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Show us this man Shilts and your wish is granted!

To be honest with you I am not entirely sure that the way The News is portraying what England legend Peter Shilton has 'said' regarding David James' position with England, and what is should be, was said quite as they put it across, or if it was even the whole of what he said, but 'if' dropping James is the way forward for England I would be surprised...

The News' spin is that Shilton has called for England to 'axe James' but I am not convinced this is exactly what he is saying: 'every international keeper is going to make mistakes, but the best ones make fewer.

'With David James and Paul Robinson that is why they both lost their spot when they had it, because they made mistakes in two or three games in succession which got them out of the England team.

'That is the worrying thing with both of them - they can both be terrific goalkeepers ability-wise, but there is always that element of risk and silly mistakes.

'I would like to see a young goalkeeper now in the next few games.'

To me, these very comments bare 'remarkable resemblance' to comments made some months ago by Shilton, so chances are they are just rehashed and reused, and were elsewhere before this...

I am not convinced that even if they are 'fresh' they are actually saying James should be 'axed?'

Like most rational people, and maybe Shilts is not rational, it would appear that he is simply saying what most people with an interest in England are saying 'we need some pressure put on him' as he cannot go on forever with England can he - if he makes it to the world cup in 2010, which he could and probably should, that will almost certainly be it for him and England.

Lets just say, for arguments sake, that Shilts was saying 'we should drop James', who the hell are we going to drop him for?

He would have a short memory, as the last time we 'looked to move forward' by throwing in a rookie in one of the countries most important games for many a year it backfired horribly when Steve McClown called on Scott Carson - a move that probably set him back years, if he will ever recover from this to an international standard!

Carson has been mentioned, Chris Kirkland cannot keep himself fit enough for long enough to do this, Paul Robinson, well is just Paul Robinson, Rob Green although a top keeper does not have that 'something' about him for me and Paul Hart and Ben Foster - the best around for sure - are not even no.1's at their clubs, so how can they be the nations no.1...

Friendlies are the ideal time to look at new players, and I agree that the keepers should be looked at, but these are a far cry from a crucial world cup qualifiers or major finals games - experience that James has with and can cope with, for me 'experimenting' too much in this area 'post world cup' seems unlikely, yep we start looking at options but the change surely has to come for the next qualifying campaign England embark on, the quest to get to Euro 2012, and not the 2010 world cup finals themselves?

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 25 2009

Time: 11:37AM

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Paul Hart is in for England Goalkeeper?! I'm sure Joe Hart will have something to say about that!! Seriously though - I think James is the only decent keeper England have. When he retires, I think we'll be up poo creek without a paddle, because in my opinion, other than Robinson there is no real English keeper threatening him for Number 1 spot.
PFCGino
Paul Hart is in for England Goalkeeper?! I'm sure Joe Hart will have something to say about that!! Seriously though - I think James is the only decent keeper England have. When he retires, I think we'll be up poo creek without a paddle, because in my opinion, other than Robinson there is no real English keeper threatening him for Number 1 spot.
PFCGino
Yeah, this is a rehash of an old article. Sure, Jamo can't go on forever but there certainly isn't anybody to replace him at the moment. As for mistakes, what keeper doesn't make them ?? Your out there on your own for the world to see, there's nobody to hide behind. Shilton certainly made a few if my memory serves me right. People will always go back to that old "Calamity" tag, although Jamo has more than proved himself since. Carry on David James you're still the best...
cornypomp
Yeah, this is a rehash of an old article. Sure, Jamo can't go on forever but there certainly isn't anybody to replace him at the moment. As for mistakes, what keeper doesn't make them ?? Your out there on your own for the world to see, there's nobody to hide behind. Shilton certainly made a few if my memory serves me right. People will always go back to that old "Calamity" tag, although Jamo has more than proved himself since. Carry on David James you're still the best...
cornypomp
yep, like i said corny - glad you picked up on it - i thought it was a 'rehash' of old quotes, i guess this again backs up my earlier thoughts that the media get 'desperate' when there is no transfer window to spout rubbish about and no league games to build up to as there is only so much international build-up you can do...
totally agree tho jamo, and not with tinted specs, is still the best and most logical option - 'if' hart and/or foster break into their sides next season, which is unlikely, or go out on loan, more likely, he should have some competition?
pompeyrug
yep, like i said corny - glad you picked up on it - i thought it was a 'rehash' of old quotes, i guess this again backs up my earlier thoughts that the media get 'desperate' when there is no transfer window to spout rubbish about and no league games to build up to as there is only so much international build-up you can do...
totally agree tho jamo, and not with tinted specs, is still the best and most logical option - 'if' hart and/or foster break into their sides next season, which is unlikely, or go out on loan, more likely, he should have some competition?
pompeyrug
Of course he's the best, typical of the press to rehash the old quotes and try and cause trouble. He did worry me a bit earlier in the season, when his form dropped for a while, but he's back to his best now and deserves his England spot. Mind you the England team does need a 'number 2' in goal, so I am surprised that Capello hasn't experimented a bit more with the lesser English keepers in friendlies. For me Rob Green is the obvious choice.
tracyc
Of course he's the best, typical of the press to rehash the old quotes and try and cause trouble. He did worry me a bit earlier in the season, when his form dropped for a while, but he's back to his best now and deserves his England spot. Mind you the England team does need a 'number 2' in goal, so I am surprised that Capello hasn't experimented a bit more with the lesser English keepers in friendlies. For me Rob Green is the obvious choice.
tracyc
He worried me a bit too tracyc, but like you say he's back to his best now. As I've said before, if you count up the number of points he's saved us since he's been playing for Pompey, we've got a lot to thank him for...
cornypomp
He worried me a bit too tracyc, but like you say he's back to his best now. As I've said before, if you count up the number of points he's saved us since he's been playing for Pompey, we've got a lot to thank him for...
cornypomp
I seem to recall that Shilts was interviewed in the past -before that Croatia game -and was saying that Robinson should be first choice. Events have unfolded since that prove that James should never have been dropped and also that Robinson at that tme was not indeed good enough. In my mind he has shown that he is no England keeper expert.
dedmans
I seem to recall that Shilts was interviewed in the past -before that Croatia game -and was saying that Robinson should be first choice. Events have unfolded since that prove that James should never have been dropped and also that Robinson at that tme was not indeed good enough. In my mind he has shown that he is no England keeper expert.
dedmans
wel, he IS the best - by far - at the moment. BUT, Hart and (aparantly) Foster are both coming through very well. It's a shame really that hart has lost his place at man city - I didn't personaly rate Given to be much better than him, and though Joe Hart was probably the future of englan goalkeeping... oh well.
pompeycarpet
wel, he IS the best - by far - at the moment. BUT, Hart and (aparantly) Foster are both coming through very well. It's a shame really that hart has lost his place at man city - I didn't personaly rate Given to be much better than him, and though Joe Hart was probably the future of englan goalkeeping... oh well.
pompeycarpet
Everyone has an opinion on every position. Very easy to be critical but thankfully, the manager has the final say, not some media attention seeking has been.
storagematt
Everyone has an opinion on every position. Very easy to be critical but thankfully, the manager has the final say, not some media attention seeking has been.
storagematt
 

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