James - England come first

Goalkeeper happy to miss out on World Cup glory

James: Country comes first

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David James claims he does not mind if he is left out of the England's World Cup squad - provided Fabio Capello's men lift the trophy in South Africa.

James had established himself as No.1 for his country before a series of injury concerns saw him slip down the pecking order.

Capello has warned that he will not name the Portsmouth veteran in his 23-man party unless he can prove his fitness for the summer showpiece.

And the 39-year-old insists he is more concerned about glory for the Three Lions than his personal dream of featuring in the finals.

"It is about England being successful," James said.

Happy days

"If that involves me being between the sticks, happy days. If not, I want us to be successful.

"If you are not fit and cannot train, you do not get picked.

"I am not going to argue with a man whose record so far has been pretty good."

Rob Green has been the preferred No.1 for Capello in recent matches, with Joe Hart, Paul Robinson and Ben Foster also waiting in the wings.

Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has been tipped to force his way into the reckoning, but the Latics No.1 is another player too often struck down by injury.