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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 September 2005, 05:31 GMT 06:31 UK
James still sure of England place
David James
Manchester City goalkeeper David James says he expects to be in Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad if England qualify for next year's World Cup finals.

The 35-year-old was dropped following an error-strewn display in last month's 4-1 friendly defeat by Denmark.

But James believes Eriksson would be "silly" to go to Germany without him as his experience could be invaluable.

"I still see myself as part of the Cup squad. Sven definitely hasn't shut the door," James added in the People.

Tottenham's Paul Robinson is now established as England's number one.

And James concedes the Spurs man is worthy of that position.

But he feels Robinson lacks international experience as does Liverpool's Chris Kirkland, on loan at West Brom, and Norwich's Robert Green - two other contenders for the role.

"Paul Robinson is playing so well, hasn't made a mistake for England yet and he is the number one," James said.

"And I agree that Sven has to look at the two younger lads.

"If I am not in the frame despite having 33 caps, then the manager has to look at other keepers.

"He could easily have said 'David, you're 35, thanks a lot but we are looking to the future'.

"But he told me I'm still part of his plans and I'm confident I can put him in a position where he thinks I'm good enough to be included.

"In my view it would be silly to think England would go to a World Cup with goalkeepers who have so little international experience.

"I'm planning to go. I just can't guarantee it."



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