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Retired custodian explains that the 31-year-old needs to be drafted into the Germany national team as he "has been the best for the last 18 months", ahead even of Neuer

Former Germany international goalkeeper Jens Lehmann says that Borussia Dortmund custodian Roman Weidenfeller is better than Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer.

Neuer, who moved to Bayern earlier this summer, was a star performer for Schalke in the 2010-11 season. He was impressive both in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League despite the Royal Blues' disappointing performance in the domestic arena and established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe.

However, Lehmann believes that Weidenfeller's displays last season for eventual champions Dortmund were better than those of Neuer's for Schalke.

"Manuel Neuer, who is capable of some fantastic saves, has enormous potential, but the actual best performer last season was Roman Weidenfeller," the former Arsenal star is quoted as saying by PA. "He was also one of the reasons why Dortmund won the league."

Lehmann, who played for both Schalke and Dortmund as well as for Stuttgart, added that Weidenfeller deserves to feature for the Germany national team after being omitted once again for the upcoming internationals against Austria and Poland.

"In my opinion, Roman Weidenfeller has been the best for the last 18 months," explained the 41-year-old. "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."

Weidenfeller, 31, has started two of Dortmund's four Bundesliga games this season.

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