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Toni Kroos announces his return to the Germany squad

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos announced that he has reversed his decision to retire from international football to play for Germany at the upcoming European Championships on home soil this summer.

Toni Kroos, aged 34, retired from the national team in July 2021 following Germany’s disappointing exit from Euro 2020. However, there has been persistent speculation about his potential comeback for this summer’s tournament, which will take place in Germany.

Germany’s head coach, Julian Nagelsmann, has kept the possibility of Kroos’ return open, stating in late 2023 that the decision rested with the midfielder, who needed to determine if rejoining the national team was the right choice for him.

In an Instagram post confirming his decision, Kroos announced that he would be returning to the international stage during the next international break in March.

Kroos announces via Instagram his decision to return to the Germany squad

“I will play for Germany again in March,” he wrote. “Why? Because I was asked by the coach, I’m in the mood and I’m sure that, with the team at the European Championships, much more is possible than most believe right now.”

This summer, Germany aims for redemption following two disappointing performances in the previous major tournaments.

In the 2018 World Cup, Die Mannschaft exited at the group stage. They barely made it to the last 16 in Euro 2020, where they were eliminated by England. Despite these setbacks, Germany narrowly avoided relegation from Nations League A due to a competition restructuring.

With 106 caps under his belt, Kroos retired from international football. However, the Real Madrid player is set to return to the national team in March, adding to his appearances. Germany will face France on March 23 and host the Netherlands three days later.

Currently ranked ninth on Germany’s all-time appearance list, Kroos needs three more caps to surpass Jurgen Klinsmann in eighth place. Philipp Lahm holds seventh place with 113 appearances. If Germany reaches the quarter-finals in the upcoming tournament, Kroos could match Lahm’s record.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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