Jens Lehmann has curbed his usual instincts to dash from his goal-line so far this summer, instead remaining rooted in position.
Perhaps the Arsenal and Germany goalkeeper is still haunted by his red card in the Champions League final – but this caution extends off the pitch too.
Lehmann, nicknamed ‘Tarzan’ by his international colleagues, was invited to pose on top of an elephant for a women’s magazine photoshoot.
But he explained: ‘I’m mustn’t do any dangerous things – no diving, no ski-ing, and certainly no riding elephants.’
One quirky photo just isn’t worth the risk of having your feet trampled with all the delicacy of a late lunge by Sol Campbell.