Reus left out of Germany's squad on his birthday

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Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus has been left out of Germany's final squad for UEFA EURO 2016.

In what was acknowledged by Germany manager Joachim Low as a difficult decision, the Borussia Dortmund star was omitted due to concerns over his fitness. 

Reus was given the news on the day of his birthday, ruling him out of a second major tournament due to niggling injury concerns. The 27 year-old also missed Germany's winning 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign with persistent injury concerns. 

Reus's snub came on the same day it was announced veteran Manchester United midfielder Bstian Schweinsteiger, who hasn't played since injuring his knee in March, will travel to France for the tournament. 

"He's obviously really disappointed," Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes said of Reus. "Things like that hurt a lot. It is an unbelievably difficult decision for him and also for us as his team-mates. However, I hope that Marco can turn his emotions into a positive energy."

Germany squad:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Emre Can (Liverpool), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Antonio Ruediger (Roma)

Midfielders: Julian Draxler (VfL Wolfsburg), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray), Andre Schurrle (VfL Wolfsburg), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund).

Forwards: Mario Gomez (Besiktas), Mario Goetze (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Schalke 04)