James unsure on England's keeper choice - but midfielder makes the cut
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Sunday 30 May 2010 21:51:00
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David James says well-organised England can win the World Cup – but he is still not sure if he will be in the starting line-up.

The Pompey keeper played the first half of the unconvincing 2-1 win over Japan and speaking afterwards he was non-committal about his chances of being Fabio Capello’s No1 in South Africa. It came as another Pompey player’s place in his nation’s final 23 was confirmed.


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Asked about Capello’s choice of who of James, Robert Green or Joe Hart woud be in goal, James said: ‘I personally think he may have decided before these two games. As keepers, no-one’s been told, so it will be a waiting game for us.

‘But I’m sure he knows what he wants to do.The squad will work and whoever has chosen will be part of an organised squad.’

Probed as to whether he thought England could win the trophy, he told the BBC: ‘I think we have as good a chance as any. There’s some very decent opposition – the USA turning round a 1-0 deficit against Turkey shows their intent so it’s not going to be easy.

‘But I’m sure we’ll be organized and an organized team can be a threat.’

Meanwhile, Ghana have selected Prince Boateng for their final squad of 23. Ghana will compete in Group D in South Africa alongside Germany, Serbia and Australia.

But Boateng may not be a Pompey player by then, with the Fratton Park administrators keen to slash the wage bill before the tournament kicks off by selling the likes of Boateng and Algeria’s Nadir Belhadj.

Avram Grant, set to be installed at West Ham this week, is heading the queue of those interested in Boateng and may even beat Pompey to one of their choice of successors to him, Steve Cotterill.

Grant is reportedly interested in having Cotterill as his assistant at Upton Park, but may turn to Paul Groves and Ian Woan if he is unsuccessful in recruiting the ex-Burnley and Notts County boss.

In other transfer news, Celtic are said to be interested in taking Papa Bouba Diop to Glasgow – another of the Blues’ higher earners. Pompey want at least £500,000 for the midfielder.

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