International

Ter Stegen set to start in goals for Germany in place of Neuer

The Barcelona shot-stopper will step in in place of Manuel Neuer with the Bayern Munich 'keeper ruled out with a virus.

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Ter Stegen of Germany

Marc-Andre ter Stegen will replace Germany captain Manuel Neuer for Friday's 2018 World Cup qualifier at San Marino with Ilkay Gundogan to make his first international start for a year.

Barcelona's goalkeeper Ter Stegen steps in with Neuer ruled out of the world champion's qualifier against the tiny microstate because of a virus, and he will also sit out Tuesday's friendly against Italy in Milan.

Ter Stegen takes a break from training with Barcelona

"I believe Marc-Andre ter Stegen will play tomorrow and (Bayer Leverkusen's) Bernd Leno will play against Italy," said Loew in Thursday's press conference.

"Gundogan and Gomez will also start, as for the rest I have to see in training."

Other team news

Juventus' defensive midfielder Sami Khedira is expected to captain Germany against San Marino.

Gundogan, who has been in impressive form for the Citizens, and Wolfsburg striker Mario Gomez will both start the qualifier, head coach Joachim Loew has confirmed.