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Rene Adler confident of World Cup spot

Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler does not fear missing out on a place in Germany’s World Cup squad, despite a huge drop in form this season.

Adler, 28, returned to the international fold in November 2012 following a two-year absence, and has been a regular in Nationalmannschaft coach Joachim Loew’s selections ever since.

However, the former Bayer Leverkusen player has produced a string of below-par performances this season, conceding 24 goals in just 11 games.

And with Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller reportedly set for his first Germany call-up on Friday, when Loew announces his squad for the upcoming friendlies against Italy and England, Adler’s place could well be under threat.

But the goalkeeper told kicker: “I have been back with the national team for a year now. I’ve played two good games. There is not a single reason to doubt that I will be at the World Cup.”

Adler currently plays behind one of the shakiest defences in the Bundesliga for a Hamburg side who sit 14th in the table.