Bristol’s James still holding England hopes

Bristol City goalkeeper David James is holding hope of again playing for England.

Bristol City goalkeeper David James is holding hope of again playing for England.

The 40-year old has played all 31 of the Robins’ Championship matches this season after ending his extensive Premier League career, for which he currently holds the games played record.

And he has made it clear that his national team ambitions are still well and truly there despite that fact he is now plying his trade in the second tier of English football.

“I genuinely live in hope. If I got to 54 caps, I’d be hoping for a 55th. I still have a hunger for success and that fire in my belly,” he said ahead of Friday’s clash with former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and Leicester City.

“I do have an eye on coaching and management and I want to take my coaching badges and move into that side of the game when I finish playing. But that is still very much in the future. At the moment, my focus is on playing.”

The former Watford, Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham United, Manchester City and Portsmouth man also said that he plans to keep playing as long as his body will allow him.

“I’d like to go on for as long as I’m wanted and fit. If I’m still playing well and enjoying it, then there is no reason why I shouldn’t continue,” he added.

“If there came a time when I was no longer so physically able, then I’d not want to do it.

“But I came to Bristol because I still had the desire to carry on playing and nothing’s changed.”

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