Real Madrid midfielder, Toni Kroos hit out at his former Germany teammate, Mesut Ozil, after the Arsenal star’s retirement from international football following a disappointing World Cup.
The duo were part of Germany’s miserable World Cup campaign in Russia.
Germany crashed out of the competition at the group stages, and Ozil believes racism played a part in his portion of the blame.
Ozil stepped down from the national team after facing heavy criticism from fans.
The Arsenal midfielder had claimed that the lack of support from the German federation made him “no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.”
However, Real Madrid star, Kroos has attacked the 29-year-old’s claims.
“The proportion that is well and properly addressed in [Ozil’s] statement is unfortunately overshadowed by the much higher proportion of nonsense,” he told Bild.
“I think that he knows that racism does not exist within the national team and the DFB.
“On the contrary, we are always committed to diversity and integration. Mesut was a good example, as many of our fellow players [were].
“Mesut was criticized for the photo – and rightly so.
“And he missed the chance to explain himself. Nevertheless, he was absolutely supported by the athletic leadership and the team.
“Later he was – as we others also – criticized for the performance at the World Cup. The type of criticism was certainly not always at a good level – but you have to go through [that] as a player.”