"In recent years we've been on a long, intensive, and - most of all - successful journey together with the national team".
"You could have thrown these three players out of the national team two months ago, after so many years of merit, and not a week before the important match in the Champions League".
Germany have been in a period of soul-searching since their dismal exit from the 2018 World Cup, and Low explained "this is the year for our new beginning" as he axed the trio with a combined 246 caps.
"Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller will no longer be in the squad of the national team", Low told Bild. We want to give the team a new face.
"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".
"I said last year that Manuel is number one right now, but this year we have something like a new start and Marc will get his chances too", said Loew before Tuesday's announcement. Mats, Jerome and I are still able to play at the highest level.
"The coach's sudden decision obviously left me puzzled". I was totally dumbfounded by this decision out of the blue by the national coach.
"The young national team players will have the space they need to fully develop". "They have to take responsibility now".
"In my view, it wasn't necessary to close the door to the national team for three well-deserving players", said 50-year-old.
Muller won the Golden Boot at the 2010 tournament, striking five times, and scored another five to finish as second-top scorer in 2014.
Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said he was "irritated" by the timing of Low's announcement.
"I am sad about this news because it has always been the greatest thing for me to represent my country", the defender wrote on Instagram.
Germany experienced a disastrous 2018.
"I was young myself and reliant on older players to make room for me". I have always been extremely proud to wear the jersey of the national team and I will never forget summer 2014 in particular. Of course, I would have wished for another farewell for us.