James - I'll be fit for finals

Pompey keeper allays fitness concerns

James: Unconcerned

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David James insists he will fit and ready for England duty in time for next summer's World Cup finals in South Africa.

Fabio Capello fired a warning shot across James' bow earlier in the week, stating he will only take fully-fit players to the prestigious tournament.

Portsmouth's veteran keeper was left out of the squad which lost to Brazil in Qatar at the weekend to rest a knee injury which prevents him from training for two days after a match.

However, James remains unconcerned by injury worries, stating it is nothing serious. He insists he is able to play every week and was only rested as a precaution.


"I'm not concerned about my knee and it will not be a reason why I won't be fit for the World Cup," James told the Daily Mail.

"If the injury was a serious one I'd be looking to rest for a number of weeks and miss a load of games for Portsmouth.

"But I don't need to and that should tell you everything. By managing the situation, I am able to play every week.

"But I missed England squads earlier in the season because I couldn't train the way the manager (Fabio Capello) wanted me to.

Strict policy

"He has a very strict policy. If you can't do their training before a game he won't pick you and that's fair enough.

"And I missed the last squad for Brazil because it was considered more sensible to give me a two-week break.

"The same went for a number of the lads. For me, it has proved a good decision because the knee is getting better all the time."