Toni Kroos names two Madrid players he'd want in Germany squad - no Ronaldo

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Toni Kroos is in a very envious position when it comes to where, and with whom, he plays his football.

A member of the reigning World Cup champions at international level, the German midfielder can list the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema - amongst many others - as club teammates.

But, if push came to shove, which of his fellow Real Madrid stars would Kroos want to have alongside him for Germany?

That was the question posed by German football magazine Kicker recently and the two names given by Kroos may leave more than a few Los Blancos fans surprised. 

Mainly because a certain Cristiano Ronaldo didn't make the cut.

"Good question. One? Can I have two? Then they are Luka Modrić and Gareth Bale," Kroos explained, via 101 Great Goals.

His reasoning?

"Playing with Luka is incredibly fun. From the very first day, we’ve got a great understanding of two similar thinking but differently playing types. 

"Gareth is with his speed, his left foot and his heading ability is a super weapon."

Now, given the quality of Zinedine Zidane's squad, there were always going to be a few big names snubbed by Kroos here.

However, you'd think given his stature within the club and the numerous Ballon d'Or's on his mantlepiece, Ronaldo would have been the first name on the list.

No Ronaldo

Perhaps, though, the Germany international's decision to include Bale as the attacking pick is a sign that Ronaldo's Welsh teammate is on his way to surpassing the Portugal veteran in reputation.

Given CR7's recent form, however, Kroos might want to rethink his answer. 

Although he is now 31-years-old, Ronaldo has had the perfect response to critics claiming he was past his best over the last few weeks.

His hattrick secured a vital win over cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid earlier this month and, on Saturday, he added another two goals to his La Liga tally against Sporting Gijon.

In truth, either Bale or Ronaldo would be certain starts for Germany if the hypothetical situation were to play out.

Joachim Low's side is blessed with a huge amount of talent across the board. However, as shown at Euro 2016, the one position where they are lacking a true world-class talent is up front. 

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