Toni Kroos set for Real Madrid move after World Cup - Beckenbauer

Toni Kroos… Must. Not. Make. 'Kroos Control' pun. Must. Not.

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Straight from Der Kaiser himself, the news that Germany's exemplary midfielder (and Golden Ball nominee) Toni Kroos has his heart set on a move from Bayern to Real Madrid this summer.

Kroos, who snubbed a move to Manchester United, is having a wonderful World Cup and has surely seen his value soar since Germany kicked off its campaign with a big win over Portugal.

World Cup Golden Ball nominees announced: Messi and Neymar on shortlist

Neymar exited the World Cup in cruel fashion but may yet win the Golden Ball.

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Adidas have announced the ten-player shortlist for the Golden Ball award at the World Cup. The nominees are:

Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Neymar (Brazil)
Toni Kroos (Germany)
Arjen Robben (Holland)
Angel Di Maria (Argentina)
Phillipp Lahm (Germany)
Thomas Mueller (Germany)
Javier Macherano (Argentina)
Mats Hummels (Germany)
James Rodriguez (Colombia)

Watch Brazil vs Holland World Cup third-place playoff live on ITV

Can Brazil restore some pride after the semi-final nightmare in Belo Horizonte?

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Matt Smith is joined by Martin O'Neill, Glenn Hoddle and Ian Wright for live coverage of the World Cup play-off for third place from the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia.

Hosts Brazil are still reeling from their shock 7-1 semi-final drubbing by Germany. Now, Luiz Felipe Scolari's team will be expected to restore some national pride in their final match of the tournament. For their part, Holland need to overcome the disappointment of an agonising semi-final defeaton penalties by Argentina.

Van Gaal reopens war of words with Scolari

Holland coach Louis van Gaal remains convinced the World Cup was set up to favour hosts Brazil and says he would have preferred to have lost 7-1 than suffer penalty heartbreak in the semi-final.

Louis van Gaal said he is now happy to play the third-place play-off because he wants Holland to finish the tournament "unbeaten".

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