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Determined James eyes win

16 May 2008 - 07:27:31

Veteran goalkeeper David James is determined to bury the ghost of two FA Cup Final defeats when Portsmouth take on Cardiff City on Saturday.

The England number one has twice been on the losing side in finals - with Liverpool in 1996 and Aston Villa in 2000 - but is hoping it will be third time lucky this year.

James has missed the last three games with a calf injury, but has been given the all-clear to return for the Wembley showpiece.

"It's been a frustrating few weeks for me. I think I've been causing a few problems for people by suggesting I should be playing - in a nice way of course," he said.

"It was annoying, but at the same time, I respect the advice I was given by the experts.

"The most important thing is for the team to win, but I am 100 per-cent fit and I'm ready to play.

"It's never a nice feeling when you lose the FA Cup Final. You just had to get on with it when it happened.

"But let's have a conversation on Sunday and I'll tell you how I feel this time."


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