Early reports suggest that Fabio Capello will replace the hapless Rob Green with David James as England’s goalkeeper for the Group C match against Algeria.
This is good news for fans of the Portsmouth goalkeeper’s many and varying hairstyles who will hope that he has a new ‘do ready for his first appearance in South Africa.
To celebrate we rate the goalkeeper’s top 10 previous hairstyles.
In David James’ world, this bouncy Afro is a standard Wednesday afternoon hairstyle.
Even the greats have bad hair days.
Thank goodness for baseball caps.
A bottle of bleach and hold the scissors thank you barber.
James rocks a blond ‘fro.
Very few men can get away with cornrows.
Snoop Dogg is about the only one who can, but then Snoop usually gets away with just about anything.
A number one all over with a dash of bleach.
Doesn’t the England goalkeeper look a bit like a young Marlon Brando in this picture?
Cornrows are featured frequently in James’ repertoire of hairstyles.
Here he accessories with a nifty mustache.
There is a thin line between looking good and looking stupid.
That thin line below his lip certainly crosses it.
Just to note David: short curly blond hair is usually the preserve of middle-aged women.
By the way, this photograph was taken through the goal net. James wasn’t sent to prison for that haircut.
Just when you thought there was nowhere to go with cornrows, James busts out the blond zigzags.
Is there no end to the man’s hair-based innovation?
James channels Superman with this retro 'do.
Of course if people are calling you Superman, then you better play at your best.
Otherwise you will be more like Clark Kent.
So far the England goalkeeper has been sporting his tried and tested cornrows in South Africa.
But he probably has his barber on standby at the team hotel and may emerge today with a new World Cup hairstyle.
This vital question will be answered shortly.