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Mesut Ozil's father, Mustafa, has questioned his son's shock decision to retire from International football in 2018, claiming that the former Arsenal star 'is being used', before slamming his agent Erkut Sogut for allowing him to resign.
The midfielder announced on social media back in 2018 that he would be resigning from the German national side, amid allegations of 'racisim and disrespect' while also adding that he was made a 'scapegoat' following their group-stage exit at the World Cup that year.
The 35-year-old continued to play for Arsenal before going on to enjoy spells at Fenerbache and Basakeshir, announcing in March that he would be retiring from football completely.
But reflecting on his son's decision to end his international career, his father claimed he wished he could turn back time, admitting his 'disappointment' at how the midfielder's career ended.
'If I had a magic wand, I would turn the wheel back,' Ozil senior said in an interview with Bild. 'Mesut's career couldn't end like this. I still don't accept it to this day. I am sad and disappointed. It hurts me.'
Mesut Ozil's father has spoken out on his shock decision to retire from international football in 2018
Ozil senior also slammed his son's agent Erkut Sogut (pictured) questioning 'how could he allow such a resignation?'
After winning 92 caps while returning 23 goals for his national side, Ozil's decision to quit the national side came as a big surprise.
In a statement released with his announcement, Ozil wrote: 'With a heavy heart and after much consideration, because of recent events, I will no longer play for Germany at international level as long as I feel this feeling of racism and disrespect.'
He added: ''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.'
He enjoyed an illustrious playing career, scoring 44 times across 254 appearances