June 17, 2018 / 2:11 PM / 4 months ago

Fit-again Ozil starts for Germany against Mexico

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Mesut Ozil will start Germany’s World Cup Group F opener against Mexico on Sunday, after coach Joachim Loew opted for the experienced midfielder instead of speedy Marco Reus.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Germany Training - Germany Training Camp, Moscow, Russia - June 16, 2018 Germany's Mesut Ozil during training REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

Ozil, who days ago recovered from injury and had to deal with a barrage of criticism in Germany over a controversial photo with Turkey president Tayyip Erdogan, will partner Julian Draxler and Thomas Mueller in the world champions’ attacking midfield.

Loew also made one change to his defence, replacing left back Jonas Hector with Marvin Plattenhardt.

Mexico’s all-time top scorer Javier Hernandez earned a spot in coach Juan Carlos Osorio’s line-up as they look for their first tournament win over Germany.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Ed Osmond

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