Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan should not have been selected in the Germany’s 23-man World Cup team, according to former Germany skipper Stefan Effenberg.
He believes manager Joachim Löw should have excluded both the Arsenal and Manchester City players after being pictured with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“If you bet on certain values, as the DFB repeatedly conveys, then the decision can only be made by throwing the two players out,” said Effenberg.
“Ozil and Gundogan have now been lucky that the DFB acted in this case in an inconsistent way, and not quickly.”
Ilkay Gundogan was whistled mercilessly in Germany’s friendly against Saudi Arabia.
“That’s the worst thing that can happen to you, because you’re asking yourself a lot of questions, like the value of wearing this jersey.”