England goalkeeper David Seaman says he has not yet decided whether to continue his international career with England.
The Arsenal goalkeeper is presently on holiday following England World Cup exit and says he will not make a final decision until he has consulted friends and family.
“I’ve had discussions with people that are close to me regarding my future with England. I’m just going to sit down over the summer and think what I want” he said.
Seaman had an outstanding World Cup but was caught out by Ronaldinho’s long-range free-kick during England’s quarter-final match against Brazil, and was clearly devastated after the game.
There have been calls for Seaman to make way for a younger player as the 38-year old is unlikely to be around for Euro 2004 in Portugal or World Cup 2006 in Germany.
“The next international campaign is two years long and whether I’ll last that long I don’t know” he said.
Coach Sven Goran Eriksson says that Seaman could go on playing for England, but the alternatives in goal for England don’t inspire confidence amongst many observers. Nigel Martyn is 34 and is also thought to be considering international retirement to concentrate on his club career, while West Ham’s David James has improved in recent years but is still prone to errors.
England have several promising young keepers such as Chris Kirkland of Liverpool and Paul Robinson of Leeds, but neither are first-team regulars at their clubs.