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Craig Bellamy is being slammed for his comments about Mesut Ozil after England 0-0 Germany

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Few players in world football divide opinion as much as Mesut Ozil.

The German playmaker, who turned 29 last month, has been heavily criticised for his work ethic and performances in big matches - on a very regular basis - since joining Arsenal from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.

However, despite the heavy criticism, there are often just as many football fans prepared to defend the World Cup winner.

They argue that Ozil is quietly effective and that his body language during matches often deceives people into thinking that he’s not bothered.

“Some people like me, some people don’t,” Ozil said in an interview with Goal earlier this year. “Some people look at my body language and think I don't care. But that's me. I won't change my body language or my style of play drastically anymore.”

But ignore that body language and there’s still no getting away from the fact that Ozil has flattered to deceive in a host of important Arsenal matches over the past four years.

We’ve seen many glimpses of the world-class ability that he undoubtedly possesses but it can certainly be argued that he lacks the consistency levels of the truly great players.


Some people feel that Ozil often reserves his best performances for Germany and he was in action for the reigning world champions at Wembley on Friday night against England.

His performance, unsurprisingly, divided opinion once again.

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Craig Bellamy tears into Ozil after England 0-0 Germany

Craig Bellamy, the former Premier League striker, was analysing the match for beIN Sports and had some very harsh words for the playmaker after the final whistle.

“We know Ozil doesn’t run a lot, we know he doesn’t track back. He’s driving me up the wall every time I’m watching him,” the ex-Wales international commented.


“Yeah, [Harry] Maguire done well, do you know why? Because he kept running past [Ozil]. He didn’t want to track him back. It’ll be a better test for [Maguire] when he’s not playing against Ozil again because he’ll have someone who’ll actually work back against him.”

Bellamy, in full rant mode, continued: “[Ozil’s] really frustrating me at the present moment.

“He was given responsibility in a key position today.

“If [Ilkay] Gundogan goes over to the left-hand side, you have to tuck in because you’re then playing the role of defensive midfielder. [Ozil’s] walking into position.


“I thought he was so disappointing today with young players [around him]. I just think that as a World Cup winner, he could have taken more responsibility.”

After being told that Ozil had more touches than anyone else on the pitch, Bellamy added: “Well, he would do - but doing what?

Bellamy then explained how Ozil could have helped his team more during the match, prompting the beIN Sports presenter to say: “He’s got under your skin, hasn’t he?”

Bellamy agreed and then finished by saying: “We know there’s more - we’ve all seen more - and I just feel, at this present moment, that he’s not showing us what he’s capable of and it is annoying.”


Video: Bellamy rants about Ozil after England 0-0 Germany

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His comments, needless to say, have sparked a fierce backlash from Ozil’s loyal supporters…







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