The reason why Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan are in trouble with German national team


With the Premier League season now all done and dusted, football fans are now switching their focus to this summer's World Cup in Russia.

There are, of course, the FA Cup and Champions League finals to look forward to, but the international side of the game is set to dominate the headlines in the coming months.

Over the next few days, the 32 teams taking part in the World Cup will be releasing their official squads for the tournament.

Germany will arrive in Russia as joint favourites with Brazil, boasting perhaps the most complete squad of all.

The holders even have some new faces this time around in the likes of Leroy Sane and Timo Werner, but two players who look certain to feature have caused a bit of a stir with the German FA.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan are in a bit of hot water with the DFB after being pictured with Turkey's president.

DFB president Reinhard Grindel said: "The DFB of course respects the special situation for our players with migrant backgrounds, but football and the DFB stands for values that Mr. Erdogan does not sufficiently respect.

"Therefore, it is not a good thing that our internationals have let themselves be exploited for his election campaign stunt. It certainly hasn’t helped the DFB’s integration efforts.”

DFB team coordinator Oliver Bierhoff added: “I still have absolutely no doubts about Mesut and Ilkay’s commitment to playing for the Germany national team and how much they identify with our values.


"They were unaware of the symbolism of these pictures, but we cannot endorse it, and we will discuss the matter with the players.”

While it shouldn't harm their inclusion in Joachim Low's squad, it is certainly not the best thing to come out a month before the start of the tournament.

Although, if both are absent from the starting XI from the first game - Ozil in particular - you can safely assume the reason why...

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