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Mesut Ozil Retires From International Duty and Hammers DFB President in Statement

Mesut Ozil Retires From International Duty and Hammers DFB President in Statement

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has retired from international football this evening, and aimed a pretty barbed statement at the country’s football association president.

The play-maker was part of the Germany squad that failed to defend their World Cup crown in Russia this summer in spectacular fashion, losing to Mexico and South Korea as they were knocked out in the group stage.

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Ozil was also part of the 2014 squad which won the World Cup in Brazil, but the 29-year-old has come in for a lot of criticism in the wake of Germany’s dismal failure after posing for a picture with controversial Turkish President Recep Erdoğan.

The former Real Madrid star – who is of Turkish extraction – has issued a statement confirming he has decided to call time on his international career – and he certainly didn’t mince his words when referring to DFB President Reinhard Grindel.

It remains to be seen how Ozil’s decision will be received in Germany, and if the DFB will issue a statement of their own.

But what do you make of the situation? Has Ozil done the correct thing?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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