Germany coach, Joachim Low has explained why he dropped Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil from the German team that defeated Sweden 2-1 in the second game on Saturday.
The defending champions was on the brink of elimination as Ola Toivonen put Sweden ahead in the first half.
But Marco Reus levelled before Toni Kroos’ sublime strike in injury time rescued a vital win for Low’s side.
Ozil watched the entire game from the bench as Low decided not to field the midfielder.
The 29-year-old was heavily criticised for his performance in the 1-0 defeat to Mexico last Sunday.
But the coach told reporters that the Arsenal midfielder is still a key part of his plans when asked why the former Real Madrid player did not play a minute.
He said, “We have strong competition with us in the squad. We will still need his creativity in the tournament.”