James remains hopeful of an England recall, himself.
And he wrote in his column for the Observer: “How good Joe is reminds me of an episode of ‘Come Dine With Me’. Some bloke got 39 points the other week, the highest ever score. But the woman who came after him got 37 – people said they marked her down because she wasn’t as good as the bloke before her.
“The England keeper contest is no different, Joe is so talented that he makes everyone else look below par. That perspective is going to be exaggerated with two more England keepers just relegated.”