2014 World Cup winner Toni Kroos has announced his retirement from international football. 31 years old Kross took to his social media account to announce retirement from Germany.
His statement on his account translates:
“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 international matches 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 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.”
Kroos won 106 caps for the German side. He won the World Cup with Germany in 2014.
Kroos will still continue to play in club football, where he represents Real Madrid.