Toni Kroos retires from international football with Germany
Germany’s World Cup-winning midfielder Toni Kroos Friday announced
retirement from international football. In a statement, Kroos said that he had
already planned to retire after Euro 2020, and he knew he will not feature in the
2022 World Cup. “I have played 106 times for Germany 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 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