Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has issued a statement in response to Joachim Low confirming that he, Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels, will not be considered for the German national team in the future.
Boateng had been a key player for Germany during his time with the national team, earning 76 caps for Die Mannschaft since his debut in 2009, as well as helping the country win their fourth World Cup in 2014 in Brazil.
Recently however, the national team released a statement confirming that Boateng, Muller and Hummels, all of whom were part of the squad in 2014, will no longer be part of future Germany squads, with the 30-year-old responding to the news via his Twitter account.
The statement read: "
"I am sad about this news because it has always been the greatest thing for me to represent my country. Nevertheless, I respect the new course and understand the decision of the national coach.
Bundestrainer Joachim Löw hat mir heute in einem aufrichtigen Gespräch mitgeteilt, dass ich nicht weiter Teil des DFB-Teams sein werde, er in Zukunft jungen Spielern die Bühne bieten möchte und besonders im Hinblick auf die anstehenden Turniere der Mannschaft ein neues Gesicht... pic.twitter.com/D3iYQpL1Ue— Jerome Boateng (@JB17Official) March 5, 2019
"I was young myself and reliant on older players to make room for me. Personally, I am convinced that I can continue to play at the highest level and will continue to do so in the future. I will always look back with great pleasure on the time spent in the DFB team.
"I have always been extremely proud to wear the jersey of the national team and I will never forget the summer of 2014 in particular. Of course, I would have wished for another farewell for us.
"Good luck of the team for the future!"
ℹ Joachim #Löw plant in Zukunft ohne @esmuellert_, @matshummels und @JB17Official. Das teilte der Bundestrainer den Spielern am heutigen Dienstag in München mit.— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) March 5, 2019
➡ https://t.co/lyvXm3Pa9V#DieMannschaft pic.twitter.com/jp2hDBV5LM
As well as winning the World Cup in 2014, Boateng helped Germany reach the semi-final stage of the 2010 World Cup, and 2012 and 2016 editions of the Euros. His final tournament won't be remembered so fondly however, after Die Mannschaft's elimination in the group stages of the 2018 World Cup, with the centre-back being sent off in the second group game against Sweden.
It means that Boateng can now concentrate on club matters for Bayern Munich, who still have a chance of winning the treble this season.