Lehmann offers Weidenfeller backing
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Former Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann believes Borussia Dortmund custodian Roman Weidenfeller should be given a chance in the national team.

Weidenfeller has again been overlooked by Germany coach Joachim Low, who has turned to the uncapped Hannover goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler to cover for the injured Rene Adler, in his latest squad selection.

"In my opinion, Roman Weidenfeller has been the best for the last 18 months," Lehmann told Sky. "He just plays consistently well and makes important saves, particularly over the last year. He has made the most consistent impression and is now playing well again."

According to Lehmann, who became Germany's No1 at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ and remained in goal until retiring from international football in 2008, Weidenfeller is even better than the man who took his place in goal, Manuel Neuer.

"Manuel Neuer, who is capable of some fantastic saves, has enormous potential, but the actual best performer last season was Roman Weidenfeller," he said. "He was also one of the reasons why Dortmund won the league."