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Boateng dropped, Reus recalled for Germany's matches

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15:20 10-11-2018
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Central defender Jerome Boateng was surprisingly left out of Germany coach Joachim Loew's squad for this month's international matches against Russia and Netherlands but winger Marco Reus was included on Friday, Euronews reports.

Germany face Russia in a friendly on Nov. 15 before taking on Netherlands four days later as they battle to avoid relegation in the new Nations League competition.

"I talked with Jerome. I am convinced he will benefit from a break," Loew said on the German football association (DFB) website.

"I told him that we have a lot of alternatives for his position, especially with young players. Obviously they still need to prove they can reach Jerome's level."

Boateng's surprise exclusion raised eyebrows at his club Bayern Munich, with coach Niko Kovac calling it a "novelty".

"That's a novelty," he said. "But that does not mean that he will not be there again in the future. I do not see it as the end of Jerome's national team career."

The 30-year-old Boateng has played almost a decade for Germany, earning 76 caps and winning the 2014 World Cup.