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James: I'll be fit for World Cup

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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."

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