James, who has been a back-up keeper at the last two World Cup competitions, admitted everything he has done over the past year has been aimed at improving his chances of being Fabio CapelloÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first-choice keeper throughout the competition in South Africa.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was on the bike and all I was thinking was: Ã¢â‚¬ËœEngland, World Cup, England, World Cup,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬Â James told The Mirror.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“That was all I was thinking about.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Despite the strength of teams such as Spain and Brazil the Portsmouth keeper feels England can be successful in South Africa and said he wants to play a major part in the competition.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I genuinely believe England are going to be successful, I want that above everything else. I want to be part of that success so I want to be number one.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“A long time ago I stopped trying to second-guess people. I get stressed about Portsmouth losing and so I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t burdened myself with the extra stress of wondering whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in the mind of Fabio Capello.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been to two World Cups before and felt that with Dave Seaman and Paul Robinson I wanted to do everything to help them be ready for the game.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“But I was also thinking if either came off I wanted to come on. Or if something happens I want to be the keeper to play in the next game.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“But then the final whistle blows Ã¢â‚¬â€œ as it did last time against Portugal Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re devastated, even if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve not been playing. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve given so much commitment though to the squad, to the management and youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re gutted.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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