World Cup winner Thomas Muller says he is “puzzled” and “angry” by Germany coach Joachim Low’s decision to tell him he will not be selected again.
Low said Muller, 29, along with Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels, both 30, will not be part of a “new start for the German national team” in 2019.
The players were part of Germany’s World Cup-winning squad in 2014.
“The more I think about it, the more the way it was done, makes me angry,” Muller said in a video on social media.
“The coach’s sudden decision obviously left me puzzled. A coach must make sporting decisions, no problem, I do not 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.”