DFB Team: is Toni Kroos returning to the Nagelsmann team?

Last Update: 13.02.2024 13: 23

Toni Kroos fuels speculation about a return to the DFB team at Real Madrid’s guest match in Leipzig. A measure with which Julian Nagelsmann could save the European Championship year. But it will not be the only one.

When Julian Nagelsmann took up his job as national coach in September, one of his most succinct sentences was:”Simplicity is an important point.“This was related to the way of playing, but simplicity also means that there is a certain continuity in the squad. Under his predecessor Hansi Flick, there had been a lot of tactical and personnel changes, the result of which was a DFB crisis that ended with his dismissal.

National coach Nagelsmann still has time to think

Julian Nagelsmann had to and wanted to bring continuity to the German national team. But so far this has not been possible. Neither in the results, nor in what is taking place on the court by personnel. The best example of this is the short-term repositioning of Kai Havertz to the left side. But also the situation in the storm, where Nagelsmann tried first with Kevin Behrens (then Union Berlin, now VfL Wolfsburg) and then with Marvin Ducksch (Werder Bremen). However, little has changed in the manageable success.

And so Nagelsmann has recently announced that there could be a kind of Restart in March, when the DFB Team will meet France and the Netherlands. “Let yourself be surprised. We still have a little time“, said the 36-year-old regarding his cadre appointment. And an open secret, which player could join new, is for some a glimmer of hope, for others it is rather an oath of Revelation: Toni Kroos. “That would be quite a Titanic Signal“, said Bayern Patron Uli Hoeneß some time ago, for example.

Good times, bad times as National players

At the end of last year, Nagelsmann had said that the return of Kroos is quite a mind game – and this has apparently become more over the past few weeks. Because now The Real Madrid midfielder is already in the middle of the deliberation process, whether he wants to return after his retirement after Euro 2021. “I’m still thinking about it, I haven’t made a decision yet. There is the possibility“, Kroos said on Monday (12.02.2024) before Madrid’s Champions League match at RB Leipzig.

The 34-year – old has had a great career in the DFB team-over 100 international matches, World Champion in 2014, in the All-Star team of Euro 2016. But the whole truth is that he helped shape the relegation of the national team. That was in the group stage at the 2018 World Cup, three years later only the round of 16 at the European Championships.

Toni Kroos still at top level at the club

But what has remained with Kroos over the years is his impressive success in Madrid. He is also currently in the process of deciding whether he wants to extend his contract expiring in the summer or end his glorious time at the “Royal” (including four titles in the Champions League). And Kroos is trying to convince from all sides. “His performance has always been the same. He had no UPS or Downs, is very constant“, said his club coach Carlo Ancelotti on Monday about him. It was just one of many praises of the past few days.

It seems that this constancy will lead to Kroos now having to stir up the DFB team again. After the bad impressions at the end of the 2023 International Year with the defeats against Turkey (2:3) and against Austria (0:2), Nagelsmann must take measures to save the Euro 2024. To put your own country in the mood and joy in the run-up to and during the event on German soil. Kroos would be the most prominent person, but not the only one.

Three Stuttgart newcomers in the DFB team?

No one would be surprised if Deniz Undav is nominated for the German national team for the first time next month. And sporting director Rudi Völler had recently announced in the course of the Cup match between Bayer Leverkusen and VfB Stuttgart (3:2) that he could meet some of his teammates from Swabia there. Waldemar Anton is also considered a sure-fire rookie, Maximilian Mittelstädt is currently playing in the foreground on the extremely problematic left outfield in the DFB team.

“Let yourself be surprised” – this statement suggests that it could not only be expected decisions that Nagelsmann will make in his cadre standardization. But these surprises should sit, because the course in March is the only one before the preparation for the European Championship, which will be held from March 14. June to 14. July will take place. This reboot, perhaps with Toni Kroos, is a last-ditch effort by Nagelsmann. His contract ends after the tournament. What happens next is open.

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