Ozil has followed a path I wish more more English players would follow. He starred for the succesful U21 German team, before making the seamless step up to the full national team. It seems in England a player with any potential is thrown straight into the deep end and almost bypasses playing in an international U21 tournament. I know there are exceptions to this, Joe Hart being a good example, but in general young English players are not exposed to the competition environment enough early in their career.
Anyway back to Ozil…what a year, superb at club level and outstanding at the World Cup. He has continued to shine at Madrid and seems totally unfazed by pressure (yes he was rubbish against Barcelona, I know).
Notable mentions to Javier Pastore, Gareth Bale, Pedro, David De Gea, Jack Wilshere, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku,