David Happy At Home

David James says he was happy to have a peaceful evening on Wednesday - and continue to keep his Upton Park goal intact in the Premiership for 2002.

"It was a very quiet evening for me which was nice," he says. "The away form is not good enough so we are feeling the pressure at home.

"The other results went our way which took us to tenth and there is a two point gap between us and the next team, which is good, not to mention the fact that most teams have played the same amount of games.

"The next two games are very tough but with the form that we can produce it shouldn't be a big problem for us - it is just a case of producing it.

"We are playing our football, and Everton were obviously trying to stop the rot. The home form has been great with seven goals against in 14 games, eight wins and two defeats - you can't argue with that.

"We just need to do something in the away games."

Despite the last away game resulting in another defeat, and against the club he left for West Ham to boot, he insists he has no regrets about coming to east London.

"The reason I joined West Ham was to give my England chances a boost and Glenn Roeder offered me an environment which I felt would enhance my opportunities of playing for England in the World Cup finals," he says.

That looks certain to be the case, and he adds: "Before the last World Cup in France I was in the England squad with Glenn Hoddle and I was looking forward to going, thinking it'll be good doing this or that - but I didn't get in that squad, and then I was three days away from making my West Ham debut in August when I ended up in hospital after injuring my knee playing for England against Holland.

"I want to play of course, but you can't waste too much time speculating about it because you don't know what is round the corner."

Nonetheless, he feels that if he does go to Japan and Korea, he won't be the only West Ham player to do so.

"The youngsters, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole and Jermain Defoe, have all represented England at some level. At the beginning of the season people might have thought one or two of our players might appear in friendlies, but Joe has done very well and Michael has been a very valuable member of the squad," says David.

"There's Trevor Sinclair as well, and if they all keep on impressing, they have as good a chance as anyone of going to the World Cup - it's an exciting time for West Ham and England."

Both Paul Goddard and Glenn Roeder say that David is England's number one.

"I feel he is the best goalkeeper in the country," says Paul, and Glenn adds: "David James gives the defence confidence He is there to make a save when needs be and there is no doubt in my mind that he is the best goalkeeper in the Premiership."