Date: 7th February 2008 at 1:21pm
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David James was ‘buzzing’ after playing the full 90 minutes of England’s friendly with Switzerland yesterday, and as he told The Daily Mail he is here to stay, as he is targeting being the England no.1 up to and including the 2010 world cup finals: ‘It’s a case of one step at a time but I want to be England No1 at the 2010 World Cup. I have a contract at Portsmouth, which will see me through to that World Cup.

‘If I am playing first-team football in the Premier League for Portsmouth, I should be in a position where I could play first-team football for England. The only thing that is going to stop me is better goalkeepers.

‘I am buzzing about the fact I started, even more so to play 90 minutes.

‘People were wondering if I would play because in the past new managers have had new starts and you anticipate you are not going to be involved.

‘I didn’t feel nervous at all. I thought beforehand there could be a bit of pressure but I felt good and I want to experience that again’.

James did what he had to do, he had a couple of ‘nervy moments’ and a ‘slight’ rush of blood to the head at the death, but it is my thinking that that was merely one of the rare instances that we see where he is ‘bored’ of having nothing to do, so his concentration wonders momentarily as he tries to get involved.

Despite people thinking his age is a factor against him, as I keep saying I have no doubt that he could be the England no.1 through until 2010, as he will most likely be Pompey’s no.1 until then – and probably beyond…

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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