Bankrupt former England goalkeeper David James is being forced to auction off more than 150 signed shirts, shorts and match balls.
The 44-year-old in a fate that befalls majority international black sports superstars at the end of their careers was declared bankrupt despite earning around £20m during a football career that took in spells at Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham and Manchester City.
It has been reported that a costly divorce from wife Tanya in 2005 was one of the main reasons for his financial difficulties.
The lots due to be sold off at hilcoind.co.uk from 18 November include James’ goalkeeper’s jersey from England’s 4-1 thrashing by Germany in the 2010 World Cup second round.
Also on sale is the dark blue top he wore as an unused substitute in England’s 2006 World Cup quarter-final penalty shoot-out defeat to Portugal.
An England shirt from between 2005 and 2007, signed by teammates such as Wayne Rooney, is among the collection.
James’ FA Cup final Portsmouth top is also available, as are signed shirts from his time at Liverpool during the 1990s and, inexplicably, Phil Neville’s shirt from England’s 2004 European Championship win against Switzerland. Reuters