Mesut Ozil hits out at Germany team-mate Jerome Boateng

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World champions Germany are usually known for their impeccable team spirit, but at Euro 2016, the first cracks in their supposed camaraderie are starting to show. 

After the 0-0 draw with Poland - a result which should still see Joachim Low's side go through - defender Jerome Boateng suggested they needed to improve in the final third if they were to go far in the tournament. 

Boateng had said, as per


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“We have to take shots. It’s all good until we reach the final third, but we can’t get past the opponents, are not dangerous. We need to improve that, otherwise we won’t get far.”

But, according to the same source, Ozil has taken offence at the comment, as by implication he is under fire as a key part of Germany's attack. 

The Arsenal playmaker has clearly not taken kindly to Boateng's remarks and instead of taking them on board, he has instead chosen to aim a sarcastic (read, bitter) dig at the Bayern Munich man. 

"That's his opinion", he said. 

"He certainly knows how to play attacking football."

More criticism 

What's been lost in all of this is that Boateng perhaps has a point, as Ozil and the rest of Germany's famous attack have been under par. 

In fact, Boateng hasn't been the only one to criticise the former Real Madrid star. 

Former Germany international Mehmet Scholl, who has been commentating on the Euros, also slammed Ozil's "indifferent" body language, according to German publication Bild

Ozil's response

"I'm sorry but quite honestly I don't care what others say. 

"There are always people who tell us their opinion, usually negative. I don't know if they have to or not."

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