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Toni Kroos Retires From International Football With Germany

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Germany’s World Cup-winning midfielder, Toni Kroos has on Friday announced retirement from international football.

In a statement, Kroos said that he had already planned to retire after Euro 2020, and he knew he will not feature in 2022 World Cup.

The Real Madrid midfielder wrote;

I have played 106 times for Germany. There will not be another time.

Germany were knocked out of Euro 2020 after losing their Round of 16 match 2-0 to England on Tuesday.

He added;

I had already made the decision to retire after this tournament for some time. It had been clear to me for a while that I will not be available for the World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Kroos further wrote that his priority going forwards will be to spend time with his family, stressing;

Mainly because I want to focus fully on my goals with Real Madrid for the next few years. In addition, from now on I will deliberately allow myself breaks that have not existed as a national player for eleven years. It was a great honour for me to be able to wear this jersey for such a long time. I did it with pride and passion.

 

Kroos was part of the Germany national team that had defeated Argentina 1-0 to claim 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy.

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