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Löw hints Neuer will remain Germany's first-choice keeper

Löw hints Neuer will remain Germany's first-choice keeper

The Bayern Munich stopper looks set to remain as Germany's number one but Joachim Löw says Marc-Andre ter Stegen will get his chance.

Joachim Löw has hinted Manuel Neuer will remain his first-choice goalkeeper at the start of Germany's Euro 2020 qualification campaign ahead of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Neuer started against Serbia in Wednesday's 1-1 friendly draw, suggesting the Bayern Munich goalkeeper is still in front of his rival for the role.

Barcelona's Ter Stegen replaced Neuer at half-time but had very little to do, Germany improving in the second half as they fought back to avoid defeat on home soil.

Germany's qualifying campaign begins on Sunday with a trip to face Netherlands, and Neuer looks set to keep his place in Low's XI.

"You can assume that," Löw told reporters when asked if Neuer's selection on Wednesday was an indication of him also doing so on Sunday.

"At the end of last week or in the past, I've already said that Marc-Andre will definitely have some chances. That's my plan.

"Now we have just made one game, in this one he has played a half. That was our decision, that Manuel plays as captain in the first half.

"In the second half then Marc-Andre played, but we still have some games during the year and he will certainly get his opportunity."

Neuer and Ter Stegen relationship strained

The two keepers crossed paths at half time as Ter Stegen was warming up and barely met each other's gaze, with the Barça keeper's recent public comments about his place in the Germany pecking order apparently not going down well with his compatriot.