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By ESPN Staff

Lehmann: England lack winners mentality

Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has claimed England are mentally inferior to his native Germany ahead of Wednesday's friendly between the countries.

Germany hold an edge over their rivals through the years having overcome England in several penalty shoot-outs and other important matches.

And Lehmann - who on Sunday gifted Blackburn a 1-1 draw by spilling David Dunn's shot into his own net - believes Germany's history of success gives them a psychological advantage.

'Mentally, Germany are stronger, because we have experience of success in the last 20 years,' he told Sky Sports.

'We are always successful, not always winning, but somewhere near or winning, and that is what England are lacking.

'The pressure in England is so big. The media always lifts up players as world-class who are probably not so far yet.

'They have to live up to it and sometimes the pressure seems to be too big.'

Lehmann is looking forward to Wednesday's match at the rebuilt Wembley despite both sides missing key players through injury.

'England have a couple of injuries, we don't seem to have a proper midfield right now because there are so many players injured as well, but I think both teams will field very strong and experienced teams,' the Gunners keeper said.

'I think it will be very physical and very intense. There are no friendly games any more, because you can't afford to embarrass yourself as a nation.'