In 2009, he participated on the winning team of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship. Ter Stegen was rewarded for his performances by Joachim Löw, who called him up to Germany’s provisional squad for UEFA Euro 2012. He made his debut on 26 May 2012, in the 5–3 loss against Switzerland in a friendly match, but did not make the final cut for the tournament. He stopped a penalty from Lionel Messi in his second international match in a 1–3 loss against Argentina on 15 August, immediately after coming on following Ron-Robert Zieler’s sending off. On 27 June 2015, he conceded five goals in Germany U21s’ match against Portugal U21 in the semi-finals of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Czech Republic. Ter Stegen was included in Germany’s UEFA Euro 2016 squad, but remained on the bench throughout the entire tournament, as a back-up to starter Manuel Neuer; Germany reached the semi-finals, and were eliminated following a 2–0 loss to hosts France. At the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, Ter Stegen started in all of his team’s matches, apart from the first group-stage match, as Germany went on to win the tournament. For his performance in the final, against Chile, he was named the Man of the Match. On 15 May 2018, Ter Stegen was included in Germany’s 27-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Germany’s manager Joachim Löw included Ter Stegen in Germany’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup on 4 June 2018. In September 2019, Ter Stegen engaged in a minor war of words with Manuel Neuer over the number one goalkeeper spot for Germany.