Germany to give keeper Zieler debut against Ukraine

Reuters , Sunday 6 Nov 2011

Germany will give 22-year-old goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, who briefly played in the English third division, his international debut in this week’s friendly against to Ukraine, coach Joachim Loew said Sunday

Ron-Robert Zieler
Germany goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler

“That is what we have planned today,” Loew told reporters. “All other decisions will be taken during the course of the week based on the impressions we get from training.”

Zieler, who plays for Hanover 96, spent part of his youth career with Manchester United.

During the 2008-09 season, he was loaned for three months to Northampton Town and played two matches for them in the English third division.

Germany, the first team to qualify for Euro 2012, face the co-hosts in Kiev on Friday.

Loew has put his faith in youth, sidelining former captain Michael Ballack and often fielding teams with an average age of 25 and younger.

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