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By ESPN Staff

James hoping Eriksson opts to take Pompey job

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James wants Sven-Goran Eriksson to take the reigns at Fratton Park and believes the former England boss can steer the club to Premier League safety.

James, 38, describes Eriksson as the second best England manager he has played for - behind current boss Fabio Capello - and would welcome working with the Swede again.

Eriksson is currently manager of Mexico but one win in five has seen his position come under threat.

"Somebody of his calibre would be a tremendous acquisition for us,'' James said. "Having a former England manager as manager of Portsmouth I'm sure is something that the fans would never have envisaged.''

Brian Kidd has arrived to assist caretaker manager Paul Hart, while Eriksson continues to be linked with a return to the Premier League after leaving Manchester City last summer.

"Football is a big sport and, face it, sometimes it's not a friend of patience,'' Eriksson said.

James was in Seville this week with England and played 45 minutes in yesterday's 2-0 defeat by Spain.

"Spain proved why they are the best team in Europe at the moment,'' he said. "Some of their passing was particularly good. Just the energy and pace they had was particularly good.

"It was easy to assume we were going to get beaten when you see how good the teams are above us but they capitalised on an opportunity in the first half.

"The manager did say from the beginning, 'This is the best team in Europe, if not one of the best teams in the world, it's important that we see what we are up against'.

"And for the best part of the match, we did ourselves proud.''

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