Germany midfield maestro Toni Kroos announced his retirement from international football on Thursday. Kroos won the world cup with Germany in 2014 and has won 106 caps for the country. He has scored 17 goals while providing 19 assists throughout his international career. The Euro 2020 2-0 loss to England was his final game of his career. Kroos revealed that he had made up his mind about not being part of the squad for the World Cup in Qatar. He believes it would be best for him to concentrate on his club career at Real Madrid and spend time with his family.
“I’ve played for Germany 106 times. There won’t be another time,” Germany midfielder Toni Kroos said in a statement. “I would have dearly wished, and I gave everything again, that there would have been 109 internationals in the end and that this one big title, the European Championship, would have been added at the end.”
Kroos made his debut for Germany on the international stage in 2010 under Joachim Low. The latter has just left his post as the head coach of Germany after 15 years. Hansi Flick, the former Bayern manager will be taking over the role of head coach. Kroos has enjoyed a glittering career with Germany for the past decade. The 2014 World Cup win was without a doubt the biggest achievement for him.
“It was a great honour for me to be able to wear this jersey for such a long time,” he added. “I did it with pride and passion.”