Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has said he is not looking to be made the next captain of Germany after Bastian Schweinsteiger’s retirement.
The 27-year-old was part of the World Cup winning squad in 2014 and has helped the team to the semi-finals of both the 2012 and 2016 European Championships, as well as at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
But despite his experience, Ozil admitted he would not be angered if someone else was named as Schweinsteiger’s successor.
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“Of course it is a huge honour to lead the national team with the armband on the pitch. But I’m not seeking to be the new captain,” said Ozil.
“We have many experienced players in the team who have something to say on the pitch and who can help the young players. I include myself in this group – but I don’t need the armband.”
The position became vacant when Schweinsteiger decided to retire from international football last month.
The unwanted Manchester United midfielder took over from Philip Lahm two years ago.
Manuel Neuer and Toni Kroos are both competing with Ozil to be named the next captain of Das Mannschaft.
The Bayern Munich goalkeeper stood in for Schweinsteiger at the start of Euro 2016 when he wasn’t selected by Joachim Low.
Ozil created 18 chances at this summer’s tournament that was hosted by France, as well as registering one assist and a goal.
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