Reus gets Germany call, Ballack again unlucky
Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Marco Reus is the only new face in the Germany squad named by coach Joachim Low for three upcoming international matches. Germany face Uruguay in a friendly match in Hoffenheim at the end of the month before travelling to Vienna to face Austria and to Baku to play Azerbaijan in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers in the first week of June.
Reus is one of 23 players in Low's squad and the list also includes Simon Rolfes, returning after a long injury absence. However, there is still no room for the national team captain Michael Ballack.
"Michael has not been nominated for the next three internationals and I have informed him of my decision," said Low. "We have been in touch for the last few weeks and we met at the end of March also."
Reus makes the step up to the senior national team after impressing in Monchengladbach's recent battle against relegation. "Marco has developed interestingly and he has good prospects," said Low.
"He has been playing really well in the Bundesliga in recent weeks and has been incredibly dangerous in front of goal. He has deserved to be called up."
So too has Rolfes, who was a key player for Low before he damaged knee ligaments last year to miss most of the season. He will be looking to add to the 21 caps he has earned so far.
"Now the time has come for Simon to be given another chance after his long injury absence," said Low. "We had never written him off. He has worked hard on himself this year and has often been in a good condition."
The Germany squad will gather in Frankfurt on 27 May to prepare for the Uruguay match two days later. They will then fly to Austria for what could prove to be a decisive EURO 2012 qualifier on June 3 before travelling to face Azerbaijan on 7 June.
Goalkeepers: Rene Adler (Bayer Leverkusen), Manuel Neuer (Schalke), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen);
Defendres: Dennis Aogo (Hamburg), Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm (both Bayern Munich), Arne Friedrich (Wolfsburg), Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer (both Borussia Dortmund), Christian Trasch (Stuttgart);
Midfielders: Sven Bender, Mario Gotze (both Borussia Dortmund), Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil (both Real Madrid), Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Bastian Schweinsteiger (all Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Monchengladbach), Simon Rolfes (Bayer Leverkusen), Andre Schurrle (Mainz);
Forwards: Lukas Podolski (Cologne), Mario Gomez, Miroslav Klose (both Bayern Munich)