Bayern Munich have reacted angrily to Germany coach Joachim Low’s decision to rule three of their veteran stars out of further international football.
Low has indicated he will not select Thomas Muller, 30, Mats Hummels, 29, and Jerome Boateng, 30 – who have 246 caps between them – for future games, summarily retiring the trio.
But the timing of it – ahead of key Bundesliga and Champions League games – and finality of the treatment of the three 2014 World Cup winners on a surprise visit to the training ground, has annoyed their club.
In a statement, Bayern said: “National coach Joachim Low has decided not to consider our players Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng in the future.
“The fact that the players and the public were informed three months later, just ahead of important matches for FC Bayern next Saturday in the fight for the Bundesliga title against VfL Wolfsburg and a few days before the decisive second leg in the round of 16 of the Champions League next Wednesday against Liverpool, irritates us.
“In addition, we were surprised that this was done yesterday in the context of an unannounced visit by Joachim Low and Oliver Bierhoff (Director National Teams and Academy) at Bayern.”