Portsmouth goalkeeper David James believes he has chosen the right time to have a shoulder operation, despite the surgery ruling him out of England's upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
James will have surgery on Wednesday to solve an injury that has been troubling the veteran keeper for the past 18 months.
He will now miss England's 2010 World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Andorra next month, leaving Fabio Capello with a selection headache.
Manchester United's Ben Foster is out with a thumb injury, so West Ham United shot-stopper Robert Green is likely to get the nod.
James is confident England can cope without his presence, with the 38-year-old feeling it is the best moment to fix his shoulder injury.
"It's something I've had for about 18 months, but I've been able to play with it," said James.
"I'll miss a couple of World Cup matches, but it's a good time to have the operation.
"I always trust that England can do well - even without me!"
James sat out Pompey's 3-1 win over Sunderland on Monday night with an unrelated neck injury and manager Paul Hart is confident he will be fit for next season.
"He's been playing with a bad shoulder for quite some time, so he's having an operation on Wednesday," said Hart.
"He missed the Sunderland game with an unrelated neck injury, but he will now miss the two England games next month as well.
"Jamo's been a star for us all season, but we had to get this problem sorted and hopefully we'll have him back for the start of next season."