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Givens Move To City Is Bad News - David James

Givens Move To City Is Bad News - David James

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Portsmouth and Three Lions number one shot stopper David James believes Shay Given's transfer to Manchester City has worsened the problems affecting England's goalkeeping talent.

Givens arrival has pushed Joe Hart down the first team pecking order and James fears the 21-year-old's confidence and international prospects will have been dealt a massive blow.

'It's not his fault, but Shay Given's transfer to Manchester City is bad news for the future of English goalkeeping,' he told the Sunday Observer.

'It is great, for me personally, to see an older keeper making a high-profile move to as ambitious a club as Manchester City. However, it begs the question: what will happen to Joe Hart?'

'I've already backed Joe to be a key part of England's drive for success at the 2010 World Cup and beyond, but if he isn't getting games in the top flight his future could hang in the balance.'

'It will be tough for him. All season long Joe was number one at City, so what happens now? Will he be shifted to the bench, or farmed out on loan?'

'In either case Joe looks like to add to the grim statistics on number of first-choice England goalkeepers in our top two divisions. It is surprising how grim those stats are.'

There are currently 16 English goalkeepers playing in the top two divisions. Seven in the Premier League and nine in the Championship.

Date:Monday February 9 2009
Time: 10:13AM

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