Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has called time on his international career with former world champions Germany.
Ozil, according to a statement on Sunday, says he no longer wants to play for Germany because of the ”treatment” he received from the German Football Association (DFB).
The 29-year-old claimed he was being blamed for Germany’s disappointing World Cup and as such had to stop playing for the side.
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The statement on Twitter: “The treatment I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.
“I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.”
He added: “It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t.
“This decision has been extremely difficult to make because I have always given everything for my teammates, the coaching staff and the good people of Germany. But when high-ranking DFB officials treat me as they did, disrespect my Turkish roots and selfishly turn me into political propaganda, then enough is enough.
“That is not why I play football, and I will not sit back and do nothing about it. Racism should never, ever be accepted.”