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Germany World Cup winner Kroos retires from international football

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The 31-year-old follows manager Joachim Low’s suit in walking away from the national team after the end of their Euro campaign.

Toni Kroos has announced his retirement from international football, saying he now wants to “focus fully” on club football with Real Madrid.

Kroos earned his first senior Germany cap in a friendly against Argentina in March 2010. Three months later, he played in his first competitive match in a 2010 FIFA World Cup group stage fixture.

The midfielder was crucial to Die Mannschaft’s 2014 World Cup glory, with one of his best performances coming in the 7-1 thrashing of Brazil.

Germany exited Euro 2020 after a 2-0 defeat to England in the Round of 16, and the Real Madrid star has decided it is time for him to hang up his international boots.

Kroos wrote in an Instagram post: “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 three children.

“It was a great honour 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 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.”

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