Mesut Ozil is unconcerned by criticism from former Germany playmaker Mehmet Scholl of his performance against Poland at Euro 2016.
Germany and Poland played out the tournament’s first 0-0 draw at the Stade de France, leaving Joachim Low’s side needing a win over Northern Ireland on Tuesday to guarantee top spot in Group C.
Former Bayern Munich man turned TV pundit Scholl pinpointed Ozil’s “indifferent” body language during the game – a criticism often levelled at the Arsenal man by followers of the Premier League.
But Ozil – who after the game insisted he always gives 100 per cent – is paying no attention to his critics as he looks to add European glory to the World Cup title secured two years ago.
“I’m sorry but quite honestly I don’t care what others say,” he told Bild.
“And that mustn’t influence me during this tournament.
“There are always people who tell us their opinion, usually negative. I don’t know if they have to or not.
“If a former player or anyone else wants to be in the headlines – that bounces off me. As I said: The manager’s opinion counts, Mr Low tells me the truth and what is wrong or right.”