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Report: Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer to consider international retirement from Germany after UEFA EURO 2020

Manuel Neuer might be nearing an end to his time as an international footballer for Germany. The Bayern Munich goalkeeper is reportedly considering retirement from international play after the UEFA EURO 2020 competition.

Northern Ireland v Germany -EURO Qualifier Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images

Per a report from Sport Bild, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will consider retiring from international football after the UEFA EURO 2020 competition. Neuer, who has been embroiled in a public spat with FC Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen over the past week, could make the “controversy” easier to deal with for Joachim Löw should be follow through on this plan:

Neuer, Germany’s captain, would cause a shift in the team’s leadership structure should he retire as well.

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There will be many candidates ready to compete for Neuer’s roster spot. Arsenal’s Bernd Leno and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp have battled to be the team’s third goalkeeper for most of the past two years, while Sven Ulreich has also received a call. Schalke 04’s Alexander Nübel is considered a player who could assume the mantle of Germany’s top goalkeeper at some point in the future as well.

Regardless, Neuer’s performance this season for both club and country has been excellent. After battling injuries over the past three years, Neuer finally appears to be back to 100% and has shown the consistent play and excellent ability that has made many consider him to be one of the greatest who has ever plied his trade between the sticks.

Should Neuer retire from international play, he will be most remembered for his superb effort in helping Germany win the 2014 World Cup over Argentina in Brazil.

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