Germany’s Kroos announces his retirement from international football


Soccer Football – Euro 2020 – Round of 16 – England v Germany – Wembley Stadium, London, Great Britain – June 29, 2021 German Toni Kroos applauds full-time fans after losing Pool match via REUTERS / Frank Augstein

July 2 (Reuters) – German midfielder Toni Kroos has announced his retirement from international football following his side’s exit from the European Championship, the 31-year-old said on Instagram.

Kroos’ announcement comes three days after Germany were beaten 2-0 by England in the last 16 of Euro 2020 at Wembley.

“I have played for Germany 106 times. There will be no other time,” said Kroos, who has accumulated 17 goals and 19 assists for the national team.

“I would have dearly wished, and I gave it my all, that there were 109 internationals at the end and that one great title, the European Championship, had been added at the end.”

The Real Madrid player was part of the German squad that beat Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final.

Kroos, who made his international debut in 2010, said it had been clear to him “for a long time” that he would not be available for the World Cup in Qatar next year.

“Mainly because I want to focus fully on my goals with Real Madrid for the next few years,” he added. “Also, from now on, I’m going to deliberately allow myself breaks that haven’t existed as a national player for eleven years.

“It was a great honor for me to be able to wear this jersey for so long. I did it with pride and passion.”

Report by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru Editing by Christian Radnedge

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