Julian Brandt speaks the truth about Mesut Ozil and Germany at the World Cup

Korea Republic v Germany: Group F - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

At long last the dust appears to be settling on Mesut Ozil's retirement from international football.

Ozil came under heavy scrutiny for his performances for Germany at the World Cup, which was largely fuelled by the picture he took with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In his own words, the Arsenal playmaker said he was German when they won but an immigrant when they lost.

"I will no longer stand for being a scapegoat for [Reinhard Grindel's] incompetence and inability to do his job properly," wrote Ozil in a powerful statement.

"In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.

"I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.

"Despite paying taxes in Germany, donating facilities to German schools and winning the World Cup with Germany in 2014, I am still not accepted into society."


Since announcing his retirement, Ozil has been labelled a "coward" by Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic and a "weak point" by Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness.

His agent then responded by slamming Hoeness, but what's interesting is the lack of support Ozil has received from his Germany teammates, who were just as much to blame.

Barely any of Germany's senior players have taken responsibility for their shock exit in Russia, which has been made even more embarrassing by Julian Brandt's latest comments.

Brandt was the youngest player in Germany's squad at the World Cup yet he's bravely come forward and said every player was culpable, not just Ozil.


"It (the Ozil-Erdogan controversy) did not limit us," said the 22-year-old. "That did not distract us. Mesut is by no means the reason why we were eliminated.

"We've all made too many mistakes, that's what counts for me. I could have scored twice."

Germany's senior players should be ashamed. Even Manuel Neuer, who said in a recent statement that he accepts Ozil's decision to retire, failed to defend his countryman.

Clearly there is a lack of unity in Joachim Low's squad, which tells you all you need to know about the way they performed.

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