Kahn’s homeboys clash with England at the Free State Stadium this afternoon and the Fifa Adidas Golden Glove winner at the 2002 World Cup pointed out the English Premiership clubs’ preference of foreign goalkeepers will come back to haunt their national team in the World Cup.
The England goalkeeping department has been thrust into the spotlight after Robert Green’s howler against the USA to finish 1-1 draw in Rustenburg on June 12.
“I think it could be a psychological advantage for Germany … they (England) have had some great keepers before like Gordon Banks, but the question remains why they have not been able to develop world-class keepers.
“If you look at Bayern Munich, for example, they have a policy that Germany’s number one keeper must be in their goal,” he says.
“But in England we see a situation where many goalkeeper positions at various clubs are filled with foreign goalkeepers, which makes it very difficult for them to develop their very own English goalkeeper.
“Look at the big clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal and it goes down to more of their clubs. I think that’s why they don’t have world class goalkeepers,” Kahn reasons.
Therefore, Kahn feels Germany should constantly test the England keeper, likely to be David James.