Miroslav Klose and Holger Badstuber have hailed the impact Marco Reus following his impressive display in Germany's Euro 2012 quarterfinal victory on Friday night.
Reus, who has signed with his boyhood club Borussia Dortmund from Borussia Monchengladbach in a 17.5 million euro deal, scored Germany's final goal in the convincing 4-2 victory over Greece. When interviewed after the game, Bayern Munich center back Badstuber praised the 23-year-old attacker, who was making his competitive debut for die Mannschaft.
"He [Reus] is a superb footballer. He got his chance tonight and he proved himself," Badstuber told reporters. "He is a great guy and I am happy that he rewarded himself with a goal.
He also cited the influence of Real Madrid midfield pairing Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira.
"They [Ozil and Khedira] are very important for us, obviously. They play in a central position," Badstuber said. "Sami, as a defensive player, is very important. Ozil sacrifices himself for the team. There are moments where he is a genius. [On Friday] he only forgot to reward himself by scoring a goal.“
Badstuber also revealed why he hopes to play the Three Lions in the semifinal.
"[I would] Rather England. Why? They suit us better."
Klose also hailed the influence of Reus, claiming Reus proved Germany's ability to diversify depending on opponents.
"Absolutely. And that is what we need," Klose said. "Just take a look at Marco, who came in today and played outstandingly."
And the Lazio man admitted he was glad to be back in the starting lineup.
"It was nice [to start the game]. I was happy and I tried to have a good match and help the team as much as I could," he concluded.