Hildebrand out to unseat Lehmann
Germany's understudy goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand says he is looking forward to wearing the national shirt on Wednesday and hopes to take his chance to keep out Arsenal's Jens Lehmann.
Hildebrand, 28, has been behind Lehmann in coach Joachim Low's pecking order since last summer's FIFA World Cup™ and the Valencia shot-stopper is relishing his chance with Lehmann suspended for Wednesday's UEFA EURO 2008 clash against Czech Republic.
Achilles tendon and elbow injuries last month have meant Lehmann lost his place in Arsenal's first-team. And having picked up his second yellow card of the EURO 2008 qualifiers in Saturday night's 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland, Lehmann has left the German squad to train with his north London club.
But a superb performance in Dublin by Lehmann, as Germany booked their Euro 2008 place, means Hildebrand will have to produce something special at the Allianz Arena to keep his place for games against Cyprus and Wales next month.
"I am looking forward to taking my chance," said Hildebrand, who will win only his seventh cap after three years in the German squad.
"The roles are clearly distributed with Jens as first choice, but I am pleased however that I will play the Czech Republic."