Mesut Ozil named in Arsenal squad for Singapore tour

Jo Caldwell
July 24, 2018

"Issuing insane comments about Mesut's football, he thinks, it will create a big reaction and will cover the real issue", he further added.

"I think his time to play in the national team is over".

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil stunned football fans when he took to Twitter to announce his immediate retirement from the Germany national team on Sunday (July 22).

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended Mesut Ozil
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended Mesut Ozil

Gundogan later issued a statement in which he said he "honours German values 100%" and never intended the picture to be seen as a show of political support.

Ozil, 29, made the shock announcement to "no longer represent" the German national team after feeling victimised by certain officials within the German Football Association [DFB]. "One world, one people".

Arsenal confirmed that Iwobi was one of three first team players that travelled with the squad from London to Singapore on Sunday.

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"Stand for Ozil and say no to racism". "I congratulate Mesut Ozil who by leaving the national team has scored the most lovely goal against the virus of fascism", Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul wrote on Twitter.

Although Ozil may have found failings with his worldwide team, the player's club side Arsenal were quick to welcome the player back as he reported for training on Tuesday for the first time since the story unfolded.

But Mesut Ozil was - is a part of this national team.

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Earlier on Monday, Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness accused Ozil of "playing crap for years" and failing to "win a tackle since the 2014 World Cup".

Although Jerome Boateng, a player mentioned in the German football association's (DFB) statement that admitted the organization had not done enough to protect Ozil but rebuked accusations of racism, posted a snap with the pair with the caption "It was a pleasure Abi", there was no condemnation or commendation of either party in the affair.

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"It was about me respecting the highest office of my family's country". We had one bed, but they would put a mattress on the floor for me to sleep.

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