Neuer: Germany's left-back problems are Alaba's fault

The Ballon d’Or nominee has admitted to trying, and failing, to convince his Bayern Munich team-mate to play for Joachim Low’s side in the past

Manuel Neuer has jokingly suggested that David Alaba is to blame for Germany ‘s current dearth of quality talent in the left-back position.

Philipp Lahm, who spent much of his early international career at left-back, retired from Germany duty following the World Cup triumph in July and Joachim Low struggled to find a consistent option for the role this summer, especially due to the injury suffered by Marcel Schmelzer.

Neuer admits he tried to persuade a younger Alaba to take up German citizenship and claims the Austria international could have solved their problems had he done so.

“When David was younger, I told him he should accept German citizenship,” Neuer told Kicker .

“Actually, it is David’s fault that we do not have a left-back.”

Germany travel to Vigo to take on 2010 World Cup winners Spain in a friendly on Tuesday.

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