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KROOS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has announced his retirement from international football on the back of the defeat at the hands of England in the round of 16 stage at Euro 2020. The Real Madrid player called time on his career with the German national team via the post from his official Instagram account three days after the three-time champions were knocked out of the European Championship this summer.

Germany exited the Euro 2020 tournament on Tuesday following the 2-0 loss to the Three Lions of England with the two goals coming late in the game. Manchester City star Raheem Sterling and Tottenham Hotspur talisman Harry Kane scored for hosts England in the final 15 minutes to book their place in the last eight of the tournament. England will now face Ukraine in the quarterfinals to determine who will qualify for the semi-finals at the tournament.

Kroos has been a key player for four-time world champions Germany in midfield since he made his debut for his national team in 2010. The 31-year-old played the last of his 106 games for Germany against the Three Lions of England at the round of 16 stage atthe European Championship this summer. Germany qualified for the round of 16 at the tournament after finishing second behind world champions France in Group F known as the Group of Death. On their part, the English team qualified for the last 16 after winning their group. England were in Group D alongside Czech Republic, Scotland and Croatia.

Real Madrid star Kroos scored 17 goals and also added 19 assists in 106 appearances for Germany. The Real Madrid player said he did his best for Germany in the bid to win the European Championship this summer but the former world champions ultimately failed to achieve their target.