Mesut Ozil, 35, in talks over Germany comeback to play in over-35s World Cup – six years after controversial retirement

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MESUT OZIL is in talks to play for Germany at the over-35s World Cup later this year.

According to the Daily Mail, England will host the eight-team tournament over the summer.

AFPMesut Ozil is in talks to play for Germany at the over-35s World Cup this summer[/caption]

The hosts and Germany will be joined by Argentina, Brazil, France, Italy, Spain and Uruguay for the EPG Cup, organised by the Elite Players Group.

Steve McManaman, Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho are amongst the marquee names expected to appear.

According to Bild, Ozil could also feature for Germany at the tournament.

The 35-year-old last represented his country at the 2018 World Cup before retiring from international football after the tournament.

He is understood to be on a provisional list of players alongside fellow World Cup winner Sami Khedira.

Germany captain Kevin Kuranyi explained: “Mesut Özil is on the list. I’ve already spoken to him too. But that will be difficult.

“We know the political and media situation with him. I hope that it works and that he ends up wearing the Germany jersey.”

Ozil accused the German FA of racism after announcing his international retirement over five years ago.

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England:

Steve McManaman (C)
Michael Owen
Ashley Cole
Joe Cole
Rio Ferdinand
David James
Frank Lampard
Robbie Fowler

Argentina:

Esteban Cambiasso (C)
Hernan Crespo
Pablo Zabaleta

Brazil:

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Emerson (C)
Kaka
Ronaldinho
Rivaldo
Cafu
Roberto Carlos

France:

Christian Karembeu (C)
Thierry Henry
Marcel Desailly

Germany:

Kevin Kuranyi (C)
Mesut Ozil
Sami Khedira

Italy:

Marco Materazzi (C)
Fabio Cannavaro
Francesco Totti

Spain:

Michel Salgado (C)
David Villa
Carles Puyol

Uruguay:

Diego Lugano (C)
Diego Forlan

He claimed he had been hung out to dry after meeting controversial Turkey president Recep Erdogan before the 2018 World Cup.

The ex-Arsenal midfielder scored 23 goals in 92 caps for Germany and was part of their 2014 World Cup triumph.

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Ozil’s club career also included spells with Real Madrid and Fenerbahce, before he announced his retirement in March 2023 aged 34.

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