Ozil snr. has advised the Arsenal star to quit the German national football team after he was singled out for criticisms following the early exit from the ongoing FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
World champions Germany were surprisingly eliminated as they finished bottom of Group F and this prompted the severe criticisms that the 29-year-old has faced from fans and some officials including the team’s General Manager (GM), Oliver Bierhoff.
While defending his son in an interview with Bildam Sonntag, the midfielder’s father, Mustafa Ozil, stated that he would have quit playing for Germany if he was in his shoes.
In his words, Ozil snr. said: “He has contributed a lot for this country. It has always been: if we win, we win together.”
“But when we lose, we lose because of Ozil? He is now getting whistled at and made a scapegoat. I can understand if he feels insulted.”
Airing his opinion further, he said: “The hurt has grown too strong. And who knows what’ll happen at the next match? In Mesut’s place, I would step down. But that’s just my very personal opinion.”