Germany coach Loew has full faith in goalkeeper Lehmann

Other News Materials 13 February 2008 18:58 (UTC +04:00)

(dpa) - Germany coach Joachim Loew has full faith in goalkeeper Jens Lehmann and expects him to make up for his Vienna blunders in the next friendly with Switzerland.

Loew told Wednesday's edition of the Sport-Bild weekly that he and his staff have no reason to change their opinion on the Arsenal goalkeeper in the final Euro 2008 countdown.

"I expect Jens to play against Switzerland. We will not start questioning everything," Loew said.

"We have a lot of faith in him."

Lehmann blundered on several occasions last week Wednesday in Germany's 3-0 victory against Euro co-hosts Austria in Vienna. The match against the other hosts Switzerland comes on March 26, and the Euro tournament is played June 7-29.

The 38-year-old Lehmann has rarely played this season as he is only second choice at Arsenal. But he was fielded again there in recent games due to injury of his rival between the posts, Manuel Almunia.

Lehmann was named German number one over Oliver Kahn ahead of the 2006 World Cup under coach Juergen Klinsmann, and kept the position when Loew took charge after the World Cup.

Lehmann has 52 caps, making him far more experienced in Germany duty then the other options Timo Hildebrand (Valencia, seven caps) and Robert Enke (Hanover, one cap).

Should he blunder again against the Swiss the debate will likely heat up even more, but Loew believes that the Vienna antics were a one-off incident.

"Jens has a lot of experience," said Loew. Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff agreed: "Jens has enough experience to withstand the pressure."