Toni Kroos announced his retirement from international football this Friday, post his team’s exit from the Euro 2020 in the round of 16 this season.
After giving his best for 11 years to his national team, Toni Kroos is now all set to pave way for the next generation to step up for his country.
In these 11 years, he has made 109 appearances and has scored 17 goals while providing 17 assists in the process and was also a vital cog of Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning campaign.
Toni expressed his thoughts regarding his decision through Instagram stating “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 my three children. It was a great honor 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 Löw. 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. Your Toni”
Toni will now further focus on his Real Madrid career in the coming years and there’s much more yet to see from the German Maestro.