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Kroos pinpoints Germany shortcomings in ‘disappointing’ England loss

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Joachim Low’s long-running reign ended in a disheartening fashion as Die Mannschaft were eliminated in the last 16 of Euro 2020.

Germany “lacked effectiveness” in the match against England, says Toni Kroos as he attempt’s to explain his side’s poor performance.

Germany took to the pitch at Wembley on Tuesday with question marks over their form, having stumbled into knockout stages after rather unconvincing displays in Group F.

The Germans were wasteful and were punished for not taking their chances as two goals in the second half from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane saw them suffer a 2-0 defeat and crash out of the competition.

“It was a very even game until the goal against us,” Kroos told MagentaTV post-match “Both teams neutralized each other. Maybe we lacked effectiveness.

“We progressed from a difficult group but this is very disappointing right now.”

Low is set to step down as Germany manager but he isn’t ready to put a full stop to his managerial career just yet.

“I also have to allow the disappointment and the emptiness that comes,” Low said. ‘”You don’t shake off a tournament like this in the first few days, because you will need time.

“I never talked about retirement. There are definitely new tasks that are interesting for me.”