Marco Reus calls for German improvement

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Germany star Marco Reus has called on the rest of the squad to raise their level of performance when they take on Scotland in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday.

The World Cup winners lost their first outing since claiming the trophy on Wednesday as they fell to a defeat by beaten finalists Argentina.

The South American side were out for revenge after losing 1-0 in the Maracana this summer and, courtesy of goals from Sergio Aguero, Erik Lamela, Federico Fernandez and Angel Di Maria, they claimed a 4-2 victory in Dusseldorf.

Reus has urged his team-mates to put the loss behind them as they look to get back to winning ways in their first competitive fixture since Brazil.

The Borussia Dortmund man believes it would be wrong to underestimate Scotland, who have been much improved since Gordon Strachan took charge.

Reus said: “Scotland have not lost for six games and are a strong team with a fighting spirit.

“They close down spaces quickly and so we will need patience and to be much better than against Argentina.”

The 25-year-old was absent from the World Cup after picking up an injury just prior to the tournament, but he is fully fit once again and hoping to help the national side progress through to the European Championships in France in 2016.

He added: “We need to be more effective in front of goal.

“Scotland are strong, they have a leader in Darren Fletcher, they are very quick in attack. What is needed from us is patience and we are fully aware of that.”

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