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Joachim Löw won’t bench Toni Kroos any time soon

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Despite three standout performances in the midfield, it appears that Joachim Löw is content to bring back Toni Kroos as soon as possible.

Germany v Sweden: Group F - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

When Toni Kroos left Germany’s camp with an adductor injury, it opened the door for Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka to start together with Manchester City’s İlkay Gündoğan.

The trio turned in an exceptional performance across the board and were the primary reasons why Germany was able to look so dominant in its 3-0 drubbing of Iceland in FIFA World Cup Group J qualifying action.

When quizzed after the game if the performance from Kimmich, Goretzka, and Gündoğan might give Germany manager Joachim Löw a reason to send Kroos to the bench.

Löw, of course, did not respond well to that line of questioning — as captured in a tweet below from Sport1 reporter Florian Plettenberg:

Löw might not want to admit it, but Kroos — while still an absolute legendary player — might not necessarily be the best fit for Germany’s midfield any more. Kimmich and Goretzka look to be the next generation edition of the midfield for Germany and should Löw not realize that quick enough, it could cost him his last opportunity to win the UEFA European Championships this summer.