Nobody is expecting Max Kruse to really become an angel, but seeing him in the white of Germany doesn’t seem that daft any more
Perhaps, in years to come, it will be looked upon as one of the anomalies in the history of collectible football toys. When the DfB commissioned Lego figures of Germany’s Euro 2016 squad, the list was compiled months before Jogi Löw made his final choices. So alongside Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller and Mario Götze was a figure of the injured Marco Reus, for example.
There is also one in the collection that sticks out if you look at Lego’s squad today, or if you’re browsing for spares on eBay – that of No23, one Max Kruse. Dropped by Löw last March following a string of off-field controversies including (but not limited to) leaving €75,000 in cash in the back of a taxi after a poker tournament, nightclub rows and his then-coach Dieter Hecking chiding him for excessive Nutella consumption, it seems astonishing that Kruse was ever in the mix to go to France.
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