McClaren: James can be No.1

Manager backing his goalkeepers

McClaren: No doubts

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England manager Steve McClaren admits he would have no doubts about reinstating David James as his No.1 goalkeeper.

"Individual players have to be tough enough to take the rough with the smooth."

Steve McClaren

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James has returned to the national setup after a 12-month absence and it is thought that he is close to replacing Paul Robinson in the England goal.

Robinson has produced a series of errors in an England shirt, the most recent being Wednesday's flap to gift Germany an equaliser at Wembley, and there have been calls for him to be replaced.

That would be likely to result in a return to the starting XI for James, who himself was dropped from the side after a high-profile mistake against Austria in World Cup qualification three years ago.

However, McClaren insists he is convinced about the abilities of the 37-year-old Portsmouth shot-stopper.

Bounce back

"If I had any doubts about David, I would not have brought him back in," said McClaren.

"His reaction since being left out of the squad has been very good.

"His form for Portsmouth last year and his performances so far this season have warranted him coming back into the squad."

McClaren, though, remains hopeful that Robinson has what it takes to bounce back from his latest error.

"Individual players have to be tough enough to take the rough with the smooth," McClaren added.

"When you get criticism which, no doubt, he will get, you have to take it and show your reaction on the park."