WC QUALIFIERS

We want to give Loew fitting send off, says Germany's Neuer

Germany want to treat their departing coach Joachim Loew to a triumphant farewell when he steps down after Euro 2020, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said on Tuesday ahead of their opening 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

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Germany want to treat their departing coach Joachim Loew to a triumphant farewell when he steps down after Euro 2020, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said on Tuesday ahead of their opening 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

The Germans host Iceland on Thursday and visit Romania on Sunday before a home game against North Macedonia on March 31 and Neuer said only a perfect start to the campaign would do.

"We all have to push ourselves, and that includes the players and staff," the Bayern Munich keeper told a news conference ahead of a national team training session.

"We are looking forward to the next three games and the Euros this year. We have plenty to look forward to and we want to do our jobs as successfully as possible."

A 6-0 defeat by Spain in the Nations League in November piled pressure on the current longest-serving coach in international football, but Neuer believes 61-year old Loew deserved a red-carpet exit from the job.

"I think that he has earned the right to go out on a high," said Neuer. "I’ve been here since 2009. Soon I’ll be 35 years old and I have gone through plenty of ups and downs with him."