Arsenal and Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil has been urged to quit international football by his father Mustafa.
Ozil courted controversy when he posed for a photo with controversial Turkish President Recep Erdogan before the World Cup began, and he has been one of the most heavily criticised players after the Die Mannschaft’s shock exit in the Group stages in Russia.
The 29-year-old Arsenal star has 92 caps for Germany and won the World Cup in 2014, but his father believes his son would be better off quiting international football to avoid being made scapegoat:
“If I were in his place, I would say: “Thank you, but that’s enough,” Ozil’s father told Bild am Sonntag.
”He’s bent, disappointed and offended, yes, offended, his own fans booed him before the World Cup at the international in Austria and he cannot understand why.
“He doesn’t always have to defend himself. He’s played in the national team for nine years … and became a world champion.
“It’s always said that if we win, we win together, but if we lose, we lose because of Ozil.
“He’s booed and put up as a scapegoat – I completely understand that he is offended.“