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Loew is bullish on Ozil

Frankfurt: Out-of-form Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil will recover his form at the World Cup in Brazil this month despite recent lacklustre performances for club and country, Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Thursday.

The 25-year-old Arsenal midfielder has enjoyed a roller-coaster season following a bright start after his big-money move from Real Madrid.

His form dipped as the season wore on this year, earning him jeers and whistles in the past few Germany internationals.

Ozil was equally lacklustre in the 2-2 draw against Cameroon on Sunday, missing a great chance in the first minute and having little impact in the entire game.

“To be honest I am a bit surprised by the reaction against Mesut,” Loew said ahead of his team’s final warm-up game against Armenia on Friday.

“Mesut won German national team player of the year last season but it is clear that he has not performed to the fullest of his abilities in the past few games.”

“Through discussions and by showing him trust I think that he will deploy his exceptional abilities,” Loew said. “I have had longer talks in the past months, that he is hot for the World Cup,” Loew said. (Reuters)