Mesut Ozil's Germany tenure was already 'over' before retirement - Lothar Matthaus

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Ozil, 29, arrived in Singapore just hours after announcing that he was quitting Germany's national team, citing concerns over racism after he was criticised by the country's football federation president.

Gundogan later issued a statement in which he said he "honours German values 100%" and never intended the picture to be seen as a show of political support.

Former Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Lothar Matthaus has told ESPN FC that Mesut Ozil will not be missed following his worldwide retirement, adding "his time to play in the national team is over" based on his recent performances. "One world, one people". With the way he has been treated by the DFB and the media in his own country, why would someone as talented as Ozil continue to play for a team who does not respect him?

The Nigeria worldwide scored three times and assisted five in 26 Premier League games last season.

However Chancellor Angela Merkel "respects" his decision as he has done much for the national side, her spokesperson said on Monday.

Ozil, a key member of the squad which won the 2014 World Cup, blamed the DFB management, in particular its president Reinhard Grindel, for failing to side with him against his critics.

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The German Football Association (DFB) on Monday refuted Ozil's allegations of racism, but the fiasco has damaged the governing body's reputation in football-mad Germany. "We have so many influences from outside Germany and we say, 'Welcome all the world to Germany.' And Mesut was playing the last 10 years in the national team, Sami Khedira was playing a long time in the national team, [Jerome] Boateng, [Serge] Gnabry - so many influences from outside". His retirement has more to do with politics, and Germany's social fissures.

"Every player, no matter whether they are in the public eye or not, has a right to be protected from abuse, discrimination and messages expressing hate".

He pointed out that Erdogan also met the Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May while in England and said he would have been "disrespecting his ancestors' roots" had he not posed for photographs with the Turkish president.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Ozalan from the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, said: "I congratulate Mesut Ozil".

Bayern Munich chief Uli Hoeness said he welcomed Ozil's retirement, saying: "I am glad that this scare is now over", the Bayern boss told Bild.

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