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James insists there's no crisis

June 20, 2010
By Soccernet staff

England goalkeeper David James insists there are no rifts within the England camp and any issues will be sorted out during Sunday's team meeting with coach Fabio Capello.

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"The invitation has been there before for senior players to be allowed to comment to the manager,'' he said. ''If people have got a problem and something to say, then say it. We will, I'm sure, say what we need to say.

"We have a group of players who want to win games and haven't. To say we're happy would be wrong. If things are said it doesn't need to be a situation, where all of a sudden, there's a crisis going on.

"We've got confidence in our ability to beat Slovenia, a confident group of players who think they can get through to the next stage and that's the most important thing.''

James has dismissed reports he has a problem with Capello's policy in announcing his side two hours before kick-off.

He said: "I'm surprised that you've even mentioned it in such a way. The selection process has been the same since the first game, Switzerland in a friendly at Wembley two years ago, something I feel is decent. You train before a match as if you are going to play. The situation the week before against the United States, I didn't know if I was going to play.

"I wanted to play, obviously, I was ready to play. When you don't, you initially feel a frustration or whatever, which is understandable. For two minutes you have that feeling and then it's 'right, we've got a game to play, not a problem'.

"Well, as with the remarks about my disapproval to the selection process, there's a buzz about anything if you want to go and find it. The camp's good, we're confident we can win on Wednesday and this is one of the beauties of World Cup. It essentially gives people an opportunity to speculate.

"I think the difficulty is for anybody to expect things to be anything different than it has been in the last two years - the selection process, the training process. We're allowed to play golf, although I don't myself, but things haven't changed in two years, other than perhaps the fact that we haven't won these two games which people expected us to.''