David James forced to auction off football memorabilia

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Former England international David James is set to auction off hundreds of football memorabilia collected during his career, after being declared bankrupt in May, according to the BBC.

The 44-year-old was capped 53 times by his country and is third in the list of all-time leading Premier League appearance makers with 572 in total. James enjoyed top-flight spells with Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City and Portsmouth – earning an estimated £20 million during a 25-year playing career in England.

The items up for auction are being sold through London-based auctioneer Hilco and bids will be accepted between 6th and 18th of November. Amongst the items are 150 signed shirts, shorts and match balls.

Also up for auction is James’ customised Vauxhall Astra van and his Raleigh Chopper bikes.

The goalkeeper - whose divorce from wife Tanya in 2005 is thought to have contributed to his financial plummet – is currently playing for and managing Kerala Blasters FC in the Indian Super League (ISL).

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Lee Hendry – Another former England international, ex-Villa Hendry earned £30,000-plus at the peak of his career. But after facing spiralling debts and repossessions – and twice trying to take his own life - he was declared bankrupt in January 2012.

Keith Gillespie – Gillespie earned over 80 caps for Northern Ireland and became one of the country’s most celebrated players. The former Newcastle United midfielder also rubbed shoulders with the likes of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Paul Scholes, playing in the 'golden generation' that won the 1992 Youth Cup. He was declared bankrupt in 2010 – largely down to gambling.

Eric Djemba-Djemba – Like Gillespie, this Cameroon international too had the privilege of calling the likes of Giggs and Scholes teammates, after signing for Manchester United in 2003. But the 33-year-old, who plays in the ISL for Chennaiyin FC, was declared bankrupt just four years after his 2005 move to Aston Villa.

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