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Germany’s players pose for a team photo prior to the international friendly football match of Germany vs Spain in Duesseldorf, western Germany, on March 23, 2018, in preparation of the 2018 Fifa World Cup: (front row, L-R) Germany’s midfielder Joshua Kimmich, Germany’s forward Thomas Mueller, Germany’s midfielder Julian Draxler, Germany’s striker Timo Werner and Germany’s midfielder Mesut Ozil; (row behind, L-R) Germany’s midfielder Leroy Sane, Germany’s defender Mats Hummels, Germany’s midfielder Toni Kroos, Germany’s defender Jonas Hector, Germany’s midfielder Sami Khedira and Germany’s defender Jerome Boateng. / AFP PHOTO / Patrik STOLLARZ

Jerome Boateng insists Germany see Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil in Berlin as an important test despite coach Joachim Loew planning a string of changes.

Loew revealed that Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen will be rested with a slight knee strain, leaving Kevin Trapp and Bernd Leno to play a half each at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

As first-choice Manuel Neuer is recovering from a fractured foot, it effectively means Germany will field their third and fourth choice goalkeepers against the South American giants.

Hertha Berlin’s Marvin Plattenhardt will also make only his sixth international appearance at left-back.

Mesut Ozil and Thomas Mueller have been released by Loew to rest while Manchester City pair Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan are expected to face Brazil.

Boateng, who was born in…



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