After the Euro 2020 elimination, Kroos announced his retirement from international football at the age of just 31.
The game against England led to criticism from Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness.
“I like Kroos, he showed world-class performances in the past, but his way of playing is completely done. He no longer fits with today’s football,” he said.
“We are 1-0 down against England in the last quarter of an hour, Kroos no longer crossed the halfway line. He played sideways, then sideways again, until the opposing defence had organised themselves.”
It could be argued that the negativity towards Kroos is slightly over the top considering he has won nearly every possible there is to win with club and country.
A European Championship victory may have eluded him, but he has won multiple Champions League titles and multiple La Liga titles with Real Madrid, while in 2014 he was a key member of Germany’s World Cup-winning squad.