Following Germany’s elimination from Euro 2020, Toni Kroos announced his retirement from international football.
Kroos’ declaration comes just days after England’s 2-0 victory over Germany at Wembley, and he claims he made the choice to retire because he wanted to devote more time to Real Madrid and his family.
Toni Kroos has announced his retirement from international football with the German national team.
On Friday afternoon, July 2, Kroos announced his international retirement on Instagram, writing: “I’ve played for Germany 106 times.” There will never be another opportunity.
“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 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 honour for me, doing it well – and good luck and success to Hansi Flick [Low’s successor as Germany coach].”
Kroos made his Germany debut against Argentina in March 2010, going on to defeat the same opponent four years later in the World Cup final.
He also helped the Germans reach the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
He departs the international stage with 106 caps and 17 goals to his name.