The Real Madrid midfielder has announced that he will no longer play for Germany after the Euro elimination.
Toni Kroos has announced his international retirement, with the World Cup-winning midfielder racking up 106 caps for Germany. The Real Madrid star is only 31 years old but, having made his Mannschaft debut in 2010, she believes the time has come to say goodbye to the selection.
Kroos’ last outing for the Mannschaft therefore took place in the 2-0 defeat to England at Wembley Stadium in the European Championship.
“I have played 106 times for Germany. There will be no more, wrote the person on social networks. I would have fervently wished, and I still gave everything, that there were 109 international matches at the end and that this one great title, the European Championship, be added at the end.
“It had been a long time since I made the decision to quit after this tournament. It was clear to me, for a long time, that I would not be available for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“Mainly because I want to focus fully on my goals with Real Madrid for the next few years. Also, from now on, I will be deliberately allowing myself breaks that have not existed as a national player for eleven years.
“And besides, as a husband and father, I would also like to be there for my wife and three children. It was a great honor for me to be able to wear this jersey for such a long time. I did so with pride. and passion.
“Thank you to all the fans and supporters who carried and supported me with their applause and cheers. And thank you to all the critics for their extra motivation.
“At the very end, I would like to say a big thank you to Jogi Low. He made me a national player and a world champion. He trusted me. We wrote a success story for a long time. It was a honor for me to do it well – and good luck and success to Hansi Flick. “
Kroos’ first international match takes place during a meeting with Argentina in March 2010. He will then participate in three finals of the World Cup, including one triumphant in 2014, as well as three European championships.
The centenary with Germany was reached in October 2020 during a League of Nations meeting against Switzerland. Kroos has scored 17 goals for his country and only six men have made more appearances for Die Mannschaft than him. The midfielder, who will now focus solely on club business, is bound by a contract with Real Madrid until the summer of 2023.