Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller 'angry' and 'puzzled' after Germany exile
Germany manager Joachim Low has informed the forward, as well as Bayern teammates Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, they will no longer be selected
Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has said he has been left "angry" and "puzzled" after being informed by Germany manager Joachim Low that he would no longer be considered for selection.
Low said on Tuesday that 29-year-old Mueller and his Bayern teammates, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, both 30, were no longer part of Germany's plans as they look to move on from their group stage exit from last year's World Cup.
The trio were part of the Germany squad that won the World Cup in 2014 and Muller said the sudden nature of the announcement had left a bitter taste.
"The more I think about it, the more the way it was done makes me angry," Mueller said in a video on Instagram. "The coach's decision left me puzzled.
"A coach must make sporting decisions, I don't have a problem with that. But it's mostly the character of the decision that I don't understand. Mats, Jerome and I are still able to play at the highest level.
"The press releases of the German football federation and its president (Reinhard Grindel), prepared in advance, were from my point of view in bad taste and showed a lack of consideration."
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge questioned the timing of the announcement in a joint statement with the club's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.
"The last Germany international was played on Nov. 19," Rummenigge said. "We're disappointed that the players and the public have been informed of this decision some 3-1/2 months later, before crucial games for Bayern.
"We were surprised this happened as part of an unannounced visit by Loew and (team director) Oliver Bierhoff to Bayern."
Defending champions Bayern, who are second in the Bundesliga behind Borussia Dortmund on goal difference, host Wolfsburg on Saturday before facing Liverpool in the second leg of their Uefa Champions League last-16 tie four days later.
Germany play their first international of the year against Serbia in Wolfsburg on March 20.
Updated: March 7, 2019 03:04 PM