James questions Pompey players' agenda

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Portsmouth goalkeeper David James believes some of his team-mates may be playing for a move away from Fratton Park, rather than concentrating on saving the club from relegation.

Pompey go into the weekend fixtures in 17th, ahead of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone only on goal difference.

James told Setanta Sports News: "You have to look at the personnel - not ability-wise, but the agenda of any individual in the side. Come the end of May, when the season finishes, there's a fair few of our team who will no longer be Portsmouth players."

He added: "So the threat of relegation is more about failure during one season, as opposed to the consequences the following season.

"If you're going to be part of this team next year then there's always a chance that, with relegation, you're going to be playing in the Championship.

"If you're not, then you might be considering a move elsewhere and the impact of relegation isn't so great.

"We're in a position where people have to consider what's happening next season and with the uncertainty caused by the position we're in, it's understandable."

The England goalkeeper is keen to avoid a repeat of his experience from 2003 when he was relegated with West Ham.

"I have told them, in no uncertain terms, it's not a good feeling to go down," he said.

"We're not too good to avoid going down - we have to perform. I think we've got enough quality in the side not to go down. I don't see us going down."

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