Why is Ter Stegen not in Germany squad?
Germany is one of the big favorites to win Euro 2020 due to their strong squad and experience, but this time they won’t be able to call upon Ter Stegen.
Germany’s Marc-André ter Stegen is one of the most important FC Barcelona players, being labelled as an 'untouchable' member of the Catalan squad.
Over the years at the blaugrana club he has proved himself to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world with his performances in LaLiga and the Champions League. However, in the German national team he has been frequently used by Joachim Low as an understudy to captain Manuel Neuer.
The reason why Ter Stegen is not playing for Germany at Euro 2020
Ter Stegen won’t feature at Euro 2020 due to injury. FC Barcelona announced in May that the goalkeeper would be undergoing surgery on a knee problem that would rule him out for the remainder of the campaign: “The first team player Marc ter Stegen will undergo a therapeutic procedure on the patellar tendon in his right knee.”
Ter Stegen confirmed that he wouldn’t be able to represent Die Mannschaft in Euro 2020 before undergoing surgery in Malmö, Sweden, right after the club’s announcement.
“I have decided together with the medical team of the club that I will do a complementary intervention on my knee,” the goalkeeper wrote on his Instagram account a day after he played in Barcelona’s 2-1 loss to Celta Vigo, which ended the team’s chances of winning the Spanish league.
“I’m sad that I will miss the Euro 2020 this summer with Germany. For the first time in many years I will be a fan at home supporting my country, I hope we win it!”, he added.
Ter Stegen, who has made close to 300 appearances for Barcelona, has played 25 games for Germany since 2012, mostly friendlies. His last game was a surprise 2-1 loss to North Macedonia in March in World Cup qualifying.
The Germany squad will have 26 men, consisting of three goalkeepers (Manuel Neuer, Bernd Leno, Kevin Trapp), nine defenders and 14 midfielders and attacking players, with eight of these being from Bayern Munich.
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