James holds England hope
Bristol City keeper David James has revealed that he still dreams of rekindling his international career.
Last Updated: 18/02/11 10:09am
Bristol City goalkeeper David James has revealed that he still dreams of rekindling his international career.
James has not played for England since last summer's World Cup and is now playing Championship football at Ashton Gate following his move from Portsmouth.
At the age of 40 and with the next major tournament still more than a year away, there would appear to be little chance of a recall for James.
Joe Hart has emerged as Fabio Capello's first-choice keeper for the Three Lions at the start of their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
However, James is not giving up hope of playing for his country again and would then like to move into management after he hangs up his gloves.
"I genuinely live in hope. If I got to 54 caps, I'd be hoping for a 55th. I still have a hunger for success and that fire in my belly," he said in the Daily Mirror.
"I do have an eye on coaching and management and I want to take my coaching badges and move into that side of the game when I finish playing.
"But that is still very much in the future. At the moment, my focus is on playing."
James made his 850th club career appearance in City's 2-0 defeat at home to Leeds last weekend and has no intention of retiring just yet.
He said: "I'd like to go on for as long as I'm wanted and fit. If I'm still playing well and enjoying it, then there is no reason why I shouldn't continue.
"If there came a time when I was no longer so physically able, then I'd not want to do it.
"But I came to Bristol because I still had the desire to carry on playing and nothing's changed."