BERLIN, , (Pakistan Point News - APP - 10th Nov, 2016 ) - Marc-Andre ter Stegen will replace Germany captain Manuel Neuer for Friday's 2018 World Cup qualifier at San Marino with Ilkay Gundogan to make his first international start for a year. Barcelona's goalkeeper Ter Stegen steps in with Neuer ruled out of the world champion's qualifier against the tiny microstate because of a virus, and he will also sit out Tuesday's friendly against Italy in Milan.
Juventus' defensive midfielder Sami Khedira is expected to captain Germany against San Marino. Gundogan, who has been in impressive form for the Citizens, and Wolfsburg striker Mario Gomez will both start the qualifier, head coach Joachim Loew has confirmed. "I believe Marc-Andre ter Stegen will play tomorrow and (Bayer Leverkusen's) Bernd Leno will play against Italy," said Loew in Thursday's press conference. "Gundogan and Gomez will also start, as for the rest I have to see in training." Gundogan, who scored two goals in City's recent stunning 3-1 Champions League win over Barcelona, has come off the bench in Germany's last two qualifiers.