Grant backs James' bid
Avram Grant believes Portsmouth keeper David James will head to the World Cup as England's number one.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 15/03/10 2:13pm
Avram Grant believes Portsmouth keeper David James will head to the World Cup as England's No.1.
The Pompey ace has seen West Ham's Robert Green edge ahead of him in the pecking order of late, while the likes of Joe Hart, Scott Carson and Chris Kirkland are also in the frame.
James is, however, the most experienced candidate by some considerable margin and will be hoping that plays into his hands.
He may be fast approaching his 40th birthday, but he remains a reliable last line of defence and will likely head to South Africa with over 50 caps to his name.
The veteran shot-stopper has made 49 international appearances so far and, despite suffering a troubled season at financially-crippled Pompey, his boss at Fratton Park feels Fabio Capello would be best advised to throw James the gloves this summer.
"I have a feeling that when we come to the World Cup he will be the first-choice goalkeeper," said Grant.
"He has experience, understanding of football and also passion for the game.
"When you have that knowledge it is good and you have to use it.
"For me he is number one - but I am not the coach of England.
"However, there is still a lot of time for things to change. I think they will.
"I don't think what has happened here will be a problem for him.
"I don't think Fabio Capello will be thinking about the administrator when he decides who is his choice for England's goalkeeper."