Injured Neuer Remains Germany’s First Choice ‘Keeper, Says Coach

Despite not playing an international match since their catastrophic 2022 World Cup campaign, Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann reiterated on Friday that Manuel Neuer remained the team’s number one goalkeeper for Euro 2024.

“The decision has been made,” Nagelsmann said when asked if the injury-plagued Bayern Munich goalkeeper had prompted a rethink ahead of this summer’s European Championships, which Germany will host.

Nagelsmann has already notified Neuer and his deputy, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, of his choice.

Ter Stegen, Barcelona’s goalkeeper, will start Saturday’s friendly against France in Lyon after Neuer, 37, suffered a leg injury in training.

“Neuer got injured, but it’s just a small tear. He won’t be away from the sport for eight months. It will be just 10 days and then he’ll have the possibility of returning,” added the coach.

“We are lucky to have a second goalkeeper of exceptional quality who will be able to play two matches (on Saturday and against the Netherlands on Tuesday).”

Neuer, who has 117 caps and was part of the 2014 World Cup winning team, last played for Germany at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar where the team was knocked out in the group stages.

He then broke his leg shortly after and missed almost a year of football.

Ter Stegen, 31, has 38 caps and recently celebrated his 400th appearance for Barcelona. He has been the starting keeper for Germany since the start of 2023.

 

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