Cruyff praises ‘wonderful’ Kroos

The Dutch legend is impressed with Germany’s World Cup performance so far, and particularly, the form of the Bayern Munich midfielder

Johan Cruyff has praised Germany midfielder Toni Kroos for his performances at the World Cup, commending him for his "nearly perfect" passing and his vision.

Kroos has played in all five of Germany’s matches on their run to the semi-finals, and contributed two assists in Die Mannschaft’s opening Group G victory over Portugal before setting up Mats Hummels for the only goal of their quarter-final against France.

And Cruyff hailed Joachim Low's side ahead of their semi-final with Brazil, but singled out the 24-year-old for his excellent displays.

"Kroos is a wonderful player," he wrote in De Telegraaf. "He’s doing everything right, the pace in his passes is great and he sees everything. It’s nearly perfect.

"I’m impressed by Germany. Their passing, creating space and the way they use the goalkeeper.

"In footballing terms, they are outstanding."

Netherlands are also through to the semi-finals, where they face Lionel Messi’s Argentina, having beaten Costa Rica in a penalty shoot-out in their quarter-final.

The iconic playmaker praised Louis van Gaal for his decision to replace goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen with Tim Krul ahead of the shootout.

"There was only one reason why he brought on Krul,” Cruyff concluded, "I thought it was really fantastic, these are the things I really love."