Mesut Özil's Father Encourages Him to Retire From International Duty for Germany

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GETTY Mesut Ozil courted controversy in the lead up to the World Cup

"It's true that Mesut has not commented yet, which has disappointed many fans because they have questions and expect an answer, and they rightly expect that answer, so it's very clear to me that Mesut, when he returns from vacation, should also publicly voice in his own interest", he said when asked why Ozil hadn't addressed the situation like Gundogan had.

Ozil and team-mate Ilkay Gundogan came under fire before the World Cup after being pictured meeting the controversial Turkish president Recept Tayyip Erdogan.

In fact, the amount of criticism that the Arsenal midfielder has received for his lacklustre performances at the World Cup have convinced Ozil's father that his son should quit worldwide duty altogether.

That chorus has only increased since Germany's debacle in Russian Federation with team manager Olivier Bierhoff stating that Ozil should have been dropped after his failure to publicly clear up the Erdogan meeting.

The president of the German FA (DFB) Reinhard Grindel insists fans deserve an explanation.

It was a pretty miserable World Cup outing for Mesut Ozil and Germany, as the reigning champions failed to escape the group stages following two lacklustre performances against Mexico and South Korea.

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"But when we lose, we lose because of Ozil?" He also said that his son had taken the photo with Erdogan out of "politeness" and it was never meant to be a political statement.

The 29-year-old's own father suggested that his son quit the worldwide set-up altogether, having been made a "scapegoat" in his eyes.

It's suggested the midfield maestro will announce his retirement from worldwide football. "If I was in the same position then I would say thank you, this is it".

"He has been playing for nine years in the German team. including becoming world champions".

He said the treatment was "so unfair", adding that, "he needs to decide for himself".

"The hurt has grown too strong". And who knows what'll happen at the next match? "But that's just my very personal opinion", he said.

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