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Shock as Arsenal star retires from Germany duty

Shock as Arsenal star retires from Germany duty

Enduring a surprisingly brief World Cup campaign, Germany's failure to challenge for the trophy they claimed four years ago has left many wondering why things went quite so disastrously for Joachim Low's side. My job is of a football player an not a politician, and our meeting was not an endorsement of any policies.

The way Ozil has been treated by German media, politicians and especially the DFB has caused him to make the "difficult decision" to announce his worldwide retirement, saying that: "I now feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my global debut in 2009 has been forgotten".

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has announced his retirement from worldwide football, while also hitting out at high-ranking officials at the The German Football Association.

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"For me, it didn't matter who was President, it mattered that it was the President", he said in his statement.

The Tweet followed an earlier message in which Ozil had explained the reasoning behind his controversial meeting with Erdogan in May - when he met the Turkish leader in London along with fellow German worldwide Ilkay Gundogan.

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He added: "I am German when we win, but I am immigrant when we lose". Ozil's performances at the World Cup were also heavily scrutinised in wake of the controversy, with Germany going out in the group stage.

Ozil earlier released two statements on Twitter.

Ozil, who is of mixed German and Turkish heritage, said on Sunday night that he and his family had received hate mail, threatening phone calls and social media abuse. Ozil's statement was posted as Arsenal were preparing to fly to Singapore for a preseason tour, with Ozil having joined up with the squad just in time for the trip. He and Ilkay Gundogan - a team mate also of Turkish descent who likewise posed with Erdogan - were jeered in warm-up games before the World Cup in Russian Federation. "Having respect for political office is a view I'm sure both the Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May share when they too hosted Erdogan in London".

He also said several of his commercial partners abandoned him during the media storm, including an unnamed charitable partner and his former school in Gelsenkirchen, who cancelled an event he was set to attend before the World Cup.

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