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Just in: Real Madrid veteran returns to German National Team

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In a major update, Real Madrid veteran superstar Toni Kroos has confirmed that he will return from his international retirement and play for Germany again.

The German icon will make his comeback for the national team next month before playing in the Euros in the summer.

The 34-year-old midfielder had hung up his boots on the international scene in 2021 after Die Mannschaft’s disappointing display at the UEFA Euro 2020.

But heading into this year’s European Championships, there had been a strong push for Kroos to return to the German national team fold, considering that the tournament will be hosted by his nation.

Furthermore, the German team has not been doing all too well under Julian Nagelsmann and having a veteran campaigner like Kroos would be a huge positive for the squad, as they look to win the trophy on their homeland.

Kroos had admitted that he was considering making a return in a recent interview, and earlier today he confirmed the same with a post on his Instagram account.

“People, short and painless: I will play for Germany again in March. Why? Because I was asked by the coach, I’m in the mood and I’m sure that with the team at the European Championship, much more is possible than most believe right now,” he wrote.

Kroos has made a total of 106 appearances for Germany, scoring 17 goals in the process. He was a part of the team that won the FIFA World Cup 2014, just before his move to Real Madrid.

Before the Euros, though, Kroos will play for Die Mannschaft next month when they take on France and the Netherlands in two friendlies.

Fabrizio Romano has reported that Real Madrid see Kroos’ return to the Germany national team as a positive step as they wish to renew his contract beyond this season.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis

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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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