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Portsmouth keeper James: Houllier changed my thinking

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James has revealed how his former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier changed his way of thinking about keeper rivals.

"My philosophy towards other keepers changed when Gerard Houllier ordered me to shake Brad Friedel's hand at Liverpool," James recalled to the People.

"It changed the way I acted as a person towards team-mates. At the time, I thought 'Why has he bought you, Brad? You've come here to take my place'.

"But Houllier forced me to shake his hand when I'd rather have shaken him by the throat ... and he was right.

"When you were out of the team you'd think 'I hope the keeper does this or that and then I get a chance' but then, ultimately, the team suffers.

"So as I have aspirations of playing for England in the European Championship Finals then it requires England to win qualifying games, and if Robbo is No.1 in those qualifying games then everything I do has to be geared towards England winning."

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