England Number One Injured, time to Call in Spaniard Almunia?

Injury to David James could force Fabio into action on this long debated issue.

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James will undergo a shoulder operation on Wednesday that will rule him out of England’s World Cup qualifiers in June.
James missed Pompey’s 3-1 win over Sunderland and will now be unavailable for England’s games against Kazakhstan on 6 June and Andorra four days later. (BBC Sport)

So could the injury problems relating to the serial bumbler James give the green light to a potential cap to Arsenal’s Spanish keeper? Well apparently the only thing standing in the way of such an eventuality is a gentleman’s agreement between the four home nations stating they would not call up Foreign Nationals to their ranks, something Scotland apparently considered doing by considering selecting Rangers striker Nacho Novo. But who knows perhaps Fabio Capello would decided to rip up that agreement in favour of bringing in a keeper who is pretty solid.

There are of course a few other candidates for the custodian’s position who were born in England but the idea of bringing in Paul Robinson will send shivers down many a spine regardless of the fact that he has been in impressive form for Blackburn this season (a claim not helped by the fact the he has conceded more goals than anyone in the Premier League bar Scott Carson).

Who would England fans like to see take the keepers gloves for the upcoming qualifiers?

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