Germany star to announce retirement?


After getting knocked out of the UEFA European Championship by England on Tuesday night, a Germany star is reportedly set to announce his retirement from international football.

According to Sport Bild, midfielder Toni Kroos could call time on his international career after earning his 106th cap this week.

The 31-year-old made his debut for Die Mannschaft in 2010, and has gone on to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup with his country, scoring 17 goals along the way.

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The Los Blancos star is reportedly among four Germany stars who could retire from international duty, with the others being Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller and Ilkay Gundogan, per Sport Bild.

A disappointed Kroos spoke to the media after his nation's round of 16 defeat to the Three Lions on Tuesday night.

"This is very, very bitter," he said.

"We weren't effective enough and the 1-0 (when Sterling scored) changed everything, until then we had played a decent game.

"When you go out in the last 16, it's disappointing, even though we came through a difficult group."

With it having already been confirmed that Hansi Flick will take over from Joachim Low as manager of Die Mannschaft after the Euros, and the team's current boss revealed that he will be taking a break before making a return to coaching.

"I also have to allow the disappointment and the emptiness that comes," Low said.

"You don't shake off a tournament like this in the first few days, because you will need time.

"I never talked about retirement. There are definitely new tasks that are interesting for me."

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