National coach Joachim Löw is planning according to a report by the picture-Zeitung, Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the World Cup qualifier against North Macedonia (Wed., 8.45 p.m. in the live ticker) for captain Manuel Neuer between the posts.
Accordingly, Löw Neuer wants to give a break and let Ter Stegen, regular goalkeeper at FC Barcelona, play. Neuer could even travel to Munich early.
Ter Stegen played his last international game in November 2019 in a 6-1 win over Northern Ireland. The 28-year-old then fell out for a long time due to a knee operation and was therefore not available for the national team. In the meantime he was represented by Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp as substitute goalkeepers.
On Sunday against Romania (8.45 p.m. in the live ticker), Neuer should still be in goal. The captain is facing his 98th international appearance in Bucharest. Even before the EM in the summer, Neuer could become the first DFB goalkeeper to reach 100 international matches.
“He’s turned 35, he’s had an incredible career so far. I’ve been with him since 2009, when he was with the national team for the first time and made it to the top of the world with the 2010 tournament,” said coach Löw about the long-running DFB . “He can play at this level for a few more years.”