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Watford's Loach: I made Real Madrid's Ozil what he is today

Highly-rated Watford goalkeeper Scott Loach admits he made Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil what he is today.

The 22-year old keeper was in goals for the England U21 team in the final of the European Championships against Germany and is adamant his clanger from a Ozil free-kick made the young midfielder a star.

Loach dived too early when Ozil took the free-kick and could only knock it into the goals, similar to Robert Green's howler at the World Cup earlier this year, as the Germany U21s took out the 2009 Euro final 4-0.

"No one really knew much about him back then, but we do now," Loach said with a grin yesterday. "I like to think I made him what he is today.

"Rob Green said 99 times out of 100, he would have saved that Dempsey shot and it was the same with me and Ozil.

"Every day in training, I would stand there and catch that free kick. I have only watched it back once. Once is enough.

"I knew at the time that it was a bad goal but it is not something I am haunted by. I still enjoy the fact that I played in a European final, even if it didn't go as planned.

"I got over it very quickly. I used to look at how Ben Foster dealt with things when he was at Watford.

"He let a couple of bad goals in, including the goal kick from Paul Robinson that bounced over his head.

"But he kept smiling and took the blame and said it was his fault. He dealt with it very well and emerged stronger from it."

Andrew Slevison
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