Hoddle: Ozil has been off the pace at World Cup

The Arsenal midfielder has been singled out for under-performing for Joachim Low's side, and the former Tottenham boss believes Andre Schurrle could provide an alternative
Former England manager Glenn Hoddle believes Mesut Ozil has looked off the pace during Germany's passage to the World Cup quarter-finals.

Ozil scored the winning goal for Joachim Low's side as they knocked out Algeria in the round of 16, but has been criticised for some lacklustre showings in Brazil.

And Hoddle believes that Low could look to the likes of Chelsea's Andre Schurrle  - who also scored against Algeria - as a replacement should Ozil again fail to fire against France on Friday.

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"Up front [Thomas] Muller is so versatile, he can play in a variety of attacking positions and his movement is so good, but it’s his movement that impresses me the most," he wrote for williamhill.com.

"He is not a traditional No 9, he plays in between the centre halves, but is equally astute in playing between the centre half and the full backs. And he is always on the move.

"Joachim Low also has alternatives on the bench.   
"Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle and Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira affected the game when they came on against Algeria.

"Schurrle showed terrific skill for his goal, but the team still have problems and although Mesut Ozil scored late on, he seemed off the pace of the game."

Hoddle, who led the Three Lions to the 1998 World Cup in France, believes Les Bleus may struggle to break Germany down should Low's side lift their game with the latter stages of the tournament now well underway.

"The key to teams like Germany scraping through is the calmness their players show inside the 18-yard box," he added. "That’s where the top players shine with their ability to keep cool when it matters.

"Class will always show, but I imagine the German team got an old fashioned rollicking at half time against Algeria, and they will need to step up a gear to beat France.

"Their coach has been in the job for an awful long time without delivering a trophy, which is unusual for Germany. Many think this might be their year.

"But Germany will have to tighten up a little bit against France if they are to progress."

Glenn Hoddle is WilliamHill.com's official World Cup blogger in Rio de Janeiro.