2014 World Cup winner Toni Kroos announces his retirement from international duty with Germany.
Official. Toni Kroos won’t play again for German national team and announces his retirement from international football. I want to fully focus on my goals with Real Madrid”. 🇩🇪 #Kroos
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 2, 2021
“I have played twice for Germany. There won’t be another time.
I had made this decision after this tournament for a long time. I won’t be available for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. I want to focus entirely on my goals with Real Madrid for the next few years. I have existed as a national player for eleven years. From now I will deliberately take breaks. I also want to be there more as a husband and dad for my wife and my three kids.
It was a great honour to wear this jersey for a long time. I did it with pride and passion. Thanks to all the fans and supporters for supporting me and thanks to all the critics for their extra motivation,” said Kroos via his media handles.
He also thanked Jogi Low who made him a national player and world champion via his announcement post: “I would like to thank Jogi Low very much. He made me a national player and world champion. He trusted me. We have long written a success story”.
Real Madrid midfielder, Kroos had stated earlier that he would like to retire early and won’t play into his 30s. He has earned 116 caps and scored 17 goals for the German national football team and a World Cup.
😢 @ToniKroos has announced his retirement from international football.
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) July 2, 2021
“Congrats on an amazing international career with Germany, Toni Kroos,” tweeted Real Madrid.
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) July 2, 2021
Germany was eliminated from Euro 2020 in round-of-16 by England with 2-0 on Tuesday.