Germany treatment of Mesut Ozil 'unacceptable' - Turkey president Erdogan

Some commentators and former Germany players see Ozil's retirement as no great loss for Germany

Ozalan, born in 1972, has represented Turkey 87 times in the national team, making him the country's sixth-most capped player of all time.

Former Germany captain Matthaus admits an unfortunate situation has been hard for all concerned but feels Ozil has been a fading force for a few years, telling ESPN FC: "I think football is football, politics is politics".

But Thomas Bareiss, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats, said it showed "disrespect" and was "misplaced", while German daily Bild said Ozil was "revelling in the victim role that has nothing to do with reality".

And though Matthaus, a World Cup victor with Germany in 1990, said the media coverage around the photograph played its part in Ozil's decision, he believes Germany would be better served going forward without the Arsenal playmaker's services.

"In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose", Ozil wrote in his lengthy farewell statement. "Mesut made a good job for Germany in [previous] years but in the last one and a half year he didn't hit the same performance like four years ago when we won the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil against Argentina".

Former Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Lothar Matthaus has told ESPN FC that Mesut Ozil will not be missed following his worldwide retirement, adding "his time to play in the national team is over" based on his recent performances.

"Stand for Ozil and say no to racism".

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After 23 goals and 40 assists in 92 appearances for Germany, the loss of Ozil is a blow to Loew, who deployed the Arsenal midfielder as his main playmaker.

"For many years, the DFB has been heavily involved in integration work in Germany", the statement said.

Recalling the times when he played in Europe, Ozalan said he had also been exposed to racist attacks.

And Ozil questions in his statement why other dual-heritage team-mates have not been subjected to the same treatment.

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

Erdogan added: "On Monday night I spoke to Mesut".

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