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Kroos announces retirement from Germany duty

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The midfielder will focus on his club from now on.

England v Germany - UEFA Euro 2020: Round of 16 Photo by Frank Augstein - Pool/Getty Images

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has officially announced his retirement from International duty and won’t play another game for the German national team. Kroos published a letter on his Social Media to announce his decision.

“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 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,” wrote Kroos.

The midfielder also mentioned that this decision could help him over the next few years as he tries to focus on his games for Real Madrid.

“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,” he added.

Kroos also thanked the fans and his coaches in the German national team, where he won a FIFA World Cup.

The midfielder is 31 years old and Real Madrid will now be able to enjoy what should be a better version of Kroos, given that he will be allowed to get some valuable rest during the FIFA breaks mid-season.