James Faces Brazil

Friday 26 May 2006

Chris James has been called up to the New Zealand squad ahead of the All Whites' match against Brazil in Geneva on Monday, June 5th.

The fixture could see the young Fulham midfielder lining up against the likes of Kaka, Ronaldinho, and Ronaldo as Brazil look set to field a strong side in their final match before the FIFA World Cup.

It would certainly be a baptism of fire for James, who only recently decided to switch allegiances from England back to his native New Zealand.

"I made the decision about a month ago," he told fulhamfc.com. "I spoke to the New Zealand manager, Ricki Herbert, we spoke about what games are coming up and I thought it was about time I changed back and played for the country of my birth. It's a good step in the right direction and I'm hoping to learn a lot.

"I've been waiting for my international clearance to come through, it's taken a little while so that's why I missed out on a few other games. Hopefully I can go there, not make up the numbers and get into the team.

"I'm not too sure what to expect but I've spoken to the Manager and there are a lot of good players in the team."