Keegan backing James
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kevin Keegan is confident that goalkeeper David James will win back his England spot.Manchester City manager Kevin Keegan is confident that goalkeeper David James will win back his England spot.
The former Liverpool shot-stopper was dropped by Sven Goran Eriksson for England's clash with Poland after he made a massive error during The Three Lions' previous match with Austria.
Keegan is now hoping James will put his error behind him and concentrate on his club form, which the City boss feels has been excellent.
"We have no control over what happens outside this club but David James has been a terrific goalkeeper for us and I expect to continue for the next three or four seasons," said Keegan.
"I have no problems with him and I have certainly not lost confidence in him.
"If you look back to his performances last season, David is one of the major reasons why Manchester City are still in The Premiership.
"He may not be appreciated in other places at the moment but he certainly is here and I wouldn't be surprised to see him getting his place back in the England side before long."
Meanwhile, Keegan is looking to extend the trial spell of former French international midfielder Bernard Diomede.
The 30-year-old is available on a free transfer after spending last season with Ajaccio in Ligue 1.
"Bernard has done very well but I have to see him in a game," said Keegan.
"I am going to ask him to stay another week. If he doesn't want to do that then he can go."