England coach Stuart Pearce insists David James still has an international career despite dropping out of the Premier League to play for Bristol City.
James, who turned 40 on Sunday, spurned offers from top-flight clubs in favour of a move to Ashton Gate.
"I can't see it affecting Dave. We'll pick up the games, see how he's playing and take it from there," Pearce told BBC Radio Bristol. "Being a goalkeeper, it's a specialised position so it shouldn't be a problem."
Fabio Capello's right-hand man remembers being in the same shoes as James back in the early 1990s.
He added: "A similar thing happened to me when I was England captain and got relegated with Nottingham Forest. The first phone call I made was to the England manager at the time, Graham Taylor.
"I asked him if I stayed at this club and didn't play in the top flight would that be the end of my international career and he said `definitely not`."