Kroos has no regrets about his return to the German team and apologizes to Pedri

Toni Kroos has no regrets at all about saying yes to a return as an international player. After Germany's elimination from the European Championship, the German veteran addressed his followers on Instagram and also offered his apologies to Pedri.

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Pedri had to leave the match early on Friday evening after a foul by Kroos, which caused an outcry in Spain.

Coach Luis de la Fuente stated afterward that Kroos should have received a red card for the tackle, which will likely take Pedri at least a month to recover from. The 34-year-old midfielder felt it was important to apologize to the unfortunate Spaniard. "It was obviously not my intention to injure you," Kroos wrote. "Wishing you a speedy recovery and all the best. You are a great player."

Kroos has no regrets about his decision to return to the German national team. The 114-time international retired after Germany's elimination in the round of 16 against England at the previous European Championship, but after a phone call from coach Julian Nagelsmann last September, he made himself available again and proved his value at this European Championship. "I'm glad I did it," Kroos wrote the day after the lost quarterfinal against Spain. "Despite the sadness and feeling of emptiness after yesterday's final whistle."

Kroos elaborated on his decision, mentioning that returning to the national team was driven by a sense of unfinished business and a desire to contribute to the team's success during a crucial tournament on home soil. His experience and leadership were seen as valuable assets by Nagelsmann, who persuaded him to come out of retirement.

During the tournament, Kroos played a pivotal role in Germany's midfield, showcasing his trademark passing accuracy and vision. His presence on the field provided stability and creativity, helping Germany advance through the group stages and knockout rounds. His performances were lauded by teammates and pundits alike, proving that age had not diminished his ability to influence high-stakes matches.

Despite the defeat against Spain, Kroos is proud of what Germany has shown during the European Championship on home soil. "I did not expect that after such a short time we would already have a realistic chance at the title and be able to compete with the best. Therefore, I am proud of what this team has achieved," wrote the retired midfielder. He concluded with one request: that Germany continues to support the national team. "Because that helps enormously in difficult phases. I can assure you that this group is doing everything to succeed. Germany is back!"

Kroos also highlighted the positive atmosphere within the squad and the bond that developed among the players and coaching staff. He expressed confidence in the team's future, emphasizing the importance of maintaining the momentum gained during the tournament. His message resonated with fans, who have shown a renewed sense of optimism and support for the national team.

As Germany looks ahead to future competitions, the experience and wisdom of veterans like Kroos will be invaluable in nurturing the next generation of talent. His legacy, marked by both triumphs and setbacks, continues to inspire young players aspiring to don the national team jersey. Kroos's journey serves as a testament to the enduring passion and commitment required to succeed at the highest level of international football.

Updated: 02:40, 6 Jul 2024

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