At Real Madrid, Toni Kroos is still an important pillar in the fight for championship and Champions League titles. In Hansi Flick’s World Cup squad, however, one looks in vain for the director. SPOX clarifies: That’s why Toni Kroos is missing in the squad for the 2022 World Cup.
He is one of the key players at 14-time Champions League winners Real Madrid. Just last week, 32-year-old Toni Kroos bagged the victory of the Spanish record champions against Cadíz in the last league game before the long winter break in the Primera Division with a goal and an assist.
Sounds like a clear case: The midfield strategist will be heading to Qatar with the DFB team for the Winter World Cup in the coming days. But far from it, because Kroos is missing from the squad for the 2022 World Cup.
Here we explain why this is so SPOX.
DFB team: That’s why Toni Kroos is missing in the squad for the 2022 World Cup
In the tournament that begins on November 20, national coach Hansi Flick has to fall back on other forces. The fact that Kroos is not available is due to his resignation after the disappointing round of 16 at the 2020 European Championship. The German team lost 2-0 at Wembley to eventual finalists England. Due to the corona pandemic, the tournament was postponed to 2021.
After his resignation, the native of Greifswald officially said goodbye to the DFB team and the then coach Joachim Löw in an emotional letter on Instagram. Toni Kroos has not been part of the DFB squad for almost 18 months. Despite his continued outstanding form at the club, he will not be involved in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar either.
DFB team: What alternatives does the DFB team have?
The gap left by the midfield strategist in the first tournament after his retirement can of course only be analyzed in the individual games. However, the position of the eight is still prominently occupied in the DFB team. With the two Bayern stars Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka as well as the Manchester City player Ilkay Gündogan, national coach Hansi Flick has well-known alternatives ready in any case. However, it is not known which of them will follow in Kroos’ footsteps.
A few days before the World Cup squad was nominated, there was also speculation in Spain about a possible resignation of Kroos. However, the 32-year-old quickly denied the rumours.
World Cup 2022: The match schedule of Group E
|November 23||Germany vs Japan||2 p.m|
|November 23||Spain vs Costa Rica||5 p.m|
|November 27th||Japan vs Costa Rica||11.00 a.m|
|November 27th||Spain vs. Germany||8 p.m|
|December 01||Costa Rica vs. Germany||8 p.m|
|December 01||Japan vs Spain||8 p.m|
World Cup 2022: The nations have to do without these key players
Whether retiring or injured – some stars will not be available to their nations at the 2022 World Cup. Among them are illustrious names like Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté or Reece James.
|nation||player||reason for the failure|
|Germany||Timo Werner||syndesmotic ligament tear|
|Germany||Marco Reus||ankle problems|
|France||Paul Pogba||meniscus injury|
|France||N’Golo Kante||hamstring injury|
|England||ReeceJames||Ligament injury in the knee|
|Netherlands||Giorginio Wijnaldum||broken tibia|
|Portugal||Diogo Jota||calf injury|