Mesut Ozil aims dig at Germany coach Joachim Low over Jerome Boateng omission

Manchester City winger Ferran Torres hit a hat-trick against Joachim Low’s side, with club team-mate Rodri also netting alongside Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal in a demolition that saw the hosts qualify for the finals of the competition.

Germany, meanwhile, dropped to second in Group A4, and Ukraine could qualify in the four-time world champions’ place if they are able to reschedule their fixture against Switzerland and improve their goal difference to better Germany’s. With the Ukraine squad in quarantine after a coronavirus outbreak, however, Uefa have not yet clarified how the situation will be resolved.

Regardless of the long-term outcome of Germany’s heavy defeat, it has led a number of fans to question whether Low’s time in charge of Die Mannschaft is up, and Ozil suggested that his former coach had made a mistake in leaving Jerome Boateng out of the squad.

Ozil, who left the national team set-up in 2018 after accusing figures in the Deutscher Fussball-Bund (DFB) of racism, took to social media to write: “Time to take @JeromeBoateng back.”

Boateng was dropped by Low shortly after Germany’s attempted defence of the World Cup in 2018 ended in a shocking group-stage exit.

The Bayern Munich centre-back was a key part of his club’s treble win last season, helping to take FC Hollywood to the Champions League final, where they defeated Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 after the defender went off injured.