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Joachim Löw confirms that Marc-André ter Stegen will start

Germany national team boss Joachim Löw told press that Barcelona’s shot-stopper will start against Peru on Sunday.

Marc-André ter Stegen will start for Die Mannschaft in the international friendly against the South American darlings from this summer’s World Cup.

Despite showing quality and consistency at club level the past two seasons for Barcelona, ter Stegen has been playing second fiddle to sweeper-keeper Manuel Neuer in the national team setup.

The 26-year-old from Mönchengladbach will make his first appearance for Germany since playing 45 minutes in a warm-up match against Saudi Arabia in June.

Ter Stegen has spoken about his disappointment not to feature during the World Cup in Russia but starting at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Hoffenheim is a chance to prove his reliability to Löw.

The German was initially the back-up to Claudio Bravo during Barcelona’s 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons after transferring from his boyhood club, but emerged after the Chilean moved to Manchester City. Fans are hoping for a similar emergence with the national team after Neuer’s costly adventure against South Korea in Group F play.