Goalless for Schalke, forward Mark Uth called up by Germany

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              Schalke's forward Mark Uth, centre, controls the ball during the Champions League Group D soccer match between Lokomotiv Moscow and FC Schalke 04 at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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BERLIN (AP) — Despite being goalless for Schalke, Mark Uth was called up by Germany for the first time for the upcoming UEFA Nations League games in the Netherlands and France.

Uth hasn’t scored for Schalke since joining from Hoffenheim in the offseason, but the 27-year-old striker scored 17 goals and set up nine more in 38 games for his former club last season.

“We’ve been keeping an eye on Mark Uth for some time,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said Friday. “He’s dynamic, quick and he always looks dangerous in front of goal. Now we want to get to know him better.”

Germany plays the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Oct. 13 and World Cup champion France in Paris three days later. The Germans drew 0-0 with France in their Nations League opener in Munich four weeks ago.

“We have two important games that we’re taking very seriously ahead of us,” Loew said. “The results will be indicative of performances in our Nations League group.”

Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, Schalke defender Sebastian Rudy and Cologne defender Jonas Hector are back in the squad, while Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Freiburg forward Nils Petersen are out with injuries.