Germany attacker Marco Reus is relishing the prospect of playing in his first major international tournament and has promised to justify his coach's belief in him if called upon in Ukraine and Poland.
Reus, 23, only made his Germany debut last October but after a fine season with Borussia Monchengladbach - which earned him a move back to former club Dortmund - he made it into Joachim Low's European Championship squad.
And after scoring his maiden goal for the national team having come on as a substute in last week's friendly defeat to Switzerland, Reus is hoping to show his worth again during Euro 2012.
“I am really looking forward to the tournament," he said. "It is my first major international tournament and I will definitely do my best to pay back the trust and expectations that our coach puts into me.
"I am very proud to be part of it. It is a great honour and to play for the German team and to compete against the best teams in Europe. I will try my best to support the team, of course preferably on the pitch."
Reus recognises that Germany face what is regarded as the hardest group at the Euros, but is still convinced they have what it takes to win the Henri Delaunay trophy for a fourth time.
“We really have a tough group, but it is our goal to succeed anyway. Our goal is to win the tournament," Reus said.
“Portugal have a great team with an extremely strong individual player: Cristiano Ronaldo. Denmark seem to be the underdogs, but you should never underestimate an underdog, while the match against Holland will be a very special duel as they are our neighbours, which always creates a great atmosphere, and also because they have a strong team."
Germany, who have the youngest squad at the tournament, open their campaign against Portugal on June 9.© PA