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By Amar Singh | England Correspondent

England can defeat an 'inexperienced' German side if Fabio Capello can convince the players to 'forget the past' goalkeeping legend Oliver Kahn told Goal.com UK today.

Ahead of Sunday's second round showdown, Kahn, 41, who won 86 caps keeping goal for Germany, said England were at a psychological disadvantage due to their poor record in penalty shootouts - including two agonising semi-final spot kick exits at the hands of the Germans in the 1990 World Cup and at Euro 96.

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But the former Bayern Munich star whose illustrious career includes being named as the top player of 2002 World Cup said England could turn the tables on Sunday.

"Germany definitely have a psychological advantage and it will be in the minds of even the current England players what has happened in the past, especially with the penalty shoot-outs. They must erase the memories of 1990 and 1996."

He added: "If Fabio Capello can convince England that they are playing for now - and nothing that has happened in the past matters - if they can win that battle in their minds  then England can beat an inexperienced German side - England can win - anything is possible, but they must forget the past."


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Kahn said that England could suffer from having changed their goalkeeper too much since David Seaman made his last appearance for the national team in 2002.

"It's not for me to judge which goalkeeper is playing well and which is not, but England has had to change that position too much.

"England need to get back to the tradition of having great established goalkeepers such as Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton and David Seaman. They have not had an established number 1 since then."

Kahn blamed the country's top Premier League for failing to produce a world class home grown keeper.

"The tradition at Bayern Munich is that the no.1 keeper must also be the Germany number 1. But in England the top goalkeepers at Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea are all foreign. England are suffering because of this."

Kahn said the current German squad, including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer were talented but lacked experience.

"This side is very talented, but they do not play the typical German way. They are much more open.  Manuel Neuer is a good keeper but he is very young - he is quite inexperienced. He has a lot of positive experiences to draw on such as winning the under 21 European Championships so he is very confident and showed his talent against Ghana.'

Kahn was speaking to Goal.com UK ahead of a press conference hosted by Adidas in Johannesburg on the leading contenders for the Adidas Golden Glove award. 

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