Joachim Low’s team was eliminated in the round of 16 after barely surviving the group of deaths, and down 2-0 at Wembley on Tuesday afternoon.
German midfielder Toni Kroos conceded that his team had a “lack of effectiveness” when they crashed out of the Euro 2020 series on Tuesday.
Kroos and Germany were knocked out by England in the round of 16, with the Three Lions winning 2-0 against their longtime rivals behind goals from Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.
After Kroos stumbled through the group stage, but still showed up with France and Portugal, he admitted that he did not feel on Tuesday that his team was bringing their A-game.
What was said?
“It was a very even game to the goal against us,” said Kroos. MagentaTV. “Both teams neutralized each other. Maybe we did not have effectiveness. We progressed from a difficult group, but it is very disappointing at the moment.”
Germany manager Joachim Low coached his last game on Tuesday after announcing earlier that he would leave the national team after this tournament.
Low had previously led Germany to victory at the 2014 World Cup, but will now leave the team after disappointing efforts during the 2018 World Cup and the Euros this summer.
“It’s a disappointment for all of us. We were hoping for more, the faith in the team was absolutely there. We had two great chances, but unfortunately we did not score any goals,” he said. “We are sorry we are not at the tournament, but we have worked hard over the past four weeks and everyone has pulled together well.
“I can not blame anyone. I’m sorry the great enthusiasm at home is gone now. The disappointment weighs heavily. An hour or two must pass before you can say a few words to the team. All players are completely disappointed, so are we.
“We have a lot of young players who will learn from that. At the European Championships in 2024, some will be at their absolute top level, also in terms of experience.”
Low further said he is going to take a break but is looking forward to a ‘new energy’.
“I must also allow the disappointment and emptiness that is coming,” he said. ” You do not shake off such a tournament the first few days, because you need time.
“I never talked about retirement. There are definitely new tasks that are interesting to me.”
‘A bitter evening’
These sentiments were repeated by Kai Havertz, who on the day was one of Germany’s most dangerous players.
Havertz says Tuesday’s loss will remain a loss at Germany, but he says the team remains united.
“We had a few chances after the goal, but we didn’t convert it,” he said. “A bitter night. We are all in one boat. We are united. England do not have a bad team, but you go out in the round of 16, that is of course disappointing.”