James keen to follow Spanish example

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David James believes Spain's stunning triumph at Euro 2008 can act as the spur for England to conquer the world in South Africa next year.

Like England, Spain had been viewed as serial underachievers at international level until they emerged victorious in Vienna, Fernando Torres netting the only goal against Germany.

"The build-up around Spain having got there after so long without success was quite compelling because it is so similar with England," James said ahead of England's friendly in Seville next Wednesday.

"That side of it gave us a bit of hope and playing Spain now is a good test for us. We've got a fantastic manager and he's given us belief, which is perhaps what was missing before.

"The aim is the World Cup in 2010 but we know the focus, once this friendly is out of the way, has to be the rest of the qualifying campaign."

Capello will announce his squad on Saturday night after a telephone conversation with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson about Wayne Rooney.

The striker has not featured since pulling a hamstring against Wigan and will only be involved at West Ham on Sunday as a substitute.

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