James waits on Robbo error
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Veteran keeper David James is convinced he can play for England again.
David James is convinced he can play for England again, but concedes he is waiting for Paul Robinson to drop a clanger.
Robinson has dislodged James as England's number one over the past two seasons, following a couple of high-profile mistakes from the veteran goalkeeper.
The 36-year-old has yet to feature in any of new Three Lions coach Steve McClaren's squad, but is not giving up on his international dream.
The Portsmouth shot-stopper believes he still has something to offer to England and is eager to take his chance, once Robinson has made a serious error.
"He is still number one and doing the job," James told the Daily Star Sunday about Robinson. "But there is a rivalry.
"I watched the World Cup and believed I could still contribute. I will be 40 when the next one arrives, yet I believe I can still cut it. Dino Zoff played in one when he was the same age.
"I still think I can give something to the squad, which will obviously be at Paul's expense.
"It's a bitter-sweet feeling. I want England to do well and I want to be part of it.
"There's a decent stable of keepers around now and this will only make it harder for me.
"But you hope. As a youngster at Liverpool, I sat on the bench and wished Bruce Grobbelaar would have a nightmare.
"I'd think 'drop one in, let me have a chance'. It was human nature. The reality is if the team is doing badly, you go into a bad team.
"I will never give up on England. I have worked hard to be the best I can be.
"You get selected on merit and if you turn your back on England, you turn your back on the best team in the world.
"I would never do that. I love my country very much."