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Stefan Effenberg advises Toni Kroos not to return to German National Team

1. FC Union Berlin v Real Madrid CF: Group C - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 Photo by Jürgen Fromme - firo sportphoto/Getty Images

Former Germany and Bayern Munich midfielder Stefan Effenberg has praised Toni Kroos for his achievements with Real Madrid and the national team, but also advised him to stick to his decision to retire from international football after Euro 2020.

In his latest column for ‘t-online’, Effenberg argued that Kroos, who will be 34 in January, should focus on his club career.

“If you miss out on a tournament like this at an older age, it might give you one or even two more seasons with your club,” explained Effenberg.

Effenberg said that Kroos still has what it takes to help Germany, but it might not be the best decision for him in the long run.

“In sporting terms, he would certainly help the team immediately and provide stability, no question about it,” Effenberg said. “He has been performing at an extremely high level for years and is still doing so at Real Madrid.

“But what he has achieved for German soccer can also be ruined a little by a home European Championship where things don’t go well.”

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