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German midfielder Toni Kroos retires from international football

German footballer Toni Kroos. Photo: dfb.de

Frankfurt, July 2 (MNN) German footballer Toni Kroos stepped down from the national team on Friday and said that his focus now would be on his Real Madrid career and to spend time with his family.

“I have played 106 games for Germany. There won’t be another one,” the 31-year-old Real Madrid star midfielder wrote on Instagram,

“I was hoping that I could end up with 109 caps and one more major title, the European Championship, and gave my all to try and make that happen. I had long decided that this tournament would be my last. I have known for a while that I won’t be putting myself forward for Qatar 2022.”

“It has been a huge honour”

Kroos scored 17 goals for the national team. His greatest achievement with Germany was the 2014 World Cup win in Brazil.
Since making his international debut in 2010 in a 1-0 defeat to Argentina, Kroos has participated in all three World Cup and EURO tournaments, making 28 appearances and scoring three goals.

His most memorable moment was in the 7-1 semi-final win over Brazil in 2014, where he scored two goals in the space of 69 seconds – the fastest brace in World Cup history.

The 2-0 Last 16 defeat to England on June 29 was his last in a Germany shirt.

Kroos ended his post by thanking the fans and Germany’s Head Coach Joachim Löw: “It has been a huge honour to have been able to wear this shirt for such a long time. I always did it with pride and passion.

:Thank you to all the fans and supporters that helped carry me with their applause and cheering, but also to all those critics who gave me extra motivation.”

“I want to sincerely thank Joachim Löw”

“Finally, I want to sincerely thank Jogi Löw. He made me a Germany international and a World Cup winner. He put his faith in me, and we have written a long success story together,” Kroos went on to write.

“It’s been a blast. Wishing you all the best – and lots of luck to Hansi Flick.”

In his post, Toni Kroos also named the reasons for his decision: “…mostly because I want to be fully focused on my goals with Real Madrid in the coming years. I also want to be able to afford myself some down time that I haven’t been able to have in eleven years as a Germany international. On top of that, I want to be around more for my wife and three children as a husband and as a father.”

Kroos was an integral part of the German team that won the 2014 World Cup.

The former Bayern Munich midfielder earned 106 international caps and contributed 17 goals and 19 assists.

He made his international debut in January 2010 in a friendly against Argentina.

The 2020 Euros was also the last assignment for Joachim Low as Germany’s Head Coach, ending his 15-year career with the national team.

Germany’s campaign ended with a 2-0 loss to England at Wembley Stadium in the Round of 16.

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