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James ordered to concentrate on Pompey

September 2, 2009

Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie has challenged England goalkeeper David James to "knuckle down and work hard" after a move away to Tottenham and a reunion with Harry Redknapp failed to materialise.

David James
GettyImages / JoePeplerDavid James: Not able to engineer a move away from Fratton Park
The 39-year-old, who has also lost his place in Fabio Capello's England squad while he recovers from shoulder surgery, has become increasingly disillusioned with life on the south coast following a difficult 18 months for Pompey, both on and off the field.

"David has got to knuckle down and work hard," Storrie said in the Portsmouth News. "He may be the England goalkeeper, but we have got a lot of talented goalkeepers here. "David has got competition, believe me. Asmir has grown in stature every time he has played and Antti Niemi is not far from fitness. We have also got Jamie Ashdown."

Storrie added: "David has said things and most of those conversations have been with Paul. Let's just say they have had discussions. As far as we are concerned, he is under contract and here to give 100% to Portsmouth Football Club. If he does not want that he has to tell us that."

Storrie revealed there had been nothing more than tentative inquiries for James. "We didn't actually get any offers for him," he said. "There was interest from Spurs as I understand it, but we had no direct offer. They wanted to trade Carlo Cudicini, but that wasn't anything which interested us. Now David's here to stay and it's up to him to get on with things."

Pompey were one of the busiest clubs during the closing days of the transfer window, adding a number of players to what had looked a threadbare squad.