Neuer pulls out of Germany squad, Trapp called up | Sports| German football and major international sports news | DW | 20.03.2017


Neuer pulls out of Germany squad, Trapp called up

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has pulled out of Germany's matches against England and Azerbaijan due to injury. Paris Saint-Germain keeper Kevin Trapp has been called up to fill the gap left by Germany's No. 1.

Hamburg Fußball Nationalmannschaft PK Torhüter Manuel Neuer (picture-alliance/dpa/D. Bockwoldt)

Manuel Neuer, 30, who played the full 90 minutes of Bayern's 1-0 victory at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday, has announced that he will not be involved in Germany's friendly against England on Wednesday, nor the World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan in Baku on Sunday.

A statement posted on the German football association's (DFB) website on Monday said that Neuer was suffering from a calf problem and that head coach Joachim Löw had called up Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp as a last-minute replacement. Trapp was named in the German squad in the international break in November 2015 but is still waiting for his Germany debut.

The other two keepers in the current squad are Marc-André ter Stegen of Barcelona and Bernd Leno of Bayer Leverkusen.

Germany leads European Group C of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with four wins from four games  - having scored 16 goals while conceding none.

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