The 50-cap England international about to continue his career in the remotest of destinations

David James

Former Watford, Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham United, Manchester City, Portsmouth and Bristol City goalkeeper David James is on the verge of joining former team-mate Hermann Hreidarsson in Iceland after his release by Bournemouth. Could any more of the clubs FA Cup heroes be on their way?

42-years-old he may well be but David James is still in terrific shape for his advancing years. This is of course a player who extended his international career well into its advent at the FIFA World Cup in 2010.

So the oldest World Cup debutant he may also be but while others may start considering wrapping up their career at his ripe old age James has so far been reluctant to call time on his career; presumably because he still feels he is capable of performing at the level necessary.

The former Watford, Liverpool, Aston Villa and West Ham United stopper has left Bournemouth by mutual consent this week after losing his place in the side since the return of Eddie Howe to The Cherries.

Howe had reinstated his former stopper Shwan Jalal as number one since his arrival at Dean Court and also brought in Ryan Alsop from Leyton Orient and many Bournemouth fans believe that perhaps James was too big a character in the dressing room to have sitting in the stands; indeed a poor run of form has recently seen Howe’s men drop from automatic promotion spots to outside of the playoffs.

Yet this is a stopper with over 50 international caps and the all-time record appearance holder in the Premier League.

Some wishful Portsmouth fans have been hoping of a return to Fratton Park for one of their greatest ever players. When the club went bust James was one of the first players to try everything in his power to accommodate the clubs needs with his own personal ones which has made him an unflappably popular player on the South Coast.

However it seems like another former Pompey stalwart has his own ideas for James.

Because it is being widely reported that James will continue his illustrious playing career for IÞrottabandalag Vestmannaeyja, or to mere mortals like me and you IBV.

The Icelandic side currently play in the top tier of the country and finished an excellent third placed last season.

As of the 2013 season IBV will be managed by its most famous son Hermann Hreidarsson; with whom James played for five years at Fratton Park.

Hreidarsson is expected to be a player-manager at the club for the season that starts in May and the hope is that James will be their goalkeeper for the campaign.

He would not be the first England international to ply his trade in Iceland. Lee Sharpe played for Grindavik in 2003 while less illustrious Englishman like former Chelsea trainee Sam Tillen and former Crewe Alexandra player Matt Garner both currently play in the country.

IBV are hoping to challenge for the title this season and it will be interesting to see if Hreidarsson can convince any of his other former Pompey team-mates to come and help them along their way.

Nwankwo Kanu and Papa Bouba Diop are both free agents so watch this space…?

images: © joncandy, © Ben Sutherland

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