James allays fitness fears

17 November 2009 09:31
England goalkeeper David James has dismissed suggestions that an ongoing knee problem could scupper his World Cup chances. The 39-year-old Portsmouth keeper is unable to train for two days after playing a game and missed Saturday's 1-0 friendly defeat to Brazil in Qatar. England head coach Fabio Capello has told the veteran keeper that he will only be part of his World Cup squad should he prove hit fitness. But despite suggestions that James will not be England's number one next summer, the evergreen keeper has moved to play down his fitness concerns. "I'm not concerned about my knee and it will not be a reason why I won't be fit for the World Cup," he told the Daily Mail. "If the injury was a serious one I'd be looking to rest for a number of weeks and miss a load of games for Portsmouth. "But I don't need to and that should tell you everything. By managing the situation, I am able to play every week. "By the time England play again in March my left knee will be fine. "I just have a programme in place for now that is designed to allow the knee time to make a full recovery and it means I don't do any goalkeeping training on a Monday."

Source: ESA

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