England’s Rooney in awe of Germany playmaker Ozil

Wayne Rooney has spoke of his admiration for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil ahead of Germany’s friendly with England on Tuesday at Wembley, writes ESPN.

Rooney faced the Germany star when Manchester United beat Ozil’s Arsenal 1-0 in the Premier League last weekend, but the German has the bragging rights when it comes to international football.

Germany beat England 4-1 last time the two sides met during the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals. Rooney was full of praise for the Gunners’ No. 11: “He’s a clever player, he doesn’t stick to one position,” Rooney said. “[Ozil] moves along the line and behind opposition midfield and can score and assist goals so he is a fantastic player and a test for us to deal with.

Rooney added however that Ozil was not the only player in the Germany side he admired, citing the team’s work ethic as what he was most impressed by. “There are so many. Thomas Muller works really hard and scores big goals,” Rooney said.

You can’t just pick one. The biggest thing they have got is that they are a team brought together that all know their jobs, that is why they are so difficult to play against.

I think we’re together, too. We have to take that out onto the pitch and that is why these games are important as we want to put the ideas of the manager into the game and sometimes you do a lot of it, sometimes if you are not fully focused or don’t do it then you get punished.

Germany drew 1-1 with Italy on Friday but will face their final test ahead of the 2014 World Cup when they travel to Wembley on Tuesday.

Ozil was part of the Germany side that beat England 4-1 in their previous meeting at the 2010 World Cup, the game that saw Frank Lampard’s ‘goal’ chalked off by the referee, despite clearly crossing the line.

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