There is no need losing sleep over the decision of Mesut Ozil to quit the German national team because he is already a fading force in the team, so believes ex-international Lothar Matthaus.

The former German captain while speaking to ESPN FC suggested that Ozil is only a shadow of his former self though he admitted that the circumstances in which he quit international football allow for concern.

He said: "I think football is football, politics is politics.

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"Mesut made a good job for Germany in [previous] years but in the last one-and-a-half years he didn't hit the same performance like four years ago when we won the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil against Argentina.

"I think his time to play in the national team is over. Not because of some picture, political decision. It doesn't matter, I don't care. I see the football player Mesut Ozil and he didn't perform like before."

Pressed on whether Ozil will be missed by German heading forward, 1990 World Cup winner Matthaus added: "No, we have a lot of good players, and when some player cannot perform like before, we have options to give the new generation the chance to help us to make the results like, for example, 2014."

"But for me, it's only important [if] Mesut Ozil can help the national team or not, and I have this feeling in the last one-and-a-half years, he never played on this level how we played before, and now it's time for changes. It's time for changes!" Matthaus concluded.


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