Reus handed German call-up

Borussia Monchengladbach star given German place

Last Updated: 12/05/11 9:33pm

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Borussia Monchengladbach ace Marco Reus has been called up to the Germany squad for the first time.

German coach Joachim Low has named a 23-man party ahead of a friendly with Uruguay and their Euro 2012 qualifiers in June.

Captain Michael Ballack was again missing as Low recalled midfielder Simon Rolfes for the three games.

"Michael is not nominated for the coming three games. The decision was discussed with him. We had been in constant contact and we had a meeting in late March as well," Low said in a statement.

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Twenty-one-year-old Reus has scored 10 times this season helping to give relegation-threatened Borussia Monchengladbach a chance of holding on to their Bundesliga status.

"Marco has had an interesting development and good prospects," said Low.

"He deserved a call-up after playing very well in the past weeks and being very dangerous up front."

Low decided not to call up central defender Per Mertesacker to give him time to recover from minor injuries and must cope without defender Jerome Boateng who is still injured.

Germany host Uruguay on 29th May - a rematch of their 2010 World Cup third-place play-off - before travelling to Austria and Azerbaijan for their Euro qualifiers on 3rd and 7th June.

Germany top Group A with 15 points from five games, ahead of Belgium who have 10 having played a game more, and Turkey with nine in the battle to reach the finals in Poland and Ukraine.

Squad in full:

Manuel Neuer (Schalke), Rene Adler (Bayer Leverkusen), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Holger Badstuber

(Bayern Munich), Arne Friedrich (Wolfsburg), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund), Dennis Aogo (Hamburg), Christian Traesch (Stuttgart), Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Mario Goetze (Borussia Dortmund), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid), Lukas Podolski (Cologne), Marco Reus (Borussia Monchengladbach), Simon Rolfes (Bayer Leverkusen), Andre Schuerrle (Mainz), Mario Gomez, Miroslav Klose (both Bayern Munich)

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