Mesut Ozil retires from Germany after political tensions over Turkish roots

Ozil has confirmed that he is retiring from international football with immediate effect following the

Ozil has confirmed that he is retiring from international football with immediate effect following the"treatment he received from the DFB

The Arsenal midfielder finally broke his silence on the issue on Sunday by posting a lengthy statement on social media insisting that he had done nothing wrong before finally concluding that he was done playing for the German national team.

The 29-year-old Arsenal player has earned 92 caps for Germany, racking up 29 goals in a nine-year worldwide career and being a key part of Joachim Löw's team that won the 2014 World Cup.

German worldwide Mesut Ozil has defended a photograph in which he was pictured beaming with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, saying he was merely respecting the highest political office of his family's country.

Lothar Matthaus (an honorary German national team captain) met with another world leader a few days back, and received nearly no media criticism.

Ozil also went with Germany to the 2010 and 2018 World Cups and was named national team player of the year five times.

The German football federation has said the meeting was ill-advised.

'But when high ranking DFB officials treat me as they did, disrespect my Turkish roots and selfishly turn me into political propaganda, then enough is enough.

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In his statement, Ozil said: "Although the German media have portrayed something different, the truth is that not meeting with the President would have been disrespecting the roots of my ancestors, who I know would be proud of where I am today".

He also played a key role in their 2014 World Cup triumph.

Ozil has released a statement defending his actions.

Ozil was widely criticised and made the scapegoat for Germany's disappointing campaign, after he was seen pictured with the Turkish president before the tournament.

Ozil claims he has been "belittled" by DFB president Reinhard Grindel after attempting to explain the reasoning for meeting Erdogan and has revealed he and his family have received hate mail and threatening phone calls following the incident.

He said a planned visit to his former school in Gelsenkirchen, where he had helped set up a football project for disadvantaged children, had been cancelled when two of his charitable partners said they "no longer wanted to work with me at this time".

"For me, it didn't matter who was President, it mattered that it was the President. Whatever the outcome would've been in this previous election, or the election before that, I would have still taken the picture". "What does the DFB have to say about all this".

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