At 31 years old and after falling in the round of 16 of the Eurocup against England, the midfielder decides to focus only on Real Madrid
Toni Kroos, Real Madrid’s German midfielder, announced yesterday that he is retiring from the national team, with which he won the World Cup in 2014, after the elimination in the second round of the European Championship against England (2-0) on Tuesday at Wembley.
«I have played 106 times for Germany. There will not be another time, “the 31-year-old footballer wrote on his Instagram account. “I had already made the decision to retire after this competition. It was clear to me for a long time that he would not be available for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, ”added Kroos, scorer of 17 goals for the national team. “It was an honor for me to wear this shirt for so long. I did it with pride and passion, “he added, stating that he wanted to focus on Real Madrid and spend more time with his wife and three children.
Kroos had already contemplated retiring from the German national team after the failure at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, when his team failed to make it through the group stage, but ultimately stayed. A cornerstone for outgoing coach Joachim Low, Kroos made his national team debut in 2010. In 2018 he was voted Germany’s Player of the Year.
The decision was surprising for the moment, with the championship still in play and on the same day that Spain faced Switzerland and Belgium against England in the quarterfinals, but it was highly anticipated. The resignation of the German metronome must be framed in the renewal process that Hansi Flick, the new coach, has to undertake. After 15 years with Joachim Löw at the helm, the national team ended up gentrified, without that competitive and winning gene that always characterized the Germans.
Surely Kroos will be just the first on a list that will also include the relays of veterans such as Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels, both played by Löw for the European Championship after having been absent for a time from his team. The prestigious German magazine ‘Sports Bild’ already announced last week that in addition to Kroos, Ilkay Gündogan, another veteran midfielder, who at 30 years old, could also arrive perfectly in shape at the Qatar World Cup next year, would resign.
From now on, the Kimich and Goretzka duo will take over the reins of the renewed Flick team, who knows both of them wonderfully because they already stood out at Bayern that with this coach, eight years Löw’s assistant in the ‘Mannschaft’, he got a historical triplet.
Great news for Ancelotti
Kroos’ premature goodbye is a significant loss for Germany, as he is the leader who managed the game, time and space of the national team, but excellent news for Real Madrid and their new coach, Carlo Ancelotti. The German is basic in the midfield of the merengue team and must continue to be in a team that next year is obliged to fight for the League and the Champions League after a blank campaign, with enormous physical wear and tear and injury record.
At the white club they would like Luka Modric to resign from Croatia as well, but at 35 he does not seem very willing. The season ended exhausted, to the point of being practically disappeared in the round of 16 duel against Spain, but for the small and at the same time huge midfielder from Zadar defending the chess is the best.