Loew said he had called and messaged Ozil, without reply.
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Germany coach Joachim Loew said he was snubbed by Mesut Ozil after the midfielder abruptly retired from international duty following the furor over a photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prior to the World Cup.Loew said Wednesday he had failed in his attempts to contact the Arsenal midfielder and that he had been notified of Ozil's international retirement by the player's adviser.Loew said after the adviser's call, he had called and messaged the player, without reply.Ozil and Germany teammate Gundogan, who was called up for their Nations League game against world champions France on Sept. 6 and Peru on Sept. 9, were jeered by German fans in the warmup games before the World Cup in Russia.Ozil said after the tournament German Football Association (DFB) President Reinhard Grindel had blamed him for the country's team poor performance.Loew also rejected the player's racism claims.
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