Mesut Ozil confirms retirement from international football with immediate effect

The Arsenal playmaker made the announcement on Sunday evening citing “racism and disrespect” following his high-profile and controversial meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan prior to the World Cup.

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The picture with Erdogan, which was taken before this summer’s World Cup, saw the Arsenal midfielder pose with the Turkish president and German teammate Ilkay Gundogan.


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Both players came in for heavy criticism from fans and pundits in their homeland as a result with leading German football figures including Oliver Bierhoff and Ottmar Hitzfeld suggesting that both should not have been allowed to represent their country in Russia.

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