Germany v Azerbaijan - FIFA2010 World Cup Qualifier
HANOVER, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 09: Lukas Podolski of Germany celebrates scoring the fourth goal with Michael Ballack and Mesut Oezil during the FIFA 2010 World Cup Group 4 Qualifier match between Germany and Azerbaijan at the AWD Arena on September 9, 2009 in Hanover, Germany. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Michael Ballack believes that Germany must put the whole Mesut Ozil fiasco behind them

The Arsenal playmaker made the stunning announcement on social media that he had retired from Germany duty after the World Cup.

Ozil made the decision based on all the “racism and disrespect” he had received over his Turkish heritage from the DFB and fans alike.

But Ballack, who reached the 2002 World Cup final with Germany, believes it’s time for Die Mannschaft to leave the incident in the past.

“No one needs that before the World Cup and no one needs that in general, that discussion,” Ballack told Deutsche Welle.

“He [Ozil] made the decision he did, we have to accept it and the German national team has to move forward.”

The former midfielder also questioned the DFB’s decision to retain coach Joachim Low following their disastrous World Cup campaign.

Germany will face the Netherlands on Saturday in the Uefa Nations League before travelling to France for another game on Tuesday.