The father of a Germany star has urged his son to quit the national team after being made a scapegoat following Die Mannschaft's shock exit from the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has seen himself come under much criticism from his country's supporters and team manager Oliver Bierhoff for his performances at the showpiece in Russia.
The midfielder's dad, Mustafa, says his son is offended by the treatment he has been receiving until now and suggests that it may be time for the former Real Madrid player to walk away from the national team.
“If I were in his place, I would say: "Thank you, but that's enough,"' Ozil senior told Bild.
“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.
“He doesn't always have to defend himself. He's played in the national team for nine years moreover, became a world champion.
“It's always said that if we win, we win together, but if we lose, we lose because of Ozil.
“He's booed and put up as a scapegoat – I completely understand that he is offended.”
The 29-year-old has been capped 92 times by Germany, scoring 23 goals and assisting in a further 40 strikes.
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