The German national football team will definitely have to start without Captain Manuel Neuer in the World Cup year. As expected, FC Bayern München’s goalkeeper, who has been injured for half a year, will not be fit for the internationals at the end of March against Spain and Brazil after a further metatarsal break.
This confirmed Joachim Löw’s assistant coach Thomas Schneider on Wednesday in Sochi the “German Press Agency”. “The games are in less than four weeks, that will not work,” said Schneider after completing a workshop for the 32 participating World Cup nations.
Schneider met 31-year-old Neuer last weekend. “He told me it looks good on him.” Nevertheless, Neuer must first come back into a training rhythm and then deny some games in clubs. “That would be far too early and misplaced to build up a pressure here,” said Schneider with regard to the internationals on March 23 in Dusseldorf against Spain and four days later in Berlin against record world champion Brazil.
Ter Stegen embodies “absolute world class”
For the beginning of the World Cup finals on 14 June in Russia, the coaching team to coach Loewe but still confident. New is a goalkeeper, who can get back to a very good level relatively quickly after the entry into the team training, Schneider said: “If Manu is fit, he is the best goalkeeper in the world.”
On the position in the gate Schneider sees no problems for the national team altogether. Especially since Marc-André ter Stegen, the Neuer currently replaced as the number 1, have developed excellent. “Marc has played a sensational Confed Cup and in the past few months has made another great debut at FC Barcelona, making terrific good games, and he has also established himself in the national team and has been super-stabilized.