Mesut Ozil for Germany
Mesut Ozil for Germany

Joachim Low Insists Mesut Ozil’s Germany International Career Is Over

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Mesut Ozil’s international career has come to an end according to Germany’s head coach Joachim Low.

The 2014 world cup winning manager ruled out a return to the national team for the Gunners attacking midfielder.

Ozil announced he was quiting international football in July after accusing German Football Federation (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel of discrimination and “incompetence”.

The midfielder spoke out for being targeted for criticism after his meeting with controversial Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May.

“whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect”, Ozil said in a statement in July, suggesting he could still play for Die mannschaft.

But head coach Joachim Low has ruled out that possibility.

“In my view, Mesut Ozil has clearly declared his retirement and closed the door by himself with that, so a comeback is not a topic,” he told Sport Bild.

“Mesut did not call me, not to this very day,” he said. “I tried to reach him several times in the past two weeks, via text message, via phone. Mesut has decided to take this path. I must accept it.

“Ozil has been my player for nine years. We’ve experienced a lot together. A few lows, but more highs. We’ve won the World Cup. This will still stay forever.

“I am still of the opinion that he was one of the best players we had in Germany in the last 20, 30 years. One day, we’ll have a conversation. I would have wished for him to inform me personally, and I was disappointed at first.”

The 29-year-old scored 23 goals in 92 appearances for the national team. He was also part of the Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning team in Brazil. He was named the national team’s Player of the Year on five occasions.

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