Kroos rebounded after testing positive for Covid-19 last month and starred in Germany’s 7-1 loss to Latvia on Monday in their last friendly warm-up.
Still, the Germans struggled to recover from the humiliation of failing in the group stage at the 2018 World Cup and Kroos knows the team have a point to prove.
“We don’t have to hide from France. Both teams are strong, ”Kroos said on Friday at the German base in Bavaria. “Before the tournament (World Cup) we were supposed to be stronger than we were, now it’s different. “
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The Germans are looking for a record-breaking fourth European Championship title on swan song from Joachim Loew after 15 years as head coach, but confidence in the “Mannschaft” remains low.
The morale of German fans has been shaken again this season by humiliating defeats against Spain and North Macedonia. Unusually, the German defense, normally the team’s main strength, is faltering after dropping 20 goals in their last 13 international matches.
While France moved up to second place in the world rankings, just behind Belgium, Germany fell to 12th position. As a result, Real Madrid veteran Kroos said Mannschaft wanted to throw in a marker and “look forward to” facing the French.
The 31-year-old expects Germany to win “every game” of the European Championship. “I will never start a tournament with the hope” let’s just earn a few points “. If that was the case, I wouldn’t be back, ”Kroos insisted.