While he may never have truly mastered the art of defending, Christian Ziege provides a handy attacking outlet on the left for Germany as he has done for all of his club sides.
He has played for some of the best teams in Europe in Milan, Bayern Munich and Liverpool.
He moved to Tottenham for the start of last season and became an instant hit there with five goals from the left wing-back position in his first two months at White Hart Lane.
He also scored in Spurs' Worthington Cup final defeat to Blackburn at the end of February.
He has continued that form with Germany at the World Cup and when called on has never let down Rudi Voeller - particulalrly from set-pieces.
His career has been blighted by several serious injuries, the first of which forced him to miss the 1994 World Cup tournament.
He also missed several weeks of last season with a knee injury.