Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovač has spoken out in defence of three of his key players, all of whom were indefinitely dropped from the Germany national team by Joachim Löw earlier in the week.
The 59-year-old made the bold decision on Tuesday, ahead of his side's opening Euro 2020 qualification matches against Serbia and the Netherlands later in the month. Germany were humiliated by a group stage exit in the 2018 World Cup, and were also relegated from the A tier in the inaugural UEFA Nations League competition last year.
Discussing Löw's decision to exclude
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"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.
"Thomas Müller (100 international caps), Mats Hummels (70) and Jérôme 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 Jérôme to the national team and German football."
Löw has said he's looking to build towards the future, and is looking to take a fresh approach with new players in a bid to turn around the side's poor run of form.