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Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has accepted coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s plan to rotate the number one shirt between himself and rival Jens Lehmann until next year’s World Cup, although the Bayern Munich number one admits he would prefer a decision sooner rather than later.

Klinsmann told German television on Saturday that the choice would be resolved: “Just before the World Cup in May 2006.”

Kahn said he would reluctantly go along with the management.

“If it’s going to be another year, then so be it,” Kahn said.

“I feel I have raised myself to a level where I would like to see myself. The two titles at Bayern have shown that. I don’t view it as negative. I will take this challenge gladly.

“It would certainly not be a disadvantage if a back four could get used to a goalkeeper. But that’s not a criticism, it is just my view,” Kahn said.

Kahn used to be Germany’s undisputed number one keeper and captain under previous coach Rudi Voller, but on his appointment, Klinsmann stripped Kahn of the captaincy and said the keepers would have to prove who was Germany’s best.

The pair have taken turns in goal in matches since.

“These are things that one has to consider and for a goalkeeper are very important,” said Kahn.

“It’s not about what I think, but is a question of philosophy… Jurgen Klinsmann and the training team don’t think so, and I have to accept that.”

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