Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has responded angrily to Oliver Kahn's recent verbal jibe.
Tension between the two stoppers has increased further following the Bayern Munich man's comments.
Kahn's blast stemmed from his belief that the German national stopper cannot afford to not be playing on regular basis for his club.
Lehmann has been struggling with injury and has not played for Arsenal since the clash against Blackburn on the 19th August.
The 37-year-old replaced Kahn as Germany's goalkeeper during the 2006 World Cup and Kahn has not played for his country since.
"You don't have a chance to win your place in the German side if you can't hold down your place with your club," Kahn said.
Lehmann has hit-back at the taunt, specifically reacting to Kahn's feeling that he 'doubts there will be another era of famous goalkeepers in the German shirt'.
"He takes himself far too seriously and thinks he is very important," Lehmann told German Der Spiegel.
"I don't like it when someone glorifies themselves."