Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has slammed Mesut Ozil for the way that he resigned from the German national side this summer.
Ozil was on the receiving end of some damning criticism before, during and after this summers World Cup, with his decision to be photographed with controversial Turkish president Recep Erdogan seemingly the start of the problem.
That, coupled with his disappointing performances in Russia, and Germany’s early exit from the tournament saw the Arsenal playmaker turned on by the fans and media alike. He subsequently announced his decision to retire from international football, citing racism with the German FA.
However, his Germany teammate Toni Kross has dismissed some of Ozil’s claims, claiming that the majority of his lengthy statement was ‘nonsense’:
“Basically Mesut is a deserved international and as a player, he deserved a better departure,” Kroos told Bild.
“But the way he resigned was out of order.
“The parts in his statement that are rightly addressed are unfortunately overshadowed by the significantly higher amount of nonsense.
“I think he knows very well that racism within the national team and the DFB does not exist.”