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Is there any better illustration of the clarity and confidence that can come with age than David James? His dissection of Premier League overseas matches outside his side's dressing-room on Saturday night took in the environmental effects of air travel and the 37-year-old goalkeeper's views on his own England career were no less assured after another match-defining performance.

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