Goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand believes his impressive display in Hoffenheim's 1-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend proved he is good enough to return to the Germany national team.
The 30-year-old was Hoffenheim's man of the match, making a host of stand-out saves, although he still could not prevent his side from being beaten at the BayArena. He hopes Germany coach Joachim Low saw his performance and believes that, if he did, there is no way he can keep him out of his next squad selection.
I am ready and cannot make saves any better than I did today. If you could not see today how good I am, then you never will.
"Normally when you make saves like that, then you are a national team player," he said. "I am ready and cannot make saves any better than I did today. If you could not see today how good I am, then you never will."
Hildebrand was a shock exclusion from Low's UEFA EURO 2008 squad when he had been number two behind Jens Lehmann throughout the qualifying campaign. He has not been called up to the national team since, with Low preferring younger players such as Leverkusen's Rene Adler or Manuel Neuer of Schalke, and there does not appear to be much prospect of a return while Low is in charge.
"At the moment we are sticking with the four goalkeepers we have called up recently," Low told the Welt newspaper. "They are Robert Enke, Tim Wiese, Rene Adler and Manuel Neuer. There is no reason to alter this. We are optimistic with these four goalkeepers and think we are going in the right direction with them."