Date: 26th November 2007 at 12:16am
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So David James became ‘the first to speak out’ against Spineless Steve with his column in The Observer over the weekend – rightly so.

Yep James did have a few words to say on Spineless Steve’s selection policy where the keepers were concerned, but it was hardly a ‘savage attack’ as it might have been portrayed.

Either way James said he would not be looking to call it a day as far as England were concerned, then with his thoughts in The Telegraph he said: ‘I fully understand the situation with Scotty playing in Austria, but then effectively I was demoted to No 3 and kept on the bench for the biggest game against Croatia.

‘I wouldn’t say I was upset, but I was disappointed.

‘My inclusion in the squad was to put pressure on Robbo and to compete for a place.

‘I’ve got no intention of finishing. I’ll see who the next man is and who his favourites are’.

Another man that was ‘surprised’ to say the least that his Pompey team mate was not included against Croatia was the man that left Scott Carson with egg on his face, Niko Kranjcar who also told The Telegraph: ‘David James has been the best goalkeeper in England for the past two seasons since I came over.

‘So, for me, it is a strange decision that he is not England’s No 1’.

I have made no secret of the fact that I think James should have been the England no.1 for sometime, I has also made no secret of the fact that I feel James could carry on for England up to and including the 2010 world cup.

He is not the type of person that would walk away, so it is little surprise that he will carry on – only time will tell what the new England manager, whoever it might be, thinks…

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