Schwarzer: James is the best
By Steve Bramley
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Middlesbrough keeper Mark Schwarzer has urged England to recall David James.
Middlesbrough keeper Mark Schwarzer has urged England boss Steve McClaren to recall David James.
Schwarzer insists the Portsmouth shot-stopper is currently the best keeper in England.
McClaren is due to announce his squad on Friday for the vital Euro 2008 qualifier against Israel, and Schwarzer feels the 36-year-old's experience should secure him the nod over Paul Robinson.
"David James is the best English goalkeeper, the best goalkeeper in the country," Schwarzer told the Daily Mirror.
"He gets criticised but it gets under my skin because he will come for crosses when 90 per cent of keepers won't. That's one great thing about James, I admire him for it.
"He has never held back, never changed his game because of the criticism. Paul Robinson is a good goalkeeper and he has a massive future, he has proved he is very good, but James is the best.
"He is older and you learn to deal with circumstances better, the negative or positive, you know you can't let things affect you, you put them to one side.
"He's proved again this season that he's the best goalkeeper in England."