Date: 7th April 2010 at 4:06pm
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No, David James is not talking about a breakdown of the mental kind – something that I am sure many of us have bordered on this season!

He merely means that he is hoping to avoid any further ‘physical breakdowns’ between now and the end of the season…

With the world cup coming up this summer, and the selection of Fabio Capello’s 23-man squad looming large, a place in this squad is clearly something that James wants – as he told sky sports news – although his priority at the moment is ensuring he is fit for Sunday’s semi final: ‘of course, I want to be in the World Cup and ideally is to be the number one there.

‘But the situation is focussing on Sunday and having missed the game on Saturday through injury, it’s important that, not just Sunday, from here on in, I have to make sure I’m doing the right stuff and don’t have any breakdowns.’

Of course I am a Pompey fan first, but also an England fan so I want him fit for the world cup and think he will benefit England if he goes so I ‘hope’ for both of our sakes he can stay fit from here on in.

Quite clearly the amount of injuries – or the reoccurrence of his injuries – that the 39-year-old is suffering these days shows that time is ‘catching up’ with him, although I know that I would be MUCH happier seeing him in goal for the semi final this weekend, with all due respect to Jamie Ashdown.

I also know, with my England head on, that I would be much happier to have his experience and knowhow in South Africa. We need an experienced, and world cup tested keeper, in the mix – none of the other ‘potential suspects’ fit this bill do they!

But for these injury problems this season, even with a few ‘mistakes’ made – and I do not count the ‘horrible error’ against Chelski as his error, this clearly took a wicked bobble off the pitch – I am sure he would have been the no.1, although I am not sure this will be the case now?

Fitness permitting though I feel we have little, or no option, but to take him to the world cup.

Like I say though him being fit for Sunday is the most important thing for us as Pompey fans at the moment…

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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