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Ozil, and fellow German footballer Ilkay Gundogan-also of Turkish ancestry-had met and posed for pictures with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the latter's visit to London in May.

Authorities in Ozil's ancestral Turkish town have erected a new street sign showing the photo of him in May with Erdogan, replacing one picturing him wearing the global strip of Germany, the country of his birth.

Italy's Il Messaggero reports, Iwobi is attracting a potential deal from Lazio, who are eager to replace Felipe Anderson who recently joined West Ham. It doesn't matter, I don't care. Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, capped 81 times by England, laconically tweeted his support for the Arsenal player, with the word "Respect" quoting a tweet of Ozil's statement.

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

Earlier on Monday, Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness accused Ozil of "playing crap for years" and failing to "win a tackle since the 2014 World Cup".

Speaking to reporters at parliament on Tuesday, Erdogan said that Ozil's approach had been "admirable" and that the player had "given his all" for the German national team.

Iwobi name in Arsenal's 25-man squad for pre-season tour

Though a collective failure of the team, in Ozil a section of German media and politicians found a flawless scapegoat. But Mesut Ozil was - is - a part of this national team.

"And then was coming all the things from outside - include it and everything, and this makes a story".

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. "It's time for changes!"

But the association said in a statement on Monday that it rejected "the notion that the DFB is associated with racism".

"No, absolutely no", he said.

Ozil, 29, withdrew from worldwide football and said that "racism and disrespect" directed towards himself and his family was a major factor behind his decision. "He has a problem to find now an answer of this 'retired from the national team'".



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