Germany coach Joachim Low has confirmed he will no longer pick experienced trio Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller as he wants to take the team in a different direction in 2019.
Muller made his 100th appearance for Die Mannschaft in their 2-2 Nations League draw with Netherlands in November – a game that Hummels started – while Boateng has not appeared since the 3-0 defeat to Ronald Koeman's side in October.
Germany endured a miserable 2018, exiting the World Cup in Russia in the group stages and then finishing bottom of their Nations League group.
Their dramatic fall from grace had led to many calling for the squad's more senior players to assume less prominent roles – a change Low initially appeared reluctant to make, saying: "It's a big deal if we start changing things around."
However, Low has had a change of mind and has now ruled the Bayern Munich trio out of any future Germany squads.
"2019 is the year of the new start for the German national football team," he told Bild.
"We want to continue the upheaval that we initiated at the end of last year. Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller will no longer be in the squad of the national team.
"It was important to me personally to explain to the players and managers of Bayern Munich my thoughts and plans.
"They are all still world-class players who are at the forefront of their club and guarantee success.
"They are big players who have stood for a big time in the national team. They have spent countless years for Germany and the national team. I thank Mats, Jerome and Thomas for the many successful, extraordinary and unique years together.
"In the national team, however, it is now important to set the course for the future. We want to give the team a new face. I am convinced that this is the right step."
Published 05 Mar 2019, 20:09 IST