James: Every player in Capello's thoughts

12 October 2009 08:55
David James feels every member of the England squad gives Fabio Capello "something to think about" in the battle for a place in his starting eleven. [LNB] The 39-year-old had to be content with a place on the substitutes' bench, with Robert Green wearing the gloves for the sixth successive match. And only Green's early sending-off - for a foul on Artem Milevskyi - presented the Portsmouth player with an early opportunity to show Capello he should be restored to the side. [LNB] James said: "Do I feel I have given the manager a headache? I think everyone in the squad gives the manager something to think about."[LNB] He added: "It is a good strong squad with a very eager group of players. There is a real hunger and determination in the side and a desire to perform by everybody. [LNB] "I said beforehand there were no expectations in terms of playing or not. I didn't know who was going to play until literally an hour before the match. [LNB] "If I'm not playing, as long as the performance is right, I've got no complaints. In some respects, although I got my chance, I would have preferred not to have played and won." [LNB] James had sympathy for Green but was ready and prepared to step into the breach even though it looked initially as if referee Damir Skomina had dismissed Rio Ferdinand. [LNB] His first act was to try and deny Andriy Shevchenko from the resulting penalty, but was not called upon as the former Chelsea player's effort hit the post. [LNB] James said: "Given the circumstances, with Rio the covering defender, you would have hoped Greeny wouldn't have been sent off but he has unfortunately. [LNB] "Fortunately I had done my preparations the last few days and was ready for the game when I had to go on."

Source: Eurosport