Low backs bungling German keepers

BERLIN - Germany coach Joachim Low is keeping faith with the trio of goalkeepers in his national squad set-up despite poor performances by all of them at the weekend.

Low told the Kicker magazine website that Rene Adler, Manuel Neuer (both pictured) and Tim Wiese would all be included in his squad for next week's home friendly against Argentina.

"All three goalkeepers have maintained a high level of quality over the season as a whole," he said.

"I know their qualities and have watched them carefully in training."

Bayer Leverkusen's Adler was the most heavily criticised after he allowed a free kick to slip through his legs to gift Claudio Pizarro an easy goal during the Bundesliga leaders' 2-2 draw at Werder Bremen.

Low is scheduled to announce his full squad on Friday.