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Ozil honors an England superstar, while Gullit critiques Southgate’s selection

Ozil honors an England superstar, while Gullit critiques Southgate's selection

Mesut Ozil praised Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka for his effort in England’s 2-1 World Cup quarterfinal loss to France.

The Three Lions failed to mount a comeback against Les Bleus despite Harry Kane scoring one penalty and missing another.

Aurelien Tchouameni’s long-range shot and Olivier Giroud’s header came between Kane’s penalty kick as the defending world champions meet Morocco in the semifinals.

Saka, Jude Bellingham, and Phil Foden were among the younger players who excelled for England at the World Cup despite their team’s Saturday elimination.

And former Arsenal midfielder Ozil was thrilled by England’s performance against France and identified Saka as their team’s “future.”

Ozil stated on Twitter, “Team England, you have no reason to feel ashamed. A strong showing against the reigning world champion, with solid defense against Mbappe and etc., but France remains as successful as ever.

“Excellent performance by my brother @BukayoSaka87 – The future is yours to control.”

And Dutch icon Ruud Gullit said Gareth Southgate made a mistake by substituting him with 11 minutes remaining.

Gullit stated, “Saka was the only one who was exceptional. Why did you remove him?

“I do not believe he (Sterling) is as good as he was a few seasons ago. Why, then, would you do that? And he did nothing (when he appeared).”

Jude Bellingham was observed approaching Harry Kane after he missed a late penalties, and the Borussia Dortmund midfielder has revealed what he said to the England captain.

As the team’s leader – which he is with the media, on the field, and off the field – I believed it was crucial to keep him psychologically engaged in the game.

“I cannot thank him enough for the extent to which he has included me into the squad.

“Since I’ve been in the England setup, I’ve witnessed him produce time and time again. On this occasion, he didn’t score, but I believe he’s done more than enough for this team and his nation.

“At that point, I simply wished to remind him that he could still win the game for us.

“In the end, it was not to be, but I have no ill will towards the captain after everything he has done for this country.”

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