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James, Johnson and Defoe feature for England

Who would have thought we would see the day when not one, not two but three Pompey players all represented England on the same night?

Well that night was tonight as David James, Glen Johnson and Jermain Defoe all pulled on the three lions shirts in the 2-0 win over America.

And what is more at one point all of them were on the pitch at the same time!

James and Defoe started the game - James had little to do, but what he did he did well whereas Defoe really should have scored at least once I reckon, but he was probably trying to hard having been given the chance he has been craving, although I thought his movement was top class throughout. He also played his part in the 2nd England goal before being replaced by a man who may very well soon become his Pompey strike partner Peter Crouch...

Johnson came on as a 2nd half sub and did ok, making a few runs forward and getting in a few timely tackles.

I would expect the entire Pompey contingent to make the cut going to Trinidad so I suspect there is a good chance that we will see most, if not all play a part again at the weekend - what price all 3 starting the game?

I think we have tonight witnessed a piece of history by seeing 3 Pompey players on the pitch at the same time for England?

I cannot say for sure that this is the case but I reckon there is a good chance it has not been done before - although I have little or no doubt eastneydave can and will confirm this...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 28 2008

Time: 10:31PM

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I think defoe played well, he got in the right positions, but he hasnt scored now for 5 games...
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28/05/2008 22:35:00

Defoe did well, James is a spud.....nuff said
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28/05/2008 22:38:00

thanks for that constructive description of by far the best keeper in England marron.....crawl back to your cave hey.
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29/05/2008 00:20:00

I thought it was great. My heart went out to Defoe - he should have scored, he could have scored. Never mind, he really played well. As for David James - nothing tosay really except Englands No 1. Glen Johnston Class as always.
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29/05/2008 01:06:00

I think you are wrong here Pompeyrug, I am sure you will find that Dickinson, Phillips(or Frogatt) and Harris played for England in 2/3 matches in the early 50's. Otherwise a good article yet again.
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29/05/2008 08:16:00

PompeyKev, I do not think so.
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29/05/2008 08:21:00

It would appear from other boards that I am wrong as well, so I stand corrected. In which case this is even more fantastic.PUP
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29/05/2008 10:40:00

If Crouch signs could we see 4 Pompey England players? Amazing!
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29/05/2008 11:28:00

At 21.20 last night I posted in the forum 'Johnson on for Brown and now for the first time in history Pompey have three players in the England side'. As always you heard it first on Vital Pompey!!
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29/05/2008 13:07:00

Dare I say it possibly Crouch & WrightPhillips next season 5 for England well you never know.
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29/05/2008 20:42:00

Being in Malta at another family meal, you don't refuse the offer, I saw bits of the first 20 mins only. I didn't know Glen came on or we had 3 on at the same time. That sends a huge message to the English players how won't play for the big 4 but want to play at a top club, LIKE OURS.
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