Arsenal star Mesut Özil recently took some time out from providing assists on the field to assisting the Turkish national team with a bit of confidence building praise.
Özil told the Fanatik newspaper that he has been impressed with the new-look, young and dynamic Turkish national team.
The World Cup winner believes the Crescent-Stars have a quality side and wished his other country the best of luck in the European Championships over the summer.
Özil said: “The Turkish national team are a young side full of talent. They proved their quality in the group stages and I wish Turkey as well as Fatih Terim the best of luck.”
The 26-year-old play-maker represents Germany at international level but also had the option to play for Turkey due to being an ethnic Turk.
Germany and Turkey will both participate in the European Championships in France this summer.
Özil was born in Germany to Turkish parents from the Hışıroğlu village – Devrek – which is located in the Zonguldak province of North-Western Turkey.
The attacking midfielder is bi-lingual in Turkish and German, Özil also speaks English and Spanish.
The World Cup winner regularly visits Turkey and even has a street named after him in the town of Devrek.