Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have released a statement questioning the timing of Germany coach Joachim Low's decision to no longer consider a FIFA World Cup-winning trio for national team selection.
The Germany national team manager sent shockwaves throughout the football world on Tuesday, when he revealed that he would not consider Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller for future national team call-ups, citing a need "to give the team a new face".
With Die Mannschaft having last played an international fixture on 19 November 2018, the Bavarian giants have now released a statement detailing their disappointment at the timing of the announcement.
"Germany coach Joachim Low has decided not to consider selecting our players Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng," the statement on Bayern's official website read.
"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 Low.
"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.
"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.
"Moreover, we were surprised this happened yesterday (Tuesday) as part of an unannounced visit by Joachim Low and Oliver Bierhoff (director of Germany team and academy) to FC Bayern at Sabener Strabe.
"Thomas Müller (100 international caps), Mats Hummels (70) and Jerome 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 Jerome to the national team and German football."
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