Marco Reus has ruled himself out of Germany’s Euro 2020 squad in order to focus on recovering from a “very intense” season with Borussia Dortmund.
Reus has been in good form for Dortmund and it was thought that Joachim Low could recall the 31-year-old after having not played for Germany since 2019. However, Reus took to Instagram on Tuesday evening to rule himself out of contention for the upcoming Euro 2020. After Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen pulled out with injury on Monday, Reus is the second high-profile German to drop out before Joachim Low names his Germany squad on Wednesday.
Marco Reus drop out of the upcoming Euros having already missed the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Euro
In a post on Instagram, Marco Reus revealed that he has made the difficult decision to skip the Euros this summer in order to recharge his body ahead of the new season. The Borussia Dortmund captain also said that the decision was made after consultation with Germany head coach Joachim Löw. He added that he will use the break to prepare for the start of the new season with Borussia Dortmund.
Reus posted on Instagram: “After a complicated, exhausting and, in the end, ‘thank God’ successful season, I decided, together with the federal coach(Low), not to go to the European Championships.
“This decision was very difficult for me because I am always full of pride when I am allowed to appear for my country.
“But after a very intense year for me personally and achieving my goals at BVB, I made the decision to give my body time to recover!
“I will make good use of the break in order to be able to start the new season optimally! I wish Jogi and our team all the best for the European Championship and I will cheer as a fan and keep my fingers crossed.”
The Borussia Dortmund captain has been in fine form of late, and his performances have been key to the team’s recent winning run. Reus has scored four goals and provided three assists in his last seven appearances. He was also adjudged the Man Of The Match in the DFB Pokal final against Leipzig as he helped his team to go all the way and win the cup.
Since December, the forward has managed five goals and seven assists under interim coach Edin Terzic. The 31-year-old played an important role in Dortmund’s strong finish to the campaign, where they won their last six games, and notched a goal in their 3-1 win against Mainz on the final day of the season to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Reus only made his return to action after a seven month injury lay-off in September. Still, he has made more appearances than any other Borussia Dortmund player this season. He has played a total of 48 games across all competitions so far this season. So his decision to skip the Euros is certainly an understandable and wise one.
With Reus out, Germany still has a wealth of options up front with Chelsea’s Kai Havertz, plus the Bayern Munich trio of Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry and Thomas Mueller, all in form. Low has shown a tendency to favour youth in his recent international squads and the likes of Florian Wirtz of Bayer Leverkusen, or Bayern Munich teenager Jamal Musiala could come into the picture for upcoming Euros.
On Wednesday, Low is also expected to name both Mueller and defender Mats Hummels, ending the exile of the pair since he told in 2019 that they were no longer part of his plans.