Toni Kroos ‘to RETIRE from German national team’ aged 31 after seeing Euro 2020 hopes ended by England at Wembley… with announcement ‘imminent’ for Real Madrid midfielder
Toni Kroos has reportedly played his last game for Germany as the 31-year-old will announce his international retirement ‘imminently’.
The 31-year-old has previously intimated that he has no plans to stretch out his career late into his thirties.
Now it appears he will stay true to his word with German outlet Bild reporting that Kroos is ready to step away from the national team after Euro 2020.
Toni Kroos is reportedly on the cusp of announcing his international football retirement
Kroos played every minute at this tournament for Germany but could do little to stop Joachim Low’s team being beaten by England at Wembley.
‘It was an even game until England’s opener,’ he said afterwards.
‘Both teams cancelled each other out. We got out of a tough group, but it hurts a lot to go home now.’
Kroos failed to register a shot on target during the tournament but if Euro 2020 was to be his final outing for Germany he has enjoyed a prestigious career for Die Mannschaft.
Kroos played every minute of Euro 2020 for Germany but it was ended by England at Wembley
The Real Madrid midfielder has won 106 caps for Germany, placing him joint seventh on the all-time national team appearance list alongside former Bayern Munich team-mate Thomas Muller.
Kroos currently boasts one more cap than 1990 World Cup winner Jurgen Kohler (105) but remains two caps behind former German national team boss Jurgen Klinsmann (108), who was part of the BBC Sport team at Wembley to see Germany’s defeat.
For Germany, Kroos has managed 17 goals, the most famous of which was a free-kick against Sweden at the 2018 World Cup – a clear Goal of the Tournament contender.
Kroos has a World Cup win on his resume having been part of the side that lifted the title against Lionel Messi’s Argentina in 2014.
While German fans wait for confirmation on Kroos’ potential retirement, manager Low had already confirmed the game against England was his last.
Kroos was part of the triumphant side in 2014 that won the World Cup against Argentina
Low announced before the tournament that he would step down as Germany boss after a decade and a half in the set-up. He will be replaced by ex-Bayern manager Hansi Flick.
He told a post-match press conference: ‘In these 15 years there were a lot of positive things, I participated at our home World Cup in 2006 (as assistant coach), we developed further, we won the title in 2014 as the highlight, then Confederations Cup in 2017 with a young team.
‘There are very strong bonds that have been made, since 2018 we have had some problems – there were difficult spells. What remains is a lot of moments with a lot of people and the victories, some defeats as well, I have learned lessons.
‘Disappointment is present, it will stay for a while, this is clear, you don’t forget about it immediately, you will need certain time but I am sure that there are a lot of positive things that I can take out of these 15 years.
‘I want to thank the players who gave their best, the players who are not with us anymore.’
Joachim Low (left) had previously revealed that he was leaving the national team set-up