David James emerges as favourite

  • By: James Riach
  • Last Updated: June 18 2010, 11:33 BST

Speculation has mounted suggesting goalkeeper David James is set to replace Robert Green for England's game against Algeria.

James - could face Algeria.

Green was guilty of a horrendus error in the Three Lions' opening World Cup clash against the USA, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Stand-in captain Steven Gerrard had given England an early lead in Rustenburg, but Green spilled a long-range Clint Dempsey effort into his own net and neither side could add to the score.

It was a moment that will forever haunt the West Ham shot-stopper, but the 30-year-old is rumoured to have responded well in training this week.

However, Green reportedly appeared nervous in front of the media at open training at the ground on Thursday, fumbling two shots from coach Ray Clemence in one of the early drills.

And with England needing a win against the North Africans in Cape Town, reports are emerging that Fabio Capello is set to switch the man between the sticks and opt for James, while Joe Hart will remain on the bench.

James, 39, was handed the No.1 jersey by Capello when the Italian named his squad numbers for the tournament, but missed out on the America clash.

Certain quarters suggested the Portsmouth keeper did not play because of doubts over his fitness, while others claim Green was merely the preferred choice.

If James does start against the Desert Foxes it raises question marks over Green's international future under Capello, even though he played the majority of games during the World Cup qualifying campaign.