James back in training for England

Published Jun. 5, 2010 5:45 a.m. EDT

England goalkeeper David James has returned to training, providing the team with a boost a day after captain Rio Ferdinand was lost for the World Cup with a left knee injury.

The 39-year-old James emerged at the start of Saturday's session after being restricted to the gym with knee problems the previous day.

Ferdinand's roster replacement, Tottenham center back Michael Dawson, joined the team after flying into Johannesburg on Saturday morning. Dawson started training by doing light jogging.

Ledley King, whose chronic knee problems restrict his training between matches, worked on his own in the gym. Defender Matthew Upson was missing because of a fever.


England's World Cup campaign opens next Saturday against the United States.