Kroos Announces Retirement From International Football

July 3, 2021
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Germany and Real midfielder midfielder Toni Kroos has announced his retirement from international football.

Kroos earned 106 caps for Germany, contributing 17 goals and 19 assists, with his final game coming in the 2-0 defeat by England in the Euro 2020 last-16 tie on Tuesday.

He played a key role as Germany were crowned world champions in 2014 in Brazil.

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The 31-year-old said it was clear to him “for a long time” that he would not be available for the World Cup in Qatar next year and his priority was to focus on his club career with Real Madrid and spending time with his family.

“I’ve played for Germany 106 times. There won’t be another time,” said Kroos in a statement released on Twitter.

“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.

“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.”

Kroos made his international debut in 2010 under Joachim Low, who has left his post as Germany head coach after 15 years in the post following their European Championship exit.

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