Toni Kroos: Germany's World Cup-winning midfielder announces international retirement

Toni Kroos' final international game for Germany came in their 2-0 defeat to England in the last 16 of Euro 2020; Real Madrid midfielder, 31, played every minute of Germany's World Cup-winning triumph in 2014

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Image: Toni Kroos' last international game came in Germany's last-16 exit to England at Euro 2020

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has announced his retirement from international football.

The 2014 World Cup winner earned 106 caps for his country, contributing 17 goals and 19 assists, with his final game coming in the 2-0 defeat by England in the Euro 2020 last-16 tie on Tuesday.

Kroos, 31, said it was clear to him "for a long time" that he would not be available for the World Cup in Qatar next year and his priority was to focus on his club career with Real Madrid and spending time with his family.

"I've played for Germany 106 times. There won't be another time," said Kroos in a statement released on Twitter.

Toni Kroos in German's Euro 2020 home kit
Image: Toni Kroos in German's Euro 2020 home kit

"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."

Kroos made his international debut in 2010 under Joachim Low, who has left his post as Germany head coach after 15 years in the post following their European Championship exit.

"It was a great honour for me to be able to wear this jersey for such a long time," he added. "I did it with pride and passion."

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