Toni Kroos hits back at former Bayern Munich chief Uli Hoeness for claiming he is ‘completely done’ at the age of 31 and no longer suited to the modern game after Germany’s early exit from Euro 2020
- Toni Kroos has responded to claims he no longer suits the modern game
- Kroos retired from international football after Germany’s Euro 2020 exit
- Former Bayern Munich chief Uli Hoeness singled Kroos out for criticism
- Hoeness claimed the midfielder’s ‘sideways’ way of playing is ‘completely done’
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
Toni Kroos has rejected claims made by former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness that he no longer has a place in the modern game.
The Real Madrid midfielder announced his retirement from international football in the days after Germany’s defeat by England in the last 16 of Euro 2020.
Hoeness singled Kroos out for criticism and suggested he was largely to blame for Germany’s exit from the tournament.
Toni Kroos (left) has hit back at claims made by former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness (right) that he no longer has a place in the modern game
He told Sport1: ‘I like Kroos, he showed world-class performances in the past. He was great for Bayern – but his way of playing is completely done. He no longer fits with today’s football.
‘We are 1-0 down against England in the last quarter of an hour, Kroos no longer crossed the halfway line. He played sideways, then sideways again, until the opposing defence had organised themselves.
‘Bayern players are super self-confident guys who had a big say with Hansi Flick. I know they were totally unhappy with the situation, with Low’s tactics. Yet they accepted it. I don’t understand, I didn’t know them like that.
Hoeness said Kroos played too many sideways passes for Germany in their loss to England
‘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.”‘
His comments didn’t go unnoticed and provoked a strong reation from Kroos.
The midfielder tweeted sarcastically: ‘Uli Hoeness is a man with great knowledge of football (even if it wasn’t enough for RTL), little interest in polemics and completely at peace with himself. Similar to his greenkeeper.’
The final part of Kroos’ tweet was in reference to remarks Hoeness made about Lothar Matthaus in 2002. Hoeness insisted Matthaus would never return to Bayern as long as he was in charge, even as a greenkeeper.
Kroos later quote-tweeted a post which showed he had completed the most passes in the final third of the pitch earlier in the tournament with a caption: ‘Uli H can’t like that.’
Hoeness responded to Kroos’ reply but resisted making a further dig, tweeting: ‘We live in a democracy. Everyone can say what they want.’
Kroos replied with a sarcastic reference to comments Hoeness made in the past about Bayern Munich and Germany legend Lothar Matthaus
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