The former president of the Bundesliga champions singled out the midfielder for criticism after the national team’s early exit from Euro 2020
Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has launched a scathing attack on Toni Kroos, saying the Real Madrid midfielder is “no longer fit for today’s football”.
The 2014 World Cup winner announced his retirement from international players after the elimination of Germany in Euro 2020 last month at the hands of England, who dropped the curtain on a brilliant international career that earned him 106 runs over 11 years.
Hoeness was particularly critical of Kroos’ performance against the Three Lions at Wembley and felt that his inclusion contributed to it – but Kroos himself has since responded.
What did Hoeness say about Kroos?
Hoeness reflects on Germany’s actions at Eurozone Sport1: ‘The first two games in the World Cup qualifiers were pretty proper with a back four, then he changed to a back try, it was completely unnecessary. Why? (Former Germany manager Joachim) Low wanted to integrate Kroos
‘If we had played on the wings with Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Thomas Müller in midfield, Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane and Kai Havertz up front, we would have had a very different position today. I’m 100% sure of that.
‘I like Kroos, he has shown world-class performances before. He was great for Bayern – but his way of playing is completely finished. He no longer fits in with today’s football.
“We are 1-0 down against England in the last quarter. Kroos no longer crossed the halfway line. He played sideways and then sideways again until the opposing defense organized themselves
‘Bayern players are very confident guys who had a big say with Hansi Flick. I know they were completely unhappy with the situation, with Low’s tactics. Yet they accepted it. I do not understand, I did not know them that way.
‘They should have said’ Toni Kroos no longer fits into this football with his sideways game. Our football is played vertically. The ball is played forward all the time ”.
How did Kroos react?
Kroos responded to Hoeness’ remarks with a message of his own and a look at his short stint as an expert for the broadcaster RTL.
He also referred to the remarks Hoeness made about Lothar Matthaus in 2002, when he said that the German legend would never return to Bayern as long as he was in charge, not even as his gardener.
Kroos further wrote Twitter: Uli Hoeness is a man with a lot of knowledge of football (even if it was not enough for RTL), who had little interest in controversy and was completely at peace with himself. Similar to his green guard. ”