‘Time to take Jerome Boateng back:’ Mesut Ozil aims thinly veiled dig at Joachim Low following Germany’s 6-0 Nations League humiliation in Spain – after under-pressure boss axed the defender, Thomas Muller and Arsenal outcast
- Mesut Ozil wasted no time posting a full-time reaction on Twitter after the game
- Ex-Germany international suggested an international recall for Jerome Boateng
- Defender Boateng was axed by Joachim Low shortly after the 2018 World Cup
- Ozil retired from international duty after feeling no support from German set-up
Mesut Ozil has wasted no time reacting to Germany’s shock 6-0 defeat by Spain after taking to Twitter to take a thinly veiled swipe at manager Joachim Low.
Germany suffered their worst defeat since 1931 when they were hammered in Seville, ensuring that the home side progressed to the Nations League finals next year at their expense.
Ozil’s international career was ended after the 2018 World Cup when Germany crashed out of the group stage.
Germany were humiliated in the Nations League after a 6-0 defeat by Spain in Seville
Germany boss Joachim Low (left) on with assistant coach Marcus Sorg during the defeat
Having felt he was made a scapegoat, the Arsenal midfielder announced his retirement from international football shortly after the tournament having felt he had no support from German officials.
Fellow compatriots Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller have also seen their international careers cut short by Joachim Low inside the two years since as he looks to rebuild a new team in his 14th year in charge,
But after Germany put in a woeful performance in Spain on Tuesday night, Ozil suggested a possible recall for one of his former team-mates to help patch up a leaky defence.
Posting just minutes after the full-time whistle, he said: ‘Time to take Jerome Boateng back,’ tagging the Bayern Munich centre-back into his post.
Former Germany international Mesut Ozil took to Twitter to post his reaction after full-time
Ozil along with Jerome Boateng have both saw their international careers end under a cloud
Ozil’s international retirement came amid controversy after a meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup in Russia.
The playmaker, who has currently has been frozen out of Arsenal’s first-team squad until at least January, has Turkish ancestry and felt he had no support from anyone inside the Germany setup.
‘My job is a football player and not a politician, and our meeting was not an endorsement of any policies,’ he said after retiring from international football.
‘The treatment I have received from the DFB (German Football Association) and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.
Ozil felt he was made a scapegoat after Germany crashed out of the 2018 World Cup early on
Jerome Boateng’s (left) international career has also been cut short by Joachim Low
‘I feel unwanted and think what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.’
Germany only needed a draw against Spain to ensure a place in the final four of the Nations League which gets underway next October.
But they looked dead and buried before half-time as they were torn apart by Spain who opened the scoring with an Alvaro Morata header, before Manchester City pair Ferran Torres and Rodri struck before the break.
Torres added two more goals in the second half to complete his hat-trick, with Mikel Oyarzabal rounding up the scoring a minute from time.
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