James: Fear not a factor

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David James has rejected Fabio Capello's claim that England played with fear in their disappointing 0-0 draw with Algeria.

Restored to Capello's starting line-up for the first time in over 14 months and making his first appearance in a World Cup game, there was little reason for the Portsmouth stopper to celebrate his clean sheet after a dire display from his team-mates.

In grasping for a reason why his players should perform so poorly, Capello claimed an element of fear had returned, but when this was put to James he retorted: "Did he? Arguably it is more frustration than fear."

He added: "You are usually playing matches when the opposition wants to win. It is very difficult when you are up against a side who seem not to want to lose.

"You are trying to work out the way to unlock a defence. They did what they needed to do. It was very frustrating."

It has been claimed that Capello's persistence in not telling his players the starting line-up until five minutes before they boarded the team bus for the stadium is undermining morale.

While not giving the impression of being a fan of such a selection policy, James refused to criticise it.

"The selection process is the same match after match and I found out five minutes before we left as usual," he said. "I prepared to play and did all the pre-match preparations which I needed to. Being selected was nice.

"I have been happy with it as a starting player and I have to accept it when I haven't started.

"Now the whole process goes on again for Wednesday. The fact I've played one game doesn't mean I'm guaranteed to play the next."

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