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Arsenal keeper Lehmann admits Germany must improve

Arsenal's veteran goalkeeper Jens Lehmann thinks Germany will have to improve if they are to have any chance of winning next summer's Euro 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland.

Joachim Low's side became the first team to win a place in the tournament after drawing 0-0 with the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, but Lehmann was unimpressed.

The Gunners shot-stopper said: "I'm very happy to have qualified so early, particularly after a tough game against the Irish.

"We went into the game expecting to win, but the Irish were good, organised, pacy in the first half, although they did drop off in the second.

"But the fact we claimed a good draw with several inexperienced players in the side is good for the team and the future.

"However, we are always expected to qualify, and right now we know we have to improve."

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