"I thank Mats, Jerome and Thomas for the many successful, extraordinary and unique years we shared but in the national team it is now all about laying the foundations for the future".
"Thomas Muller (100 worldwide caps), Mats Hummels (70) and Jerome 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".
Ozil, of course, walked away from the German national side after the World Cup citing the "racism and disrespect" he has faced in Germany over his Turkish roots.
German coach Joachim Low has made a shocking announcement as he axes three superstars from any of his future plans with the national team. With the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign about to begin, we wanted to make it clear that this is a new start.
"Moreover, we were surprised this happened yesterday as part of an unannounced visit by Joachim Low and Oliver Bierhoff [director of Germany team and Academy] to FC Bayern at Sabener Strasse". Personally, I am convinced that I can continue to play at the highest level and will continue to do so in the future.More news: Facebook won't keep your two-factor phone number truly private
'I have no understanding for the suggested definitiveness of this decision.
"The coach's sudden decision obviously left me puzzled. I still feel very close to them and I'm grateful for the time together in the national team".
Jerome Boateng says he is sad that Germany coach Joachim Low has axed him from the global set-up, and insists he can still play at the highest level.
Bayern Munich forward Muller has scored 38 goals in 100 appearances for his country, winning the World Cup golden boot in 2010. The youngsters coming through will have the room they need to grow. "You have to take responsibility now", Low submitted.
Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said he was "irritated" by the timing of Low's announcement.
"I was always proud to wear the DFB shirt".
Germany then came bottom of their Nations League group in autumn of 2018, finishing behind Netherlands and France, leading the selectors to consider younger alternatives. Of course, I would have wished for another farewell for us.