Germany head-coach Joachim Loew has warned Arsenal star Mesut Ozil that ‘the clock is ticking’ for him to prove that he is worthy of a spot in his World Cup squad.
Loew is lucky enough to have a whole host of talent at his disposal as Germany’s coach, but after faltering in recent weeks for his club, Ozil could surprisingly be excluded from the squad.
Poor performances against Liverpool in the league and then Bayern Munich in the Champions League meant Ozil was dropped by Arsene Wenger, and is yet to win his starting spot back.
With the World Cup just months away, Loew has warned all of his players that time is nearly up for them to impress, and his decision will come down to who is playing the best right now, rather than who is perceived to be the best.
Loew said: “We need the best players currently available at the World Cup, and not theoretically the best.
“I’ve told the players: The clock is ticking. And only ones who hear it will have a fighting chance.
“This is an appeal to all and a wake up call to many to work on their training, their routine, and their professionalism as now is the optimal time [to work on those things] before the tournament.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles