James seeks England start

23 August 2007 10:23
Portsmouth veteran David James is hoping to force his way back into the England set-up on a permanent basis after featuring in the 2-1 defeat by Germany. The 37-year-old made his first appearance for more than a year for the national team in the loss at Wembley and James is hoping to stay in the picture for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel and Russia next month. He said: "Ultimately everyone in the England squad wants to play, so between now and the next squad, I'll be trying to do what I can do to jog the manager's mind and hopefully get a shout. "But I want that to be for me doing well and not at the expense of someone else not doing well. "I wasn't expecting to play so to get back into the squad was a major achievement in my book. Hopefully in the next two weeks I will give myself another opportunity to be in the squad. "If the opportunity arises, I am up for it of course. I didn't want to be here just to warm the bench up and England have got some very good young goalkeepers." James' prospects have been aided by Paul Robinson making a major mistake to hand Germany their equaliser on Wednesday evening, while Ben Foster remains sidelined by a knee injury.

Source: ESA