Jerome Boateng claims he ‘sympathises’ with Joachim Low’s decision (Picture: Getty)Jerome Boateng has expressed his pride in being able to represent Germany down the years after Joachim Low called time on his international career.
On Tuesday, World Cup-winning trio Boateng, 30, Thomas Muller, 29, and Mats Hummels, 30, were all informed that they were no longer part of Germany’s plans, with Low looking to clear the path for the younger generation.
Germany have won just two of their last six matches and were relegated into the second tier of the Nations League following a 2-1 defeat away to France back in October.
Boateng, who was part of Germany’s squad which crashed out of last summer’s World Cup, admits he ‘sympathises’ with the manager’s decision.
A statement from Boateng on Twitter said: ‘Joachim Low informed me today in a sincere conversation that I will not continue to be part of the DFB team, he would like to offer young players the stage for the future and a new face especially with regard to the upcoming tournaments of the team.
‘I am saddened by this news because representing my country has always been the greatest thing for me. Still, I respect the new course and sympathise with the coach’s decision.
Boateng, Muller and Hummels are no longer being considered by Germany (Picture: Getty)‘I was once young myself and reliant on older players making way for me. Personally, I am convinced that I can continue to play at the highest level and will continue to show that in the future. I will always look back on the time in the DFB team with great pleasure.
‘I have always been extremely proud to be able to wear the national team jersey and will never forget the summer of 2014. Still, of course, I would have liked to see another farewell for us.
‘Good luck of the team for the future!’
Joachim Low wants to clear the path for Germany’s young talent (Picture: Getty)Low thanked the Bayern Munich trio for their ‘extraordinary’ service to the Germany national side.
He explained: ‘2019 is the year of the new start for the German national football team.
‘We want to continue the upheaval that we initiated at the end of last year. Jerome, Mats and Thomas will no longer be in the squad. It was important for me to personally explain it to them today.
‘They are all still top class players who are at the forefront of their club. They are big players who stood for a long time in the national team.
‘They spent countless years with us. I thank Mats, Jerome and Thomas for many successful, extraordinary and unique years together.
‘It’s time to set the course for the future. We want to give the team a new face. I’m convinced that this is the right step.
‘In the year of qualifying for the European Championship 2020, we are sending a clear signal of renewal. The young national team players will have the space they need to fully develop. You have to take responsibility now.’
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