World Cup winner Mesut Özil tasted international success during last summer’s tournament in Brazil, and now he wants more.
The German playmaker is targeting another victory at the European Championships in France next year, and has expressed his desire to play at next summer’s Olympic games.
Those hopes seem to have been dashed by Germany boss Joachim Löw, who believes featuring at both the Euros and the Olympics will be too much for any player.
“Obviously the Olympics are an emotional issue. For me, however, it is unthinkable to play both tournaments,” Löw told the media before Germany’s 3-1 win over Poland.
“I think it makes no sense. It would help no one. So it is vastly unlikely (to happen) and priority for us is the Euros.”
Germany are clearly determined to become European champions this summer, a victory which would surely see them as the undisputed best national team in the world. Understandably, Özil would love to win that before adding an Olympic medal to his collection but that would see him play for the entire summer.
The squad that enters Olympics will consist of u23 players, but will allow the inclusion of three ‘overage’ players alongside them. Unfortunately for Mesut Özil, it seems highly unlikely that he will be one of them.
On a more positive note, Germany’s defeat of Poland saw them rise to the top of their European Championships qualifying group and, with just three games to go, they’re as good as qualified for next summer’s tournament.