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FIFA World Cup 2010: David James To Start in Goal for England Against Algeria

Tom BiggsContributor IJune 18, 2010

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 17:  David James of England in action during training ahead of their Group C match against Algeria at the Green Point Stadium on June 17, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Speculation is rife among journalists that David James will start in goal against Algeria tonight.

The 39-year-old James was nothing more than a spectator on Saturday when Robert Green's costly error allowed USA to come away with a 1-1 draw.

Many suspected that Green would keep his place, with Fabio Capello—who only names the squad two hours before the game—assessing him in training throughout the week.

It emerged earlier today that Capello had been disappointed with Green after training in Cape Town on Thursday night.

Reportedly, Green continued to fumble routine shots in practice with Ray Clemence, and now Capello has decided to go with the experienced head of James.

James, Portsmouth Number One, received the No. 1 jersey in the England squad and was expected to start. But Capello clearly was undecided and chose Green ahead of him on Saturday.

Reports suggested James had a slight injury, which he himself was quick to dismiss, and now he looks set to start ahead of both Green and Joe Hart.

Opinion is divided among fans, some feeling Green deserves another chance, especially after his wonderful second half save from Jozy Altidore.

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Others feel it's time to go with experience, and James would never have made the error had he been in goal against the USA.

Hart would be the surprise choice ahead of the game tonight, but has been in the best form this season, and surely deserves his chance after performing well in the friendlies.

Capello will welcome back Gareth Barry to the heart of the midfield, which suggests captain Steven Gerrard will move out to the left.

The other selection problem for the England manager is who partners Wayne Rooney upfront. Emile Heskey linked up well against USA, but again failed to find the goal, after missing a glorious chance.

Jermain Defoe, who didn't feature in the opening game, is the other one in the pipeline to start against Algeria, and Capello must decide between Heskey's power and Defoe's pace.

After Green's error, we are no closer to knowing who England's No. 1 is, which can only continue to put more and more pressure on the shoulders of three keepers. Whoever handles the pressure best surely has to start tonight against Algeria.