Mesut Ozil was quick to offer some helpful advice to Germany manager Joachim Low after the humiliating 6-0 defeat to Spain on Tuesday night.
Germany had been top of their Nations League group and just needed a draw in Sevilla to progress to the semi-finals of the competition.
However, it was a disastrous night out for them as they were walloped 6-0 thanks to a Ferran Torres hat-trick and goals from Alvaro Morata, Rodri and Mikel Oyarzabal.
It was a German team full of big names, with Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos, Timo Werner, Leroy Sane, Ilkay Gundogan, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry all starting the game.
However, the defence was clearly not their strong point and Ozil offered a solution to their leaky back line.
The Arsenal man tweeted: ‘Time to take Jerome Boateng back.’
The Bayern Munich defender has won 76 caps for Germany, lifting the World Cup in 2014, but has not played for his country since 2018.
Low decided to move on from the former Manchester City man and he has been out of contention for the last two years, despite still playing regularly for Bayern, with the defender starting six Bundesliga matches already this season.
‘I really don’t know what happened to the team,’ Low said after the match. ‘We had hardly any chances and we didn’t win a single individual battle out on the pitch.
‘In the second half we tried to press them high up the pitch to score and get back into the game but Spain played far better than us, they were much faster and played with more precision.’
The Arsenal playmaker retired from international football in 2018 after feeling racially discriminated against by the German football hierarchy due to his Turkish roots.
‘The treatment I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt,’ Ozil posted on Instagram. ‘I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.
‘People with racially discriminative backgrounds should not be allowed to work in the largest football federation in the world that has many played from dual-heritage families. ‘Attitudes likes theirs simply do not reflect the players they are supposedly represent. ‘It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.
‘I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t. ‘This decision has been extremely difficult to make because I have always given everything for my teammates, the coaching staff and the good people of Germany. ‘But when high ranking DFB officials treat me as they did, disrespect my Turkish roots and selfishly turn me into political propaganda, then enough is enough. ‘That is not why I play football, and I will not sit back and do nothing about it. ‘Racism should never, ever be accepted.’