James - Capello has options
David James has acknowledged that England boss Fabio Capello has numerous goalkeeping options to choose from.
Last Updated: 11/11/09 9:24am
David James has acknowledged that England boss Fabio Capello has numerous goalkeeping options to choose from for his World Cup squad.
The 39-year-old Portsmouth shot-stopper is the most experienced No.1 available to the Italian, having won 48 caps since making his international debut in 1997.
However, James faces competition from the likes of Robert Green, Ben Foster and Birmingham City's on-loan ace Joe Hart for the starting job.
Green has been between the sticks of late, however, his unfortunate dismissal against Ukraine has allowed the likes of Manchester United keeper Foster to bolster his experience.
James believes it is a good thing for Capello to have so many reliable options ahead of selecting his 23-man squad and the experienced keeper knows places must be earned.
"Robert Green has done well and the sending-off in the qualifier was unfortunate for him. Ben Foster has also done well when he has come in," explained James.
"That is a good position for the manager, knowing he has three reliable keepers. I am also a big fan of Joe Hart, so there is a good collection to choose from.
"I don't know who the first choice would be, but if I am in the squad and someone else is in goal, they would be there by right."