Kroos: I deserve to start for Germany

The versatile midfielder is of the opinion he is good enough to start for the national team after impressing so far this season.
Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos feels that he has done enough to earn a starting berth with Germany following his good performances in the opening weeks of the 2012-13 campaign.

The 22-year-old started Friday's 6-1 World Cup qualification win over Republic of Ireland from the bench, but impressed after coming on at halftime as he netted twice, and Kroos now feels the time has come to start him.

"Obviously you're disappointed when you've made such a good start to the season [at club level], but don't start [for the national side]," Kroos was quoted as saying on the official Bayern website. "Those who know me are well aware that I have confidence in myself, and it's my opinion that I ought to be playing somewhere.

"But it's not something I can influence. Naturally, we have tremendous quality and many options, especially in midfield. I've arrived in very good form, and I went out and confirmed it [against Ireland], no more and no less."

Germany locks horns with Sweden in Berlin on Tuesday as it looks to maintain its 100 percent record.

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