Toni Kroos aims to prove Germany’s doubters wrong in its Euro 2020 opener against world champion France on Tuesday. Germany has its work cut out in Group F at the European Championship with holder Portugal and Hungary to come after the mouth-watering tie against the French in Munich.

Kroos has bounced back after testing positive for Covid-19 last month and played in Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of Latvia on Monday in its final friendly warm-up.

Yet the Germans have struggled to recover from the humiliation of crashing out of the group stages at the 2018 World Cup and Kroos knows the team has a point to prove.

“We don’t have to hide against France. Both squads are strong,” Kroos said on Friday at the German base in Bavaria. “Before the 2018 (World Cup) tournament, we were made out to be stronger than we were, now it’s different.”

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