Manuel Neuer is considering hanging up his goalkeeper gloves for the national team after next summer’s Euro 2020 tournament, following a row with compatriot Marc Andre ter Stegen over game time.
The Bayern Munich captain has made 90 appearances for the national side since making his debut in a friendly against the United Arab Emirates in 2009.
The 33-year-old has gone on to enjoy a fantastic career on the international stage, winning the World Cup in 2014 and being a part of the team that thrashed Brazil 7-1 in the semi final in the same tournament.
Manuel Neuer is considering retiring from the German national team after Euro 2020
The 33-year-old has been involved in a spat with compatriot Marc-Andre ter Stegen this week
According to Bild, Neuer has earmarked Euro 2020 as his swansong for the national team, as he prepares to pass on the baton to Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
The pair were embroiled in a spat during the international round of fixtures, with the Barcelona number one venting his frustrations at his lack of game time with the Germany team owing to Neuer’s dominance in that position.
Neuer has featured in all five of Germany’s qualification games for the upcoming tournament so far, and has played 10 games compared to his compatriot’s 45 minutes in the last year.
The Barcelona keeper has vented his frustration at a lack of game time with his country
Neuer has enjoyed a wonderful international career, winning the World Cup in 2014
Manuel Neuer career with Germany
Debut: 2009 vs United Arab Emirates
– World Cup: 2010, 2014, 2018
– Euros: 2012, 2016
– World Cup: 2014
– U21 Euros: 2009
Ter Stegen said: ‘It’s not easy to find an explanation for what I am experiencing. I am still trying everything, but this trip with Germany was a tough blow for me.’
The Bayern Munich keeper hit back at the remarks, saying the team should remain united.
‘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,’ Neuer said.
‘We are a team. We have to stick together. The goalkeepers also have to stick together.’
27-year-old ter Stegen didn’t take too kindly to Neuer’s remarks, and said in a press conference prior to Barcelona’s game against Dortmund: “I don’t think it is up to Manuel to express an opinion on my feelings. Everyone has seen how I have conducted myself over the last few years,”