Germany suffered a shock group stage exit at the 2018 World Cup, and the team manager has explained why it would have been a good idea not to have called up Mesut Ozil.
The defending World champions failed to advance to the round of 16 after losing 2-0 to Korea Republic in their final group game.
Ozil has once again received a lot of criticism, despite creating a number of chances in the loss to Korea.
Team manager Oliver Bierhoff feels maybe they should passed on calling up the Arsenal star.
“We should have considered passing on him,” Bierhoff told Die Welt.
“We have never forced national team players to do something, but rather always tried to convince them.
“We failed to do that with Mesut. And thus, we should have considered passing on him for sporting reasons.
“I believe the fact that Mesut and Ilkay took the pictures did not distract the squad so much. But the debate afterwards did. In hindsight, I should have tried to handle the issue more clearly.”