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Confirmed: German World Cup Winner Announces Shock Retirement

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

Read: Germany Team Manager: Maybe We Should Have Left Out Ozil

The Germans failed to defend their 2014 World Cup title after being eliminated in the group stages.

Ozil was widely criticised and made the scapegoat for Germany's disappointing campaign, after he was seen pictured with the Turkish president before the tournament.

"It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect," Ozil said in a letter posted on social media.

"I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don't.

"This decision has been extremely difficult to make because I have always given everything for my teammates, the coaching staff and the good people of Germany.

"But when high-ranking DFB officials treat me as they did, disrespect my Turkish roots and selfishly turn me into political propaganda. then enough is enough."

 

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