Germany v Scotland: Reus says World Cup winners must improve

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland's senior football reporter in Germany
Marco Reus
Marco Reus returned to the national side in the 4-2 friendly defeat by Argentina
Germany v Scotland, Euro 2016 Qualifying
Venue: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund. Date: Sunday, 7 September. Kick-off: 19:45 BST.
Coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and live commentary on BBC Radio Scotland.

Marco Reus says Germany must be "much better" than they were against Argentina if they are to avoid a shock against Scotland in their Euro 2016 Group D qualifier on Sunday.

The World Cup winners lost 4-2 to Argentina in a friendly on Wednesday.

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"Scotland have not lost for six games and are a strong team with a fighting spirit," said the forward.

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

The Borussia Dortmund star is back in the national side after missing the World Cup through injury and played the full game as Germany crashed to an emphatic defeat in Dusseldorf - their first match since becoming world champions.

Scotland go into the match having won four and drawn two of their last six internationals.

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng will return to Germany's line-up

"We need to be more effective in front of goal," Reus added.

"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."

Joachim Low's side were woeful in defence against Argentina but Jerome Boateng is back in time for Sunday's clash, assistant boss Andreas Kopke revealed.

"These last two days will show what changes or if any there will be in defence," Kopke told Reuters.

"Jerome will return and some things will change but who will be on the left or on the right is something I cannot say just now."

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