Toni Kroos exclusive interview ‘Lifting the Euros would be the perfect ending to my career’

Toni Kroos
Toni Kroos will retire from professional football at the end of Euro 2024 (Image credit: Getty Images)

As far as bright ideas go, Julian Nagelsmann’s decision to bring Toni Kroos back into the Germany squad ahead of Euro 2024 can be filed under ‘no brainer’. It took the 34-year-old just seven seconds to register an assist on his return against France, in March, and the six-time Champions League winner looks set to start against Scotland in this evening’s tournament opener in Munich. 

The midfielder enters his home tournament with 109 caps, behind only Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller in terms of Nationalmannschaft experience. Kroos, who had previously retired following Germany’s last-16 defeat to England at Euro 2020, recalls the process that led to his return in February this year. 

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Ed McCambridge
Staff Writer

Ed is a staff writer at FourFourTwo, working across the magazine and website. A German speaker, he’s been working as a football reporter in Berlin since 2015, predominantly covering the Bundesliga and Germany's national team. Favourite FFT features include an exclusive interview with Jude Bellingham following the youngster’s move to Borussia Dortmund in 2020, a history of the Berlin Derby since the fall of the Wall and a celebration of Kevin Keegan’s playing career.