Low downplays Kroos frustration

Germany manager Joachim Low was not keen to discuss Toni Kroos' lack of playing time at Euro 2012.

Football News: Germany

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Almost always in Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes' starting 11, Kroos has found himself in unfamiliar territory since joining up with the German squad for Euro 2012. With Real Madrid duo Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil, as well as club team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger preferred ahead of him in central midfield, Kroos has started all of Germany's group fixtures on the bench. 

The midfielder recently revealed his frustration at his lack of playing time, as he believes his performances for Bayern this season are good enough to warrant him a place in the first eleven for his country. 

Although Low seemed understanding of Kroos' desire, he pointed out that several other regular club starters were alongside Kroos on the German bench.

"He said that he is unhappy to not be playing. To me, this is perfectly normal. I would not want to magnify that, I am not oversensitive," Low said to Ruhr Nachrichten.

"For a player of his calibre to be unhappy with the situation is clear. This also holds for the likes of Marco Reus, Andre Schurrle, Per Mertesacker and Miroslav Klose, who are all stalwarts in their respective clubs."

The manager also revealed that the squad have been supportive of his selection so far, and he has called on the substitutes to be patient.

"They all behave correctly. I see a real desire to play. We have a great bench," Low stated.

"There will be situations when we will have to make headway. Then, we will be in need of everyone."



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