With Germany’s strength in depth in the attacking midfield positions, Kroos is likely to be fielded in a deeper role.
His first campaign under Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich was arguably a slight disappointment, but for Germany he can step up and lead this side.
Bastian Schweinsteiger has never completely comfortable dictating play and providing physicality. And with Ilkay Gundogan, Sven and Lars Bender out and Sami Khedira not 100 percent fit, Kroos is required for his physicality in addition to his creativity.
Imposing in possession and intelligent in a positional sense, it might be the more functional version of Kroos we see at the World Cup, but Germany have enough silky playmakers to justify this.