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Germany’s Toni Kroos avoided passing to team-mate because he ‘did not trust him’

RUSSIA: Toni Kroos avoided passing to one of his own team-mates during Germany’s miserable World Cup campaign because he ‘did not trust him’, according to reports. Germany, the winners of the last World Cup in 2014, opened up their campaign in Russia with a narrow 1-0 defeat to Mexico. They were on the verge of being knocked out by Sweden as they trailed by a goal but Kroos’ injury-time winner revived Germany’s hopes of becoming the first nation to defend the World Cup since 1962. That result turned out to be…

Let’s not believe our own hype warns Germany’s Toni Kroos

BERLIN: Defeat by Brazil in Tuesday’s friendly international match highlighted Germany’s need for sharp improvement ahead of the World Cup staged in June, and players would be wise not to believe the hype created around the world champions, midfielder Toni Kroos warned. The Germans, who fielded a second string team, were far from convincing against the five-time world champions, eager to earn back some pride after their 7-1 semi-final loss to Germany in the World Cup four years ago. The hosts showed very little in…

FIFA World Cup: Record-equalling Klose salvages 2-2 draw for Germany

FORTALEZA: Germany striker Miroslav Klose came off the bench to score a record-equalling 15th World Cup goal and salvage a 2-2 draw against Ghana in a pulsating Group G game on Saturday. With his first touch two minutes after coming on, Klose poked home at the back post from a Toni Kroos corner in the 71st minute to move level with former Brazil striker Ronaldo. He becomes only the third man after compatriot Uwe Seeler and Brazil's Pele to score in four World Cups. "Twenty (World Cup) matches and 15 goals is not bad at…