The only keeper certain to take part in the European Championship in France for Germany this summer is FC Bayern München’s Manuel Neuer. Four keepers are currently in contention for the other two spots in Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain), Marc-André ter Stegen (FC Barcelona), World Champion Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96) and Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), as Germany keeper coach Andreas Köpke revealed to Welt am Sonntag.
Köpke and Germany coach Joachim Löw are practically spoilt for choice since all four candidates are playing at a very high level. With Timo Horn (1. FC Köln), Loris Karius (FSV Mainz 05) and Ralf Fährmann (FC Schalke 04), Germany are also looking at a future with plenty of perspectives. “They are all players who could be number one keepers for other countries,” said Köpke.
“We have a luxury problem. It’s bitter that we can’t do justice to all our quality keepers. The decision will be a difficult one to make - whether to take Leno, ter Stegen, Trapp or Zieler. They are all quality keepers,” explained the 1996 European Champion.