Unfinished World Cup business
Wednesday, 07 October, 2009
David James says he has unfinished business when it comes to the World Cup.
England and Portsmouth goalkeeper David James says that he has a score to settle at the World Cup, having yet to play in the pinnacle of international football.
James has returned to the squad for the first time since April having recovered from injury, and he says playing in South Africa is his ultimate aim.
"I've never played in a World Cup and my most frustrating moment was when David Seaman was injured [in Japan 2002] and Nigel Martyn was told to warm-up, so there is unfinished business for me.
"I am confident England can be be successful and I believe in Mr Capello and I wouldn't put myself forward to play if I couldn't play a part in the squad so competition is helpful. I am here because I think I can offer a very decent performance and we don't want players dragging along."
Robert Green has been England's number one in the five games that James has missed, but the Pompey stopper says it is up to Capello who will play.
"I'm in the squad so I have a chance to play and now the manager decides who plays. The outcome of the match is the most important thing.
"I am 100 per cent ready for games in terms of my fitness - I have just had to adjust some of my training."
Finally, James says that nothing will change in England's approach to Saturday's game now that qualification for the World Cup is assured.
"All Croatians will become England fans on Saturday, but Ukraine already know they are up against a side that wants to win every game in the qualification process. Mr Capello has made it clear to us that we will be going there to improve on our last performance and win."
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