Marco Reus eager to fill Mesut Ozil void


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Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus has targeted the number 10 role for Germany following Mesut Ozil’s international retirement.

Injuries have impacted Reus’ career – particularly at international level – in recent years but he has been in fine form for BVB under new manager Lucien Favre, having managed 11 goals and eight assists in 17 matches so far.

When asked if he could take on Ozil’s former role for Germany, he said: “It always depends which system the national team favours.

But sure: If [Germany coach Joachim Low] plays me as a 10, I could very well imagine that and I’d try to fill in that position the best way possible.”

He added: “A modern attacker must be flexible. I can also play on all other positions. But it’s clear an attacking player blossoms if he can play in his favourite position.

“I especially like that central position. I get the feeling that I am part of the match all the time, and I am always involved in direct duels.”

The 29-year-old made his Germany debut in 2011 but missed their World Cup success four years ago due to injury, and Reus feels the European Championships in two years time could be his last shot at an international trophy.

“I want to stay healthy,” the Dortmund star said.

“I want to play a good qualifying campaign and a super European Championship. I have set my sights on that tournament. I’ll be 33 years and six months by the time of the Qatar World Cup.”

Germany are 6.50 to win Euro 2020 outright and Dortmund are available at 1.95 to win the Bundesliga outright.

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