"Maybe this break has been good for me. Maybe I needed it. I never like being out of the team, but look what happened last time.
"The manager left me out for a few weeks three years ago and when I got my place back, I ended up having the best season of my career.
"I feel ready to come back and play to the same level again. Playing is important, of course, but there is no substitute for quality.
"My wife and I miss Germany and if I still feel able to play at a high level after the Euro finals, I would like it to be with a Bundesliga club."
Back in Germany, though, Oliver Kahn appears to be carrying on his long-running feud with Lehmann even in international retirement.
The former Germany goalkeeper said: "He should be thankful that he even has the chance to play for the national team when he is not playing for his club."