Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cech Says James Is England's Best

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cech Says James Is England's Best

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Byline: ANDREW HODGSON

PETR CECH today hailed David James as the best goalkeeper he has seen in England.

James has kept two clean sheets against Chelsea this season, helping Manchester City take four points off the Premiership leaders, and was the main reason for Sunday's goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.

He lost his England place following a howler in September's World Cup qualifier in Austria and is unlikely to be in starting line-up for tomorrow night's friendly against Holland at Villa Park.

Even so, the watching Sven-Goran Eriksson cannot fail to have been impressed by his performance against Chelsea.

And while Cech is the most consistent-goalkeeper in the Premiership this season, conceding only eight goals in 26 games, he believes James is the best of the rest.

"David James saved his team and he was the only reason we didn't win the game," Cech said. "He's the best I've seen this season. He put in a great performance in Manchester and was even better on Sunday. …

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