Toni Kross of Real Madrid has retired from international football which means that he will no longer be available for the German national team.
The 31-year-old Germany midfielder took to his Twitter page to announce that his time with the German national team was over. According to him, he was aware that he would not be available for Germany ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Toni Kross was part of the German team that played in Euro 2020. He and his teammates had a very tough time in the tournament and managed to qualify for the second round of the tournament.
Unfortunately for the German side that have a couple of top youngsters, they could not go beyond the round of 16. They lost 2-0 to England at Wembley Stadium on June 29.
Immediately after Germany were knocked out of the Euro 2020, coach Joachim Low stepped down as the head coach of the team and was replaced by Hansi Flick.
The former head coach of the team introduced Toni Kross to the national team in 2010. The 31-year-old midfielder made his debut on March 3, 2010.
Since he made his debut, the Real Madrid star has scored 17 goals for Germany in 106 appearances. He was in the German team that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Most of his fans thought Toni Kross would have another opportunity to attempt to win his second World Cup title in 2022 but that would no longer happen. The midfielder who still have until June 2023 before the expiration of his contract with Real Madrid, would now have to concentrate on club football.
He wrote: “I’ve played for Germany 106 times. There will be no Kin again. I wanted dearly, and I gave everything again, that there would have been 109 Linderspiele in the end and that this one big title, the European Championship, would have been added at the end.
“I had decided to quit after this tournament for a long time. I have long thought that I am not 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. From now on I will deliberately take breaks that have not existed as a national player for eleven years.
“And I would also like to be there for my Fran and my three children more as a husband and dad. 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 critics for their extra aviation.
“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 honor for me, doing it well, and good luck and success to Hansi Flick.”
July 2, 2021