Kroos: I deserve Germany starting spot

The versatile midfielder feels he has done enough to be regarded as a regular for the Euro 2008 finalist and will do his utmost to convince Joachim Low of his importance.
Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos is confident that he will be part of the Germany starting XI at next year's World Cup following his fine performances for the national team.

The 23-year-old impressed in the Nationalelf's 3-0 qualification win over Republic of Ireland last week and he feels he has done enough to be regarded as a regular starter for the side in the future.

"The national team coach knows what to expect from me. I will do my utmost to make sure it will be a hard decision for the coach to bench me," Kroos told Bild. "It's only up to me whether I play or not. I want to put in the best performance possible whenever I play.

"It's not important to me how others feel about my performances. What matters to me is how the coach rates me. I have a good relationship with the coach and he values me."

Kroos has made 38 international appearances so far, scoring five goals in the process.

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