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It was not an attack on Neuer - Löw endorses Ter Stegen's right to rival Germany number one

It was not an attack on Neuer - Low endorses Ter Stegen's right to rival Germany number one

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Manuel Neuer remains Germany's number one, but coach Joachim Low does not have a problem with Marc-Andre ter Stegen's designs on the role.

Germany coach Joachim Löw has welcomed Marc-Andre ter Stegen's determination to challenge Manuel Neuer for a starting role as the national team's goalkeeper. Bayern Munich star Neuer remains captain and Löw's first-choice shot-stopper, leaving the Barcelona man frustrated at a lack of opportunities to represent his country.

In a recent interview with DAZN, Ter Stegen stressed he is determined to put Neuer under pressure and force his claim to a starting role. And Löw acknowledged the 26-year-old's right to make his feelings known, insisting he did not consider it an attack on his team-mate or coaches.

Good to have two world class keepers

"I think it's absolutely okay what he said," Löw told DAZN. "It was not an attack towards Manuel Neuer or we, the coaches. He formulated his ambitions and he is absolutely right to do that because he became a really great goalkeeper in the last two or three years. We are happy to have two world-class goalkeepers in Germany. I said last year that Neuer is the number one, also because he is our captain. But this year we have a little restart and Marc will get his chances in the qualification for Euro 2020. The Euros are next summer, we have a little time left until then. Of course, there will be a fight [for the number one role]. At the end, the performances always count. Manuel made good performances at the World Cup, although he had a long injury before. Both goalkeepers are on a great level, so this year we'll see what happens. Surely Marc will also get a few games."