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James England career over?

Englands recent tour of America where they played (or faced off if we are getting all American here) against the USA and Colombia was largely a forgetfull affair with several withdrawals (including our very own SWP) from the original squad.
However, it did give David James a chance to reclaim the number 1 jersey following the injury to Paul Robinson who supplanted him between the sticks following James' howler against Austria last autmun.
James has been in superb form for City again this season, behind a miserly back four that was the catalyst for our largely succesful season, but seems to be a target for the tabloid media here in England who love to villify him at every opportunity and put the nortoriously fickle City fans to shame with their opinion of him.
And so it was again this weekend as James played the full game in the 2-1 victory over the USA and the first half of the 4-2 victory over Colombia. To be fair, he didn't turn in the most assured of performances but I don't subscribe to the view that he was at fault for any of the goals, but again seemed to be the target for the press and in particular the BBC commentator John Motson, who was quick to criticise James at every opportunity.
Unfortunately, Sven does seem to pander to the media and I felt his dropping of James initially was to satisfy the blood lust of the Fleet Street hacks. I know James is proud to play for England and intends to fight for his place in the line-up but I can't see any way back for him after the last couple of games. For me, he needed to turn in two exceptional performances to even silence his detractors. He will probably remain in the squad certainly until the World Cup next summer but then I expect one of the crop of younger keepers such as Green or Kirkland to move up and take his place.
It's a shame for him, but like most City fans it's what he does for us that we are bothered about.