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    Jogi Low refuses to commit to Mesut Ozil

    Jogi Low & Mesut Ozil

    Another day, another set of Mesut Ozil updates in the German press.

    Sport Bild run with the headline ‘Jogi Low refuses to commit to Mesut Ozil’ after the German manager’s latest briefing with the press.

    The Ozil tension isn’t disappearing after the midfielder met with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Man City’s Ilkay Gundogan also met Erdogan, and is in the same boat.

    That meeting sparked a backlash with German fans. Indeed Gundogan was booed by German fans during the Saudi Arabia friendly.

    Germany vs Mexico

    Germany, the reigning world champions, start their defence of the trophy against Mexico.

    After that the Germans have matches against Sweden and South Korea.

    Will Ozil play against Mexico?

    Sport Bild posit that Ozil may be left out the German side for the Mexico game.

    They’ve reached that conclusion after Jogi Low said the following about the Arsenal playmaker:

    Mesut was not available on Friday, although he would have liked to play. The days off helped him, he has no problems. He has fully trained.

     As far as the lineup is concerned, I will commit myself on Saturday, not now. 

    We have a (long) competition. The impressions of all players from this week are enormously important to me.

    By not saying ‘Ozil will play’, Sport Bild think the Arsenal star will be benched.

    If Ozil or Gundogan do get on the pitch against Mexico, Low has also warned the players they may face hostility from their own fans:

    OK, it is what it is. I cannot influence the whistles. I would have liked it differently but my job is to get them into the flow and help our team.

    Germany 2018 World Cup squad

    Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St-Germain)

    Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich)

    Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St-Germain), Leon Goretska (Schalke), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich)

    Strikers: Mario Gomez (Stuttgart), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

    Also see: Why Germany will win the World Cup again: 10 reasons.

    Top 10 betting tips to smash the bookies during World Cup 2018.

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