FOOTBALL : England goalkeeper David James expects to be fully fit for next summer’s World Cup.
England goalkeeper David James expects to be fully fit for next summer’s World Cup.
The 39-year-old missed Saturday’s friendly against Brazil because of an ongoing knee problem, which has also seen him given a special training routine which gives him time off on Mondays.
“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.
“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.”