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Völler looks to Lehmann

Published: Thursday 14 August 2003, 19.20CET
Arsenal FC goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has returned to the Germany squad for the friendly against Italy.
 
Published: Thursday 14 August 2003, 19.20CET

Völler looks to Lehmann

Arsenal FC goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has returned to the Germany squad for the friendly against Italy.

Arsenal FC goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is back in the Germany squad for the friendly international against Italy at VfB Stuttgart's Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion on 20 August.

International recall
The 33-year-old, who made his competitive debut for the Premiership club in the FA Community Shield against Manchester United FC on Sunday after joining from BV Borussia Dortmund, is recalled to the 20-man squad by coach Rudi Völler, with Hamburger SV's Christian Rahn another returnee.

Notable absentees
However, Völler has to do without Lehmann's former club mates Torsten Frings and Christoph Metzelder, who are both ruled out by injury, while Liverpool FC's Dietmar Hamann and Christian Ziege of Tottenham Hotspur FC are also sidelined.

Important fixtures
Germany face two crucial UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying games early next month, travelling to Reykjavik to play Iceland on 6 September before taking on Scotland in the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund four days later. Völler's side currently lead Group 5 with eleven points from five matches, two ahead of Iceland, and three above Scotland.

Germany squad
Kahn, Lehmann, Baumann, Friedrich, Hartmann, Hinkel, Rau, Rehmer, Wörns, Ballack, Freier, Jeremies, Kehl, Rahn, Ramelow, Schneider, Bobic, Klose, Lauth, Neuville.

 
Last updated: 14/08/03 16.43CET

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