Toni Kroos has criticised criticism of Germany’s Euro 2020 team from some fans who are still unhappy with the team’s performances despite the fact that they have advanced to the knockout stages, where they will meet England in the last 16.
Germany finished second in Group F, behind world champions France and holders Portugal, after a tense 2-2 tie with Hungary on Wednesday.
Kroos considers qualifying from such a difficult group to be an accomplishment, paving the way for a match against England at Wembley on Tuesday.
“We are happy to have progressed in this group, which not everyone thought we would,” Kroos said on his podcast ‘Einfach mal Luppen’ (Just lob it).
He is baffled by criticism of Germany’s team for drawing with Hungary four days after hammering Portugal 4-2 to cement their status as championship contenders. He likened fans’ erratic reactions to results to “little flags fluttering in the wind.”
“After the win over Portugal, you’d have thought we were European champions, now it’s like we don’t deserve to go further.”
Germany came back from a goal down twice against Hungary, and was only six minutes away from elimination when Leon Goretzka equalized.
“We didn’t put in a very confident performance,” Kroos admitted. “We don’t have to fool ourselves. It was close.”
Nonetheless, he believes Germany deserves to meet England in the quarterfinals, and he sent a stern message to the team’s skeptics.
“We’re in the last 16 – whether you like it or not.”
Kroos is looking forward to facing England, as Germany has won each of their last four matches in major event final stages.
“We know the stadium, the opponent, the history. There are many reasons to look forward to it,” said Kroos, who “firmly” expects the Germans to advance.