Germany coach Joachim Low, have confirmed that Manuel Neuer will keep his starting place against France despite calls for him to be dropped for Barcelona shot-stopper Andre ter Stegen.
The Bayern Munich goalkeeper missed the majority of last season with a broken foot and has struggled to rediscover his best form since returning to action at the World Cup in Russia.
The 32-year-old was regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world before his injury, but recent performances have suggested his spell on the sidelines has had an impact.
Neuer was unconvincing against Augsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga and was in goal when Germany were hammered 3-0 by Netherlands – including an error that resulted in Virgil van Dijk’s opener.
“We have to make tactical changes because we suffered a lot of counter-attacks against Netherlands, and that is very important because France are even stronger for that,” Low told reporters.
“We want to play a courageous game against the world champions. It’s obvious that we need changes at the personnel level after suffering a 3-0 defeat. The only thing I can say is that Manuel Neuer will start.
“The defeat to Netherlands hurt everybody; me, the players, staff and fans, but it was not really surprising for me.
“We have started a new process after the World Cup and there will be steps. The first 30 minutes against Netherlands, we did a good game, but we have a lack of confidence and we showed it.
“We lack the structure in attacks that we had in the past. We have to change things tactically against the world champions.”
Germany legend Lothar Matthaus wants Neuer to be dropped, but the Neuer is generally content with his own performances.
“Basically, I didn’t look very good for the first goal [against Netherlands], but if we won the aerial duel then it looks different,” he said. “I’m quite happy with my game, except for this incident. I am also in top shape. I’ve been missing luck every now and then.”