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Monday, April 03, 2006

Former Goalkeeper Schumacher thinks Lehmann will be Germany first option

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Toni Schumacher, the West German goalkeeper from the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, believes that Jens Lehmann's body language suggests he will be wearing Germany's number one jersey at the 2006 World Cup.

There is a competition between Bayern Munich custodian Oliver Kahn and Lehmann, but the issue has turned into a tedious soap opera in the German press and Schumacher believes Germany manager J├╝rgen Klinsmann will conclude it by picking Lehmann.

"I cannot see any reason not to choose Kahn but I get the impression that Jens Lehmann will be the one playing at the World Cup," Schumacher said. "Jens was so calm and relaxed when interviewed after Arsenal's recent Champions League game with Juventus. I felt then that he already knows he will be the number one.

Germany coach Klinsmann has confirmed that he will make his decision by the beginning of May before naming his final 23-man World Cup squad on May 15.


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