Mesut Özil’s father has urged him to retire from international duty after being used as a ‘scapegoat’ following Germany’s horror showing at the World Cup.
The midfielder started the nation’s two defeats as the Germans crashed out at the group stage but was not selected for the victory over Sweden.
Despite helping Germany win the tournament in 2014, earning 92 caps and scoring 23 goals, Özil has faced criticism and his father Mustafa believes his son is unappreciated and ‘offended’ by how he is treated by supporters.
Speaking to Bild, he said: “If I were in his place, I would say: ‘Thank you, but that’s enough’. He’s bent, disappointed and offended, yes offended. His own fans booed him before the World Cup at the international in Austria and he cannot understand why.”
Özil scored in the pre-World Cup friendly defeat in Klagenfurt but was booed by fans following off-field controversy after he and İlkay Gündoğan were pictured with Turkey’s president.
The 29-year-old will be hoping for better success with club side Arsenal and has taken the number 10 shirt at The Emirates, vacated by West Ham new boy Jack Wilshere.