German midfielder Toni Kroos has announced his retirement from international football following Germany’s exit from the European Championships.
The 31-year-old midfielder officially bids adieu to country football on Friday after stating on his social media pages that the Euro 2020 was his last outing for Die Mannschaft.
The midfielder during his spell with the German team made 106 appearances in which he scored a total of 17 goals and created 19 and was part of the Germany’s triumph at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
A statement confirming his retirement reads:
” I’ve played for Germany 106 times. There won’t be another time. I would have hoped for it and i gave it all 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.”
The veteran midfielder made it known that he premeditated to quit international football after the Euros as he won’t be a part of the World Cup 2022.
“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,” he his now focused on achieving his goals with his club Real Madrid while devoting time and attention to his family life.
“Especially 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.”
In a farewell message, Toni Kroos expressed his gratitude to have been able to play for his motherland for a long time and praised the fans for the love and support they showed him throughout his time with the national team while also appreciating coach Joachim Löw for all his efforts on him.
“It was a great honor to have been able to wear this jersey for a long time. I did it with pride and passion. Thanks to all the fans and supporters who carried and supported me with all their applause and cheers…I would like to thank Jogi Löw, he made me a national player and a world champion….”
Toni Kroos made his international debut in a game against Argentina in 2010 before going on to spend 11 years with the German national team.