The Real Madrid midfielder has shockingly revealed he could give up Germany duty after next year’s European Championship.
Toni Kroos has been a regular for his country for several years, but is mulling over his Germany future.
Real Madrid‘s star Kroos has become a linchpin in the Germany national team since he made his debut for the senior side in 2010.
He was one of the key players as Germany won the World Cup in 2014. But Joachim Low’s men have failed to follow up that success, losing to France in the Euro 2016 semi-finals and seeing their World Cup defence end early in Russia. After the Euro 2020 qualifying match against Netherlands on Friday, he made 93 appearances for his side, scoring 14 goals.
Turning 30 next year, Kroos is starting to reconsider and ponder his future on the international stage following the competition next summer.
“After the tournament it will be a good moment to think about it,” he told a news conference. “It would not hurt if I end my international career without having won a European Championship.”
Kroos took a break from international football in June, missing Germany’s previous matches with Belarus and Estonia. Los Blancos ace said he feels it is important he is involved for the clashes with the Netherlands and Northern Ireland.
“In my opinion I want and need to be here now constantly with the important matches that come along. At the end of the last season, I was a little more tired than usually, because it cost much energy to get out of those more negative phases. Also I had some physical problems”, Kroos concluded.