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Ozil, 29, won the World Cup with Germany four years ago, but was also part of Joachim Low's squad which failed to progress from the group stages of the 2018 tournament in Russian Federation.

Ozil's explosive statement, in three separate postings on Twitter and Instagram, was hailed by Erdogan's government, which has championed a campaign against what Ankara sees as growing Islamophobia in Europe.

Matthaus said Ozil had done "a good job for Germany" in previous years but of late had failed to "hit the same performance" that helped them win the 2014 World Cup, and it was time to move on to new players. Not because of some picture, of of political decision.

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.

Patrice Evra, who had his own clashes with senior management during his global career with France, which included being stripped of Les Bleus' captaincy as the result of a mutiny at the 2010 World Cup, went one further, tweeting: "Respect".

Arsenal's German soccer player Mesut Ozil returns to his hotel after training in Singapore July 24, 2018.

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

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"The chancellor values Mesut Ozil highly".

"Stand for Ozil and say no to racism".

Between his debut in 2009 and his final appearance in June, Ozil played nearly 100 times for Germany, helping them win the World Cup in 2014 and even was voted as Germany's national player of the year on five separate occasions.

Leon Goretzka, 23, Lars Stindl, 29, and Thomas Mueller, 28, have also played well for Germany in the attacking midfield role.

"It wasn't about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family's country", he added. "I congratulate Mesut Ozil who by leaving the national team has scored the most handsome goal against the virus of fascism", Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul said. "I think here lays an important issue", he said.

"I kiss him on his eyes", Erdogan said, using a Turkish term of affection for a loved one or friend.

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