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James not about to call it quits

David James had admitted that whoever takes over England might see differently but he has no intension of calling time on his international career, and as he told the Daily Mirror he is looking to be at the 2010 world cup finals: 'with a new manager coming in I am not sure about my future with the national team.

'If the opportunity arises to continue with England then I am certainly going to take it.

'The new boss will look at his options and decide who he wants in his squad. He has time because the next competitive game is not until next autumn'.

People constantly look to his age - 37 - as being a factor to work against him, but with this age comes immense experience that could and should be passed onto the upcoming potential future no.1's, who as good as most are are all lacking just that - experience.

Sure, the only way for them to gain this is to play but if James is still the best - as I believe he is - then he would be my no.1 for England - they could then learn from and pressure him - up to and including the next world cup, as I have said several times recently.

If whoever comes in is a sound and just manager then my thinking is his age will not be held against him and current club form will be the defining factor - as it always should be, but rarely was under Spineless Steve.

In other James related news, he has picked up his first piece of silverware for the season - lets hope there is more to come! - after being named footballer of the year in the annual BBC south sports awards.

He has gained this in recognition of this stunning form for Pompey over the past year, a year that also saw him break the record for the most clean sheets set in the premier league.

Pedro Mendes picked up this award last year.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 4 2007

Time: 1:29PM

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I think he will be included in the squad, but I just don't see him starting way too many games. I think he may take on the mentor role for the younger keepers in the squad, besides being 37 I think it is better for Pompey that he doesnt play for England, he will be more fit in league games.
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04/12/2007 15:10:00

Despite his age, there can't be any question about his fitness. I hope whoever takes over England sees him as the number one shirt up until the end of the world cup, but I also think a mentoring role for younger English keepers might suit him as well.
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04/12/2007 15:20:00

if he is still performing as a no.1 then i would be more than happy for him to be both for club and country - you wouldnt think that jamo was 37 would you really? as we all know goalkeepers can play on much longer than outfield players and even some in the mid-late 30s are as fit, lean, keen and eager as the youngsters... if he is still the best i would want him in the squad - but wouldnt see the point of him being there as a 'senior figure' to help out the youngsters, as that should be a goalkeeping coaches job shouldnt it...
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04/12/2007 15:25:00

David James is an immense figure in footall and deserves recognition. I agree with the idea that he should act as mentor to young goalies as the very best English goal keeper in the world. Also he has great potential as a TV pundit/summeriser being inteligent, knowledgeable and charismatic. He has, in a few months, become impossible to replace at the club and there is little more you can say about someone than that. He has assumed the mantle of Mr Pompey and I am so glad he is with us. Play up Jamo. What a guy.
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04/12/2007 22:16:00

you have summed things up perfectly mate - i always thought that jamo was a good keeper but until he came here didnt realise he was a fantastic keeper!
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04/12/2007 23:39:00

Sounds good to me. If he is good enough for England in the coming years, then he is good enough for Pompey.
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05/12/2007 14:30:00

Dino Zoff the italian keeper picked up the World Cup at the age of 40 .. why not Jamo... don't think it'll happen though whoever coes in is going to think Carson, Green, Robinson.. Sad but true...
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