Mesut Ozil wasted no time reacting to the shock of Germany’s 6-0 loss to Spain after taking to Twitter to deliver a barely veiled blow to manager Joachim Low.
Germany suffered their worst defeat since 1931 when they were hammered away in Sevilla, ensuring the home side advance to the Nations League finals next year at their expense.
Ozil’s international career came to an end after the 2018 World Cup when Germany crashed out of the group stage.
Germany humiliated in Nations League after 6-0 loss to Spain in Sevilla
Germany boss Joachim Low (left) with assistant coach Marcus Sorg in the loss
Sensing he had become a scapegoat, the Arsenal midfielder announced his retirement from international football shortly after the tournament, believing he lacked the backing of German officials.
Compatriots Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller have also seen their international careers cut short by Joachim Low in the two years since, as he seeks to rebuild a new team in his 14th year at the helm,
But after Germany put in a dismal performance in Spain on Tuesday night, Ozil suggested a possible recall for one of his former team-mates to help mend a leaking defense.
Posting minutes after the full-time whistle blast, he said: “It’s time to take Jerome Boateng back”, marking Bayern Munich center-back in his post.
Former Germany international Mesut Ozil took to Twitter to post his reaction after a full time
Ozil and Jerome Boateng both saw their international careers end under a cloud
Ozil’s international retreat came amid controversy after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of the World Cup in Russia.
The playmaker, who has currently been sacked from Arsenal’s first team until at least January, has Turkish ancestors and felt he lacked the support of anyone in the German setup.
“My job is a football player and not a politician, and our meeting was not an endorsement of any politicians,” 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 jersey.
Ozil felt he had become a scapegoat after Germany’s early fall in the 2018 World Cup
Jerome Boateng’s international career (left) was also cut short by Joachim Low
“I don’t feel wanted and I think what I have accomplished since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten. “
Germany only needed a draw against Spain to secure a place in the last four of the Nations League which begins next October.
But they looked dead and buried before half-time as they were torn apart by Spain who opened the scoring with a header from Alvaro Morata, before Manchester City duo Ferran Torres and Rodri struck before the break.
Torres added two more goals in the second half to complete his hat-trick, Mikel Oyarzabal rounding the score with one minute to go.