Portsmouth's England goalkeeper David James insists the timing was right to undergo surgery on his shoulder problem.
The club's Barclays Premier League future is now secure for another season and even though James will miss two World Cup qualifiers for England next month, he believes it was the perfect opportunity to finally sort out the injury.
"It's something I've had for about 18 months, but I've been able to play with it," explained James.
"I'll miss a couple of World Cup matches, but it's a good time to have the operation. I always trust that England can do well - even without me!"
Begovic is in line to retain his place for the final match of the season at Wigan on Sunday.
In the meantime, right-back Glen Johnson has been named the players' player of the year along with a similar accolade from the fans.
Johnson also picked up the 'goal of the season' crown too following his wonder strike against Hull at Fratton Park.
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