German manager Jurgen Klinsmann will start Jens Lehmann in goal for the Confederations Cup semi-final clash with Brazil, although Oliver Kahn is pencilled in to play the final, provided Germany overcome the World champions.
Arsenal keeper Lehmann will play against Brazil as part of Klinsmann’s rotation policy and Kahn is set to play the final in Frankfurt on June 29.
“We agreed that Jens (Lehmann) would play the semi-final and Oliver (Kahn) the final – if we get there,” confirmed assistant coach Joachim Low.
Bayern Munich, who played in the 4-3 opening day win over Australia, does not believe the Confederations Cup will have much bearing on next year’s World Cup finals.
“I do not think I have anything to prove at the Confederations Cup,” Kahn told magazine Kicker.
“It was not a coincidence that I was the first goalkeeper to win the player of the tournament award at the 2002 World Cup.
“I accept the current situation but it is not good for a goalkeeper,” declared Kahn.