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Neuer & Ter Stegen to share Germany goalkeeping duties

Manuel Neuer, Germany, Marc Andre ter Stegen
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Joachim Low has announced that he will select both goalkeepers Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre ter Stegen for Germany during this month’s international break.

Low’s reluctance to hand over Neuer’s No.1 jersey to Ter Stegen has received backlash in Germany recently given the latter’s fine form for Barcelona.

Not helping Neuer’s case, of course, is his patchy run of form ever since returning from a serious injury. Nonetheless, Low has stubbornly stuck with the Bayern Munich keeper as his first-choice.

But it appears the Die Mannschaft coach is finally ready to give Ter Stegen a chance in the team.

The 27-year-old, who has a total of 22 caps to his name, will start in goal for a friendly with Argentina on October 9. However, Low will turn to Neuer for the all-important Euro 2020 qualifier against Estonia four days later.

“We can all be very happy that we have two world-class goalkeepers in Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre ter Stegen,” Low told reporters in a press conference.

“I have no concerns at all, especially as we also have the likes of Kevin Trapp and Bernd Leno.

“I have spoken with [goalkeeping coach] ‘Andy’ Kopke, and we agreed that Ter Stegen will play against Argentina and Manuel Neuer against Estonia. We discussed that with the players too.”

Meanwhile, Low has handed Bayer Leverkusen’s Nadiem Amiri a first call-up to the senior team.

The 22-year-old midfielder was a member of the U-21 Germany team that finished runners-up to winners Spain in the European Championship during the summer.

Although Leroy Sane, Julian Draxler, Leon Goretzka, Nico Schulz, Antonio Rudiger and Kevin Trapp are all unavailable for Germany.

Joachim Low, Germany
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MARCH 23: Joachim Loew, Manager of Germany speaks to the media during a press conference ahead of their UEFA European Championship Qualifier match against the Netherlands at Johan Cruyff Arena on March 23, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)