Weidenfeller hails Dortmund growth

The shotstopper is confident that the progress of the club is reflected by the international recognition of several players, but says that he will not get carried away by call-up
Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller has hailed the growth of the club after earning his first international call-up.

The 33-year-old was selected for the first time by Germany coach Joachim Low for the friendlies against Italy and England, which will take place on Friday and Tuesday respectively. 

Weidenfeller feels that Dortmund's presence on the world stage has offered him a platform to demonstrate his ability, but the former Kaiserslauten shotstopper refused to speculate on his chances of starting in the forthcoming games.

"The development of Borussia Dortmund speaks for each player," he said.

"[It] would be something very special [to make my debut at Wembley]. Then, also a dream for me would come to pass. But I put myself completely at the service of the team and do not want to speculate who will stand between the posts." 

Germany goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke confirmed that Manuel Neuer will start Friday's game in Milan, adding that Arsenal pair Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil are doubts for that clash due to illness, while Miroslav Klose is also unlikely to play.

"Against Italy, Manuel Neuer will play. What comes next will be seen," said Kopke.

"Per and Mesut do not participate in training; they are also still in London. The blood values will decide whether they arrive or whether they remain in London and play against England.

"With Miroslav you have to see how it is with his shoulder, but I do not expect that it will work out."