Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer expressed his disapproval of Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s decision to publicly express his frustration over lack of minutes with the national side.
Ter Stegen enjoyed a brilliant season with the Spanish giants but Germany manager Joachim Low’s trust in the Bayern keeper has been unwavering.
Neuer praised his countryman but maintained that the goalkeepers must stick together in a big team.
“I think he’s a good keeper and he is performing well, but I’m not sure if that helps us,” Neuer told Sky in relation to Ter Stegen’s complaints.
“We are a team and should present ourselves as such.
Neuer: "We have great goalkeepers. We have Kevin Trapp, Bernd Leno, these are all great goalkeepers who also want to play and then sit on the bench. We are a team. We have to stick together. The goalkeepers also have to stick together" pic.twitter.com/y5Ftwxdqy9— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) September 14, 2019
“We have great goalkeepers. We have Kevin Trapp, Bernd Leno… these are all great goalkeepers who also want to play and then sit on the bench.
“We are a team. We have to stick together. The goalkeepers also have to stick together.”
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has expressed his frustration about being overlooked for a starter’s role with Germany.
The 27-year-old had a great 2018/19 season with the Blaugrana and earned himself a podium finish in the FIFA The Best awards alongside Brazilians Ederson and Alisson. However, 33-year-old Manuel Neuer is always preferred over him by Germany boss Joachim Low.
The Bayern Munich custodian let four goals in during Germany’s defeat to the Netherlands this month, but kept a clean-sheet against Northern Ireland.
Ter Stegen admitted that staying on the bench despite his best efforts has been frustrating.
“It is not easy to find an explanation as I am giving the best account of myself in each game to make the decision more difficult,” Ter Stegen said, according to Goal.
“I am trying [to become first-choice] anyway. But this trip with the national team has been a tough blow for me.”
Ter Stegen had earlier admitted that sitting on the bench as second-choice was enough to drive him mad.
“Obviously, it drives me a bit mad. You give the best of yourself and you aren’t where you want to be,” he told T-Online.
“I have established my priorities. I want to be successful and the big objective I have is to be the first choice keeper for my country.”
Wayne Rooney expects his place as England’s record goalscorer to be handed over to Harry Kane inside the next “two or three years”.
Rooney scored 53 goals in an England shirt, breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s previous mark of 49 along the way.
But he believes current captain and Tottenham striker Kane, who already has 26 at the age of 26, to pass him sooner rather than later.
“I never take goals for granted, I love scoring them. Once I got to 35 for England, I could feel the record getting close,” he told the Wayne Rooney Podcast.
“I don’t think it’ll stand for 50 years like Bobby Charlton’s, I think Harry Kane, possibly the next two or three years will… He’s a fantastic goalscorer and his record for England is fantastic.
“When I got the record and then went back for my last game I said it would be an honour to go and present him like Bobby Charlton presented me with the golden boot and I’m sure it won’t be before too long.”
Rooney, coming to the end of his time with DC United before a return to England with Derby, has been enjoying watching Gareth Southgate’s England side sweep all before them in Euro 2020 qualifying.
Southgate appears capable of turning potential into prizes, something Rooney’s ‘Golden Generation’ was unable to do.
However, Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer believes that had someone like current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola managed that squad, things could have been different.
“I watch them (England) with excitement and happiness when they are winning,” he said. “You look at our team 10 yeas ago and arguably we had the best group of players in world football.
“Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Ashley Cole, (Steven) Gerrard, (Paul) Scholes, (Frank) Lampard, (David) Beckham, myself, Michael Owen – our team then, if we had a Guardiola with that group of players, we’d have won everything, no doubt about it.”
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