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Germany's Kahn uncertain about quitting

German international goalkeeper Oliver Kahn said that he is uncertain about quitting the national team after the World Cup.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 16:33 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

German international goalkeeper Oliver Kahn said it was by no means certain that he would quit the national team after next month's World Cup finals in his homeland.

Kahn will turn 37 during the finals, running from June 9 until July 9, but rather than thinking of retirement, the Bayern Munich man believes he can follow in the footsteps of Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff and play on until he is 40.

"Most people probably expect me to stop at 37 but I am not thinking about that at the moment," Kahn said.

"Why should I quit if I am in good shape and I am still highly motivated?"

"Three years ago when things were not going so well I seriously thought about retiring. But who knows perhaps I will have a surge in form. Anything is possible and as I said I could still be in goal at 40," he said.

Goalkeeping legend Dino Zoff won the 1982 World Cup with Italy at the age of 40 and is Kahn's inspiration.

"Dino Zoff was a World Cup winner at 40 and as long as I spend more time on the training ground than at the doctors I am confident of carrying on," added Kahn.

Kahn, capped 84 times by his country, is second choice behind Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann heading into the finals and Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes he will call it a day after the World Cup.

"After the World Cup he will quit the national team and concentrate on trying to win more trophies with Bayern," Rummenigge said.

Kahn is contracted at Bayern until 2008 when he is expected to make way for promising German Under-21 goalkeeper Michael Rensing.

First Published: May 10, 2006 16:33 IST