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Toni Kroos retires from international duty

Fri 02 July 2021 | 13:04

From now on, the German star will only play for Real Madrid and will part ways with the German national team.

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midfielder Toni Kroos has announced his retirement from international games after 106 caps.

The 31-year-old Real Madrid star made his international debut in 2010 and believes now is the best time to retire. His last national game was the match against England in Euro 2020, which they lost 2-0 and were eliminated. However, Kroos decided to end his career with the German national team.

He wrote on a statement:

"I've played for Germany 106 times. There won't be another time.

"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.

"I had made the decision to quit after this tournament for a long time. It had been 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. In addition, from now on I will deliberately allow myself breaks that have not existed as a national player for eleven years.

"And moreover, as a husband and dad, I would also like to be there for my wife and three children.

"It was a great honour for me to be able to wear this jersey for such a long period of time. I did it with pride and passion.

"Thanks to all fans and supporters who carried and supported me with their applause and cheers. And thanks to all the critics for their extra motivation.

"At the very end I would like to say thank you very much to Jogi Low. He made me a national player and world champion. He trusted me. We have written a success story for a long time.

"It was an honor for me, doing it well - and good luck and success to Hansi Flick."


source: SportMob

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