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David James: I'd never retire from England duty

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James played in England's 4-1 defeat to Germany at the 2010 World Cup (©GettyImages)
James played in England's 4-1 defeat to Germany at the 2010 World Cup (©GettyImages).

David James has revealed that he would never take himself out of contention for the England National team.

"Your country selects you, in my eyes, and if they need you, then you have to be ready to serve," said the veteran goalkeeper, speaking on BT Sport 1's The Clare Balding Show.

The 43-year-old played for over 800 league games for teams across England, including giants Liverpool and Manchester City, before finishing his career in Iceland in 2013.

But his comments on The Clare Balding Show would suggest that he would never make himself unavailable to play for England.

"I came away from the 2010 World Cup a physically damaged player." he said. "Because of the amount of commitment I had to give."

James had replaced Robert Green after England's opening fixture against the United States, in which Green's poor handling cost England, conceding a tame Clint Dempsey shot.

"I was 38 years old, the training was hard and Fabio Capello’s ethos was if you don’t train you don’t play." He told Balding. "Hard, hard, hard training and, physically, I was damaged afterwards."

England crashed out in the knockout stages to Germany, losing 4-1.

But despite the physical trials and disappointment of the World Cup, James said he would always be available to serve his country.

He added: "I would never change my approach and, in a sense, no I would not retire."

David James was speaking on The Clare Balding Show, to see the full interview tune in to BT Sport 1 at 9pm on Saturday 18th January.

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