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James, Johnson and Defoe in - Crouch misses out

David James, Glen Johnson and Jermain Defoe have all been included in Fabio Capello's squad for the England world cup qualifiers.

Whilst this Pompey trio are in for the games with Andorra - Saturday - and Croatia - a week Wednesday - Peter Crouch has again sadly been left out with Emile Heskey again preferred... This is disappointing, as whilst I understood his missing out last time I think he is slightly unlucky to miss out this time round to be honest, but there you go - Michael Owen has also missed out though.

Jimmy Bullard has been called up for the first time with Rob Green recalled and he will 'probably' vie with Paul Robinson to act as backup to no.1 James.

England squad to play Andorra and Croatia:
Robinson (Blackburn), James (Portsmouth), Green (West Ham); Lescott (Everton), Bridge (Chelsea), A Cole (Chelsea), Terry (Chelsea), Brown (Manchester United), Ferdinand (Manchester United), Johnson (Portsmouth), Upson (West Ham); Barry (Aston Villa), J Cole (Chelsea), Lampard (Chelsea), Bullard (Fulham), Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy), Downing (Middlesbrough), Bentley (Tottenham), Jenas (Tottenham); Walcott (Arsenal), Rooney (Manchester United), Defoe (Portsmouth), Heskey (Wigan).

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 31 2008

Time: 8:57PM

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so, it looks like defoe could get another england start, jamo probably will too, and after the lack of creatvity against the czechs (i think? - i didnt see the game), maybe johnson will start ahead of wes brown too. I feel sorry for crouch, however I am sure he will get recalled at some point, but he isn't playing that well. yet.
pompeycarpet
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31/08/2008 21:04:00

Crouch will have another chance. Playing well & scoring lots for Pompey is the incentive. Good to luck to the 3 Pompey lions.
storagematt
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31/08/2008 22:07:00

shame that he could not get in this time but yep, crouchy will be back...
defoe has a good chance of starting again against andorra for sure, with jamo likely to be the no.1 in both - johnson will probably have to settle for a place on the bench for 1 or both tho?
pompeyrug
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31/08/2008 22:53:00

I would expect he will start on the bench against croatia, as capello will probably want to play the "less risky" option of brown - but maybe against andorra, he will want the added creativity of johnson.
pompeycarpet
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31/08/2008 23:16:00

Heskey over Crouch (again), im quite surprised. But very glad to see our other lads in the squad. Crouchy will be back soon im sure. Chance for defoe to knock a few more in for club & country. I can see Brown being the starting choice, and Johnson possibly coming on as a sub in the second half. Jamo #1.
.Andrew.
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31/08/2008 23:32:00

Yeah I agree Andrew, but I think it's only a matter of time before Johnno makes that right back berth his own.. Wes Brown might have more experience at the mo but isn't half as good as Johnson... Crouchys time will come na dif he only has Heskey in his way I think that will be sooner rather than later..
Chix
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01/09/2008 07:50:00

Of course Crouchy will get another chance. Heskey is only a short gap fill in. And agree with above about Johnno if he continues like Saturday.
eastneydave
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01/09/2008 09:13:00

I just can't believe that Capello has only named three out and out strikers again. That is really strange and I think shows that he is relying on the midfield far to much.
sneakay
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01/09/2008 09:47:00

the only problem I can see about a 3-5-2 formation is that it could hurt johnsons england chances?
pompeycarpet
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01/09/2008 09:49:00

Johnson has alot more pace then Brown, so yeah, i agree with you Chix, he will make it his own over time. Although they both have the ability to score goals from nothing.
.Andrew.
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01/09/2008 11:36:00

maybe capello wants a 4-5-1 formation rather than the traditional 4-4-2
jbaker
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01/09/2008 16:29:00

No Owen so Jermain must have a great chance to start & Heskey can't keep out PC for long surely, hope Glen gets more time too,& Jamo must be a cert.
pompeyyong
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01/09/2008 21:27:00

 

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