Former Germany skipper Stefan Effenberg believes that Germany should have gotten rid of both Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan.
Effenberg, who himself was excluded from the 1994 World Cup squad, remarked that coach Joachim Löw should have excluded both the Arsenal and Manchester City players after being pictured with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan has been criticised for alleged human rights violations, as well as manipulating media, jailing journalists. Ozil decided not to talk about the incident while Gundogan was whistled mercilessly in the friendly against Saudi Arabia.
Effenberg, disgusted by the two players, wanted the national team to take appropriate action.
"If you bet on certain values, as the DFB repeatedly conveys, then the decision can only be made by throwing the two players out," said Effenberg, as quoted by Goal.
"Ozil and Gundogan have now been lucky that the DFB acted in this case in an inconsistent way, and not quickly."
Effenberg also talked about the whistling incident against the Saudis.
He added: "That's the worst thing that can happen to you, because you're asking yourself a lot of questions, like the value of wearing this jersey."
Defending champions Germany have been pitted in Group F alongside Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. They start their campaign, facing Mexico, on Sunday.