Ozil’s photo with Erdogan sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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Ozil, 29, has come in for sharp criticism in Germany after the holders crashed out in Russia, finishing bottom of their group.Pressure had already been mounting on the Arsenal midfielder in the run-up to the tournament over a controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan which sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany.Team boss Oliver Bierhoff suggested Thursday that perhaps Germany should have considered dropping Ozil, who has Turkish roots, after his failure to explain himself over the issue.German Football Federation chief Reinhard Grindel has now waded in, arguing that Ozil must go public.Ozil senior defended his son for not clarifying his position publicly.
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