Lehmann should be automatic - Hoeness

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Germany and Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has received backing from an unlikely source with Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness singing his praises at the weekend.

It was Hoeness who bitterly fought with the German Football Association (DFB) to get Oliver Kahn picked as Germany´s number one for the last World Cup - a battle he eventually lost as Lehmann got the nod from Jurgen Klinsmann.

However, now Kahn is off the scene, Hoeness seems to be throwing his weight behind Lehmann, saying in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper: "Lehmann has got to play at Euro 2008, even if he does not play one more game for Arsenal until then. It is unfair and inappropriate to doubt Lehmann - he is an excellent goalkeeper."

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