Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Arsenal star urged to retire from global football

Arsenal star urged to retire from global football

It has always been: "if we win, we win together", he continued.

Germany were knocked out of the World Cup in the group stages following eye-catching defeats against Mexico and South Korea. "He's played in the national team for nine years ... and became a world champion", Ozil's father added.

Both players are of Turkish descent, and were pictured presenting Erdogan with shirts from their respective club teams, Arsenal and Manchester City.

Midfielder Ozil father has spoken up, saying that if he is Ozil, he will quit the Germany national team if he is in the Ozil current shoe. The Arsenal midfielder refused to comment about a controversial meeting on the eve of the Finals with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan which sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany.

Bierhoff, who is effectively the number two in the Germany setup, anticipates "profound changes" after the dismal campaign in Russian Federation for which he said the entire squad should take "collective responsibility". He also said that his son had taken the photo with Erdogan out of "politeness" and it was never meant to be a political statement. He is now getting whistled at and made a scapegoat. He's bent, disappointed and offended, yes, offended, his own fans booed him before the World Cup at the global in Austria and he can not understand why.

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"The hurt has grown too strong. But if I were in his place, I'd say - thanks a lot but that's it!"

"He's a player, you know him as well, who is pretty quickly upset, he doesn't like his criticism, he doesn't want to talk".

"In my opinion the only reason to say these things is to try and save your own head".

"He needs to decide for himself".

"The fact that Mesut and Ilkay took the pictures did not bother the team so much, but the debate went on and, in retrospect, I would have tried to deal with this issue more decisively", Bierhoff admitted in the Die Welt interview.

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