In the latest Germany news, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will seek to prove his fitness ahead of the World Cup when he makes his long-awaited return from injury on Saturday.
The Bayern Munich shot stopper has not played since September due to a foot injury and had been expected to miss the World Cup after failing to return to action before the end of the domestic season.
However, the 32-year-old was offered the chance to prove himself by being named as one of four goalkeepers in Joachim Low’s provisional squad.
Neuer is now back in full training but his place on the plane to Russia could depend on how he handles a return to action against Austria this weekend.
Discussing how Neuer has performed since linking up with the national squad, Die Mannschaft goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke said: “As things stand, Manuel Neuer will play on Saturday. Those are the games that he needs right now.”
“There were exchanges throughout the training between Manuel and the coaching staff to see how he’s coming on.
“The foot seems to be in a good spot and there was continuous contact, back and forth, to ensure everything is fine.”
Kopke also confirmed that should Neuer fail to convince the coaching staff he is 100 per cent fit then Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen would start the World Cup opener against Mexico on June 17.
“Ter Stegen’s last season has been terrific for Barcelona. There are four goalkeepers for the squad currently in case things don’t go the way the coaching staff would like but we have full confidence going forward,” he added.
The defending champions are 4/9 with Skybet to open their World Cup campaign with a win against Mexico, who continued their preparations for the World Cup with a goalless draw against Wales on Monday.