Germany will head to Russia this summer looking to become the first team to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1962.

While they have several key players within their squad, midfielder Toni Kroos has established himself as one of the important players under coach Joachim Low.

The 28-year-old makes the game look effortless and he has still got plenty of years left in his legs as he continues to dominate the midfield battles in Europe.

Kroos made a name for himself at Bayern Munich where he made 130 Bundesliga appearances during a seven-year stay.

He won three Bundesliga titles, three DFB-Pokal trophies and the Champions League before moving onto Real Madrid in 2016.

Kroos has already won the La Liga title and the Champions League for a second time but his international honours are not too shabby either.

He was a key part of Germany’s 2014 winning World Cup side and was named in the All-Star team after some fine displays in Brazil.

Kroos was also named Germany’s player of the year in 2014 and he will be confident of helping his side win their fifth World Cup.

Germany are 5.50 to win the competition outright and they are also the favourites to win Group F. Low’s men are 1.33 to top the group ahead of Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.

Germany open their campaign with a clash against Mexico and they are 1.50 to grab all three points. The draw is 4.20, while Mexico are 6.00 to upset the odds in Russia.

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