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Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller could be set for a first ever call-up to the German squad for next month's friendly internationals, coach Joachim Löw hinted on Sunday.

Having qualified for next year's World Cup finals in Brazil with a 3-0 win over Republic of Ireland in Cologne, Germany play their final World Cup qualifier against Sweden in Stockholm on Tuesday. The German Football Federation (DFB) plan two friendlies in November against Italy in Milan on November 15, while a possible meeting with England four days later has yet to be confirmed.

Löw has said he will use the games to consider his options with regard to blooding new players, including 33-year-old Weidenfeller, who helped Borussia reach last season's Champions League final. "We will consider it. Both games are against attractive opponents and we want to give one or two their chance to play against them," Löw told German daily Bild.

"We have been watching Roman Weidenfeller for quite some time and we know about his outstanding performances, so he is definitely a consideration." Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer has been Löw's first choice since prior to the 2010 World Cup, while Hamburg's Rene Adler and Hanover 96's Ron-Robert Zieler have also been called up for recent matches.

Weidenfeller, capped at Under-21 level, has criticized Löw in the past for overlooking him, despite a string of good performances when Dortmund won back-to-back league titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12.


Napoli condemned last season's Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund to their first defeat of the season on Wednesday as the Germans' European campaign endured a disastrous start.

Gonzalo Higuaín and Lorenzo Insigne grabbed the goals in the Italians' 2-1 Group F win after Dortmund had goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller red-carded on the stroke of half-time, with coach Jürgen Klopp also sent to the stands. "All things considered, it was a deserved defeat. Napoli passed the ball well and we tried everything we could," said Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin. "Every defeat hurts, especially when you know that a win would have been huge for our campaign. Napoli are a quality side and when you are down one man, it is very difficult."

Napoli soaked up early pressure from the Germans who went into the match with a perfect record of five wins in the Bundesliga and not having lost a match since their Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich in May. Marco Reus slid a fine pass through for Robert Lewandowski in the 26th minute, but the Polish striker's left-foot shot was well-saved by Pepe Reina. Sven Bender then saw his volley from the edge of the box take a deflection over the crossbar.

Napoli grabbed the lead on the half-hour mark. Camilo Zuniga crossed from the left for Higuaín to get in front of Marcel Schmelzer and head the ball into the bottom corner beyond the dive of Weidenfeller. It was the Argentine striker's second goal in successive games at the Stadio San Paolo, after netting in the weekend win over Atalanta, and his third in three games. Klopp was so incensed by the goal that he was sent to the stands for his protests.

Ten minutes before the break, Reus volleyed wide of the target before the night got even worse for last season's runners-up. Captain and goalkeeper Weidenfeller came rushing off his line to deny Higuaín but was sent-off for handling outside the area.