call Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels for the next friendly against Serbia on March 20th.

“2019 is a new beginning for the Germany national team,” said Löw according to the German Football Association’s website.

“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,” he added.

“I am convinced that this is the right step. With the EURO 2020 qualifying campaign about to begin, we wanted to make it clear that this is a new start.”

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The Germany international will leave the team after they were relegated to the English Championship for the next season.

“The youngsters coming through will have the room they need to grow. Now it’s up to them to take on responsibility,” said Low.

“I appreciate that Joachim wants to carry on changing the shape of the national side. Making personnel changes at the start of the qualifying phase for EURO 2020 is the right time,” DFB president Reinhard Grindel added.

“We now want to make it clear that this is a new beginning for the squad,” DFB director and national-team coordinator Oliver Bierhoff also commented.

“Thomas, Mats and Jérôme achieved so much with Germany and will continue doing so with their clubs. I still feel very connected to them and I am thankful for their work with the national side.”

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