I'M A GONER! Ozil quits Germany

International Edition By: Linus Onyeze | 23/07/2018

German legend Bierhoff blames Ozil for World Cup exit

Mesut Ozil has retired from international football.

In a lengthy statement, the 29-year-old said treatment he had received from the German Football Association (DFB) had made him "no longer want to wear the German national team shirt".

He also claimed he was being blamed for Germany's disappointing World Cup.

In May, Ozil was criticised after being photographed with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a London event.

Ozil attended the event with fellow Germany international Ilkay Gundogan. Both Ozil and Manchester City's Gundogan are of Turkish descent.

Ozil says he and Gundogan talked about football with the president.

Afterwards, photographs were released by Turkey's governing AK Party in the build-up to elections in the country, which Erdogan won outright.

Many German politicians questioned Ozil and Gundogan's loyalty to German democratic values.

Germany has previously criticised the Turkish leader's crackdown on political dissent following a failed coup.

Ozil said he would have been "disrespecting his ancestors' roots" had he not posed for photographs with the Turkish president.

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