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Toni Kroos considering Germany retirement U-turn ahead of Euro 2024

Toni Kroos is considering coming out of international retirement and making himself available for Germany ahead of this summer’s European Championships.

The Real Madrid midfielder, 34, called time on his international career following his country’s exit from Euro 2020 in 2021.

However, with Germany hosting the tournament this summer, Kroos is considering a return.

He holds a good relationship with Julian Nagelsmann, with whom he shares an agency, with the head coach calling the possibility an “interesting idea” in December, while team-mates, including Antonio Rudiger, have been vocal about wanting him to come back.

He has won 106 caps for Germany and was a key figure in the side that won the World Cup in 2014.

Kroos was named man of the match in the semi-final against Brazil and started the final against Argentina, playing the full 120 minutes as Germany claimed a 1-0 win.

He was also named in the team of the tournament for Euro 2016, as Germany lost 2-0 to France in the semi-finals.

Kroos won the World Cup with Germany in 2014 (Martin Rose/Getty Images)

He stepped away from the international game to spend more time with his family and to ensure a good end to his career with Madrid, which he has gone on to do.

Kroos’ future in the Spanish capital remains to be decided with his contract set to expire in June.

The club are open to an extension and while there has yet to be a formal offer both president Florentino Perez and general manager Jose Angel Sanchez have already told Kroos that he can renew if he so wishes.

Kroos, who has always said in public and in private that he wants to retire at Real and that he does not want to extend his career too long, is yet to make a decision either way.

He has enjoyed another impressive campaign making 29 appearances for Real so far this season, scoring one goal and adding seven assists.

Only five players have played more minutes this term with Carlo Ancelotti once again relying on him as a key starter.

Real are next in action against Getafe in La Liga on Thursday.

(Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

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