Germany legendary goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has revealed that he would start Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen ahead of Manuel Neuer in Die Mannschaft’s opening World Cup game against Mexico on Sunday.
Joachim Löw has been handed a selection headache following Manuel Neuer’s return to fitness.
The Bayern Munich goalkeeper hasn’t played a competitive game since September, when he suffered a metatarsal fracture, but was included in Germany’s 23-man World Cup squad, and featured heavily in recent friendlies to Austria and Saudi Arabia.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen, on the other hand, was an ever-present figure for La Liga champions Barcelona last season, starting 37 of their 38 league games. He was also Germany’s starting goalkeeper in Neuer’s absence.
Germany’s team manager Oliver Bierhoff revealed in late May, however, that Neuer would be the world champions’ number one in Russia.
Oliver Kahn, who made 86 appearances for Germany between 1995 and 2006, has insisted on a different option
He told Gazzeta dello Sport, via elPeriodico: “If I were the coach of Germany, I would definitely start ter Stegen. He is at the peak of his career. For now, he is the best in the world.”