James will waive extension

Pompey goalkeeper keen to aid club and World Cup bid

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David James is ready to drop his right to a new contract with Portsmouth to aid the club and his own World Cup ambitions.

The England international, who was linked with a move away from the ailing club in January, is back in the starting line-up following Asmir Begovic's deadline-day move to Stoke.

Veteran James is entitled to an extension on his current deal if he plays 25 games this season, a situation which could have seen him left on the bench due to the Fratton Park outfit's perilous financial position.

But the 39-year-old, who insists he was always happy to stay and help Avram Grant's side fight against the drop, wants to aid Pompey's plight and press his claims for South Africa in the summer.

England coach Fabio Capello prefers to select his squad from players who are in action regularly and the competition is fierce to be the Three Lions' last line of defence with James, Rob Green, Joe Hart, Paul Robinson, Ben Foster and Chris Kirkland all in contention to varying degrees.

"Hopefully my representative is about to have a chat with the club about contract issues because I don't want that to be a deciding factor, given how the club have been financially over the past few months," James told the Portsmouth News.


"I have spoken to the manager and I told him that at no point did I want to go. My family is sorted out down here so I want to stay.

"I want to stay here until the end of the season, do well, stay up, go to the World Cup and worry about next season afterwards.

"My only concerns were that there might be a power above us that might have dictated things.

"It was definitely an issue and given that we would have been outside the transfer window, then sitting on the bench or not even sitting on the bench would not have done me any good in trying to help Portsmouth stay up or trying to get in the England squad for the World Cup.

"The Premier League rulings allow us to do contract renegotiations outside of the transfer window and we will get it sorted out because I don't want the club worrying about it and I don't want to be worrying about it myself.

"Without being funny, I'm not the richest man in the world but if there is a financial burden that the club can't suffer, then why should I be taking the mickey?"