Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has criticized his former national teammate Mesut Ozil about his manner of retirement. Ozil announced his retirement from the national team last month. In his retirement statement, Ozil accused the DFB of racism. Before the World Cup this summer, Ozil posed for a picture with Turkish President Recep Erdogan. This sparked controversy in Germany.
Kroos said, “Basically Mesut is a deserved international and as a player he deserved a better departure. But the way he resigned was not in order. The parts in his statement that are rightly addressed are unfortunately overshadowed by the significantly higher amount of nonsense. I think he knows very well that racism within the national team and the DFB does not exist.”
Kroos who scored one of the goals of the World Cup, said he had no intentions to retire. He said, “I will continue towards Euro 2020 and have set myself the goal of being far more successful there than in the recent past. I had a good talk with (national team coach) Joachim Loew. We will find solutions together so that I can get a break here and there. For me that’s the only way and I am thankful for Jogi’s understanding.”