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German midfielder Toni Kroos announces retirement from International Football

Toni Kroos on Friday announced his retirement from international football for Germany. His last international game for Germany came in the form of a 2-0 defeat against England in the Round of 16(knockout stage) of UEFA EURO 2020. The 31-year-old midfielder played in every minute for Germany in this tournament.

In January 2010, Toni Kroos was called up to the senior Germany team for the first time, for a training session and was named in the squad for the following match, a friendly against Argentina on 3 March 2010, in which he subsequently made his debut for the national side. Kroos was selected to Joachim Low’s 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He made his FIFA World Cup debut in Germany’s final group-stage match versus Ghana, coming on in the 80th minute for Bastian Schweinsteiger, with Germany leading 1–0.

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He made further appearances as a substitute in the quarter finals against Argentina, in the semi-finals against Spain and in the third-place playoff against Uruguay. Toni Kroos was named in Germany’s squad for the 2014 World Cup. Kross won the tournament with Germany national team that defeated Argentina 1-0 to claim the 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy.

What Toni Kroos has said

Toni Kroos with the 2014 Fifa World Cup

The 2014 World Cup winner earned 106 caps for his country, contributing 17 goals and 19 assists following their exit from the Euros on Tuesday.

“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.”

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Tony Kroos is now focussed on his club career. He plays for the Spanish giants- Real Madrid. Toni Kroos arrived from Bayern Munich on July 2014.  Real Madrid announced that they had reached an agreement for the transfer of Kroos, signing a six-year deal for an undisclosed fee. The press reported that Kroos had cost between €24m and €30m. Kross scored 18 goals & assisted 57 more in 215 appearances for the club. He won the UEFA Champions League(x3), Laliga title(x2), Spanish Super Cup winner(x2) with the Los Blancos side.

Joachim Low has left his post as Germany head coach after 15 years in the post following their European Championship exit. Former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick has replaced Low as the national team boss as Germany turn their attentions to qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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