Bayern Bunich defender Jerome Boateng admits he would still like one more match for Germany – after being unceremoniously dumped by Jogi Loew.
Boateng is one of three Bayern players, alongside Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels, informed on Tuesday that time has been called on their international careers.
Between them, the trio boast 246 international caps, and all were part of the 2014 World Cup-winning side.
But after last summer’s horrendous World Cup – in which Die Mannschaft suffered its worst showing in 80 years – Loew is seeking to take the side into a new era.
The trio have all struggled for their best form over the past 12 months, and Loew declared: “I thank Mats, Jerome and Thomas for the many successful, extraordinary and unique years together
“Now it is time to set the course for the future. We want to give the team a new look.
“It’s time to set the course for the future in the national team, we want to give the team a new look.
“I am convinced that this is the right step. The youngsters coming through will have the room they need to grow. Now it’s up to them to take on responsibility.”
Boateng has taken to social media to state that he sympathises with his manager’s decision.
But the 76-cap, 30-year-old also stated his desire for a finale with the national team.
“Joachim Low informed me today in a sincere conversation that I will not continue to be part of the DFB team, he would like to offer young players the stage for the future and a new face especially with regard to the upcoming tournaments of the team.
“I was young myself and reliant on older players making way for me. Personally, I am convinced that I can continue to play at the highest level and will continue to show that in the future. I will always look back on the time in the DFB team with great pleasure.
“I have always been extremely proud to be able to wear the national team jersey and will never forget the summer of 2014. Still, of course, I would have liked to see another farewell for us.
“Good luck of the team for the future!