Lehmann's lost his sense of reality: Wiese
Germany's former number one goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, who is hoping for an international recall, has lost his sense of reality, Werder Bremen keeper Tim Wiese claimed on Tuesday.sports Updated: Apr 14, 2009 16:15 IST
Germany's former number one goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, who is hoping for an international recall, has lost his sense of reality, Werder Bremen keeper Tim Wiese claimed on Tuesday.
Lehmann kept goal for Germany at the 2006 World Cup, retiring from international duty after Euro 2008.
But the 39-year-old, who this month signed a year extension to his contract with Stuttgart, has been making noises recently about returning to Die Mannschaft for the 2010 World Cup. "The chance that I will be required once again for selection next season is high," he claimed on Sunday.
Yet according to Wiese, one of the three keepers who has kept goal since Euro 2008, Lehmann is being unrealistic. "(Lehmann) is completely over-estimating himself and he's lost his sense of reality," Wiese told Tuesday's Bild. "It's a shame, he was nice enough before he joined Stuttgart. Now he is constantly stirring things up and it's starting to annoy me."
Since Lehmann's 61st and last cap in the Euro 2008 losing final to Spain Germany manager Joachim Loew has called on Robert Enke and Rene Adler, who have four caps apiece, and Wiese, for one game.
While neither Leverkusen's Adler nor Hanover's Enke have made Germany's Number One shirt their own is his absence, Lehmann has been far from flawless this season.
He was at fault in his side's 2-1 win at Bochum this month when he caught a corner, but then accidentally carried the ball over his own goal-line. "He should reflect on that goal he conceded against Bochum," commented Wiese.