By Sebastian Heier
Borussia Monchengladbach attacker Marco Reus has admitted that his first start for Germany did not go entirely as planned, but insists that Joachim Low's side are in good shape heading into Euro 2012.
An under-strength Germany suffered a 2-1 defeat to France in Bremen in Wednesday's international friendly, during which Reus played the first 70 minutes. And speaking exclusively with Goal.com after the game, the Dortmund native conceded that he has some work to do in order to prove his value to Low.
"For my first start I had envisioned something different," he said. "Now I have to put my foot on the gas and offer my best to the coach."
Reus admitted disappointment with the loss to les Bleus, which came with just two friendlies remaining before Euro 2012 kicks off, but asserted that Germany are in good standing.
"We wanted to win the game against France, of course, that was our goal. It was almost the last game before the summer," he explained.
"Of course, we then have a training camp and just before the Euro starts a couple of games. I think overall we are on the right track.
"We now must continue to work well and just step on the gas."
When asked about his ambitions with the national team, Reus insisted that he is no longer focussing on Germany, but rather his upcoming club match against Nurnberg on Sunday.
"I am now concentrating only on Borussia Monchengladbach," he said. "The rest I cannot affect for now."
Gladbach visit the Frankenstadion on Sunday, with kick-off scheduled for 15.30CET.