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Birthday boy Kroos

Training and toil on Toni’s special day

Toni Kroos is 22 today, but there was no chorus of Happy Birthday, neither was he excused training. He did receive heartfelt best wishes from all his team-mates, but a training camp is hardly the ideal place to observe a birthday, as the focus is on work rather than play. However, the player has no issue with the situation, as he revealed to “I’m accustomed to it and I can live with it."

As it happened, Kroos was spared a punishing training session on his special day last year, as injury prevented him joining the squad in Qatar. “I deliberately picked up a knock so I could stay at home and celebrate," the Germany international quipped. There is one big advantage this year: compared to the freezing cold in Munich, Toni spent his anniversary in Doha in summer clothes with the temperature a little over 20 degrees Celsius.