What Mesut Ozil's retirement says about Germany

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"Twenty-three goals, 40 assists - which is a German record - and five-time German player of the year - three of which come after 2014".

The stopper began by quoting a section of the extensive letter Ozil posted on Sunday, explaining his global retirement, before adding: "Stand for Ozil and say no to racism".

"In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose", Ozil wrote in his lengthy farewell statement.

While not wanting to make public comment on some of Ozil's statements from his Twitter post, the governing body said it "emphatically" rejected any suggestions of racism within the organisation.

A survey of 5,000 Germans by t-online.de showed 49.7 percent think Grindel should resign over the saga.

He said he spoke to Ozil on Monday night and described his approach as "beyond any form of admiration", adding that Ozil's critics "could not stomach" the photograph of the football star and Erdogan that prompted criticism ahead of the World Cup.

Despite distancing himself from the situation before and during the World Cup, Ozil continued to be criticised and this vitriol only increased after Germany's shock exit.

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

The news that he had no warning is surprising as Arslan has a co-operation agreement with Ozil's advisor Erkut Sogut, who only warned the DFB that a statement would be released on Sunday.

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".

With Ozil gone, Loew will have to find his replacement with Paris Saint Germain's Julian Draxler or Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus as the leading candidates.

Recalling the times when he played in Europe, Ozalan said he had also been exposed to racist attacks. "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.

"Thank you for everything you've done for German football". "The danger exists because many who also have family roots in other countries or culture, can understand Ozil's mood".

Ozil made his global debut in 2009 and won 92 caps for Germany, netting 23 goals.

However Chancellor Angela Merkel "respects" his decision as he has done much for the national side, her spokesperson said on Monday.

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