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What's he doing in goal?

That is why Jamo is England's no.1, and was on goal!

'What's he doing in goal', a line that the guy sitting next to me at Wembley said the other day about David James and his place in the England side...

Well, after save number one I was going to tap him on the shoulder and say 'that is why', but I did not. After the second save, which was probably better, I was even more tempted to answer the question, but decided against it.

To be fair I am not sure if it was in jest to his mate next to him, as I assume he would have been a Pompey fan as I heard him keep mentioning 'Fratton Park' a fair bit - so it might have been a joke to wind him up?

Either way I think that Jamo once again proved why he is England's no.1 - and until the likes of Ben Foster and Joe Hart go out on loan, or move on, how can they seriously challenge him to realistically leave anyone seriously asking the question 'what's he doing in goal'...

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Club before country

I was given the opportunity to tick off another of those 'I must do things' at the weekend, you know the 'see a premier league game' - check and of course plenty of them now with Pompey, 'watch an FA cup final' - check, doubly as this was with Pompey and better still at Wembley, 'see a European game' - check, again double, no trebly as I have not only managed this, but managed this with Pompey at Fratton and abroad.

Well, you get the point of the 'I must do', anyhow 'watch an England game' was another, and I managed to do this with the previously mentioned friendly at Wembley against Slovakia on Saturday...

To be honest I was not up for this at first, as my 'I am proud to be English but would much rather put my money towards Pompey travels and games' thoughts put me off... Eventually I wilted and I am glad that I did as it gave me a brief insight into what it is like to really follow England, and by 'really' I mean being there 'following England' following! For a day all fans are united, usual allegiances are cast aside and camaraderie takes over. I really liked that, and to see all different fans, regional accents and so on mingling, conversing, sharing stories of travels and so on with other fans was fantastic - it really was.

I, like all that are English (or whatever the Vital spread is on this site for you and your country of birth) am proud to be so and always do have an interest in England, but as much as I do reckon it 'could' become easy for me to start following the national side after this, based on this one experience then my own opinion is that this would purely be for the 'gathering' side of things, as I did not have nearly as much interest in the game itself, and this was not because it was 'just a friendly', as I do for any Pompey game I go to!

I love the crack of the day out for football, and even with Pompey the game is somewhat secondary for me to the travelling, banter, drinking and basic whole day out, but I always have a complete focus on the game and follow it with a real passion, it was not really the same with England at the weekend. 'England til I die' had no comparison to 'Pompey til I die', so singing this song was hard going, even given that is the way it is an my pride in this should not have left that as the case.

Maybe in time I would find this, but for me it is always Pompey first England second I am afraid and if further proof was needed then I think the fact that due to the crazy kick off time, thanks to our 'friends' at setanta sports (although to be fair, if it was not them it would probably have been someone else!) meant we had to leave 20 minutes before the end - leaving early is something I have never, ever done in my life, but it was either that or we could not get back to Exeter! - did not leave me anywhere near as 'put out' as I would have been had this been Pompey, which would have left me devastated.

It was for sure an experience that I really enjoyed, and one that I probably would do again and recommend, but if confirmation was needed that I am a 'club before country' man, then Saturday proved this to me beyond a doubt...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 30 2009

Time: 1:27PM

Your Comments

So Rug what is next on your list of 'I must do things'? And yes Jamo was at his best on Saturday.
eastneydave
So Rug what is next on your list of 'I must do things'? And yes Jamo was at his best on Saturday.
eastneydave
Def club before country. I have to admit to getting up and wandering around quite a lot during the game on Sat. I really was not that bothered, although it was a friendly.
sneakay
Def club before country. I have to admit to getting up and wandering around quite a lot during the game on Sat. I really was not that bothered, although it was a friendly.
sneakay
Club before country I definately agree with. I'm half Spanish, so have one eye on Spain when they are playing, but England are number one in my eyes. That said, I'm never really bothered about England's matches (ie don't get too bothered if I miss one) but I will go out of my way entirely to watch Pompey play. If an England XI played a Pompey XI, there's no doubt at all that I'll be putting a blue shirt on!!
PFCGino
Club before country I definately agree with. I'm half Spanish, so have one eye on Spain when they are playing, but England are number one in my eyes. That said, I'm never really bothered about England's matches (ie don't get too bothered if I miss one) but I will go out of my way entirely to watch Pompey play. If an England XI played a Pompey XI, there's no doubt at all that I'll be putting a blue shirt on!!
PFCGino
dave, in all honesty most of my football related 'to do' things are done, well the ones that really are most realistic...i would still like to an england qualifier and to actually go to a major tournament would be good, i was due to go to euro 2000 with ken and some others, but going back to college meant money had to be used elsewhere...
pompeyrug
dave, in all honesty most of my football related 'to do' things are done, well the ones that really are most realistic...i would still like to an england qualifier and to actually go to a major tournament would be good, i was due to go to euro 2000 with ken and some others, but going back to college meant money had to be used elsewhere...
pompeyrug
One of my "to do's" is to go to Hull this weekend. So remember everyone - if you hear of any tickets going spare..... I forgot all about the England game to be honest, so I guess I'm a club kinda gal!
Gandor1
One of my "to do's" is to go to Hull this weekend. So remember everyone - if you hear of any tickets going spare..... I forgot all about the England game to be honest, so I guess I'm a club kinda gal!
Gandor1
Agree completely. I was at Slovakia game at Wembley with a mate who is not that into football who reallt enjoyed it. Nuff said! The passion and (to be honest) complete bias shown by fans at club level would completely put him off. However, was amused that the main Slovakian chant seemed to be "You Fat ********" or something that sounded a lot like it
hammersmithblue
Agree completely. I was at Slovakia game at Wembley with a mate who is not that into football who reallt enjoyed it. Nuff said! The passion and (to be honest) complete bias shown by fans at club level would completely put him off. However, was amused that the main Slovakian chant seemed to be "You Fat ********" or something that sounded a lot like it
hammersmithblue
In late 2007 I was vocally spouting that going to the new Wembley stadium was one of my 'to dos' at the time I thought I would probably have to look out for a band I liked playing there - or possibly go to an England game, next year (2008). I think I said that ideally I would love to see Pompey at Wembley "but that's not going to happen is it?" Incredible, huh? I have been to England games a long time ago, but that was the old Wembley, I wouldn't mind going to another. Perhaps we should arrange a Vital Pompey day out to an England qualifier? I do count myself as and England fan, but when push comes to shove its Pompey first all the way.
tracyc
In late 2007 I was vocally spouting that going to the new Wembley stadium was one of my 'to dos' at the time I thought I would probably have to look out for a band I liked playing there - or possibly go to an England game, next year (2008). I think I said that ideally I would love to see Pompey at Wembley "but that's not going to happen is it?" Incredible, huh? I have been to England games a long time ago, but that was the old Wembley, I wouldn't mind going to another. Perhaps we should arrange a Vital Pompey day out to an England qualifier? I do count myself as and England fan, but when push comes to shove its Pompey first all the way.
tracyc
i thought they were saying 'chow yun-fat'...
pompeyrug
i thought they were saying 'chow yun-fat'...
pompeyrug
Club always first! As for all the pretenders to Jamo's throne, get them playing prem football, week in week out & prove their quality over a period of time.
storagematt
Club always first! As for all the pretenders to Jamo's throne, get them playing prem football, week in week out & prove their quality over a period of time.
storagematt
tracyc has totally hit the nail on the head - Vital Pompey England Day Out!!! Come on Rug get it sorted!!
PFCGino
tracyc has totally hit the nail on the head - Vital Pompey England Day Out!!! Come on Rug get it sorted!!
PFCGino
well england play slovenia on saturday, 5 september 2009 - why not make that the 'vital pompey england day out?' tickets will be the problem tho wont they, you cant just decide 'im going' you need to be part of the 'team england' or whatever its called ticket scheme, i know tickets arent 'meant' to be passed on, but they are, so i 'might' be able to get some...
so, who would seriously be up for this?
pompeyrug
well england play slovenia on saturday, 5 september 2009 - why not make that the 'vital pompey england day out?' tickets will be the problem tho wont they, you cant just decide 'im going' you need to be part of the 'team england' or whatever its called ticket scheme, i know tickets arent 'meant' to be passed on, but they are, so i 'might' be able to get some...
so, who would seriously be up for this?
pompeyrug
Rug - why not - put me down for 2 tickets. We'll have to get a big flag with VITAL POMPEY on it!
tracyc
Rug - why not - put me down for 2 tickets. We'll have to get a big flag with VITAL POMPEY on it!
tracyc
Going back to the beginning of the article, and the comments about Jamo, I think many fans just echo what they read in the press. And the press don't like Jamo. I have a theory about this, remember Steve McLaren and how biased he was - the national media have a lot of similar biases. Fabio Capello doesn't - he's his own man and does the right thing for England. The press can't get their heads round it at all.
tracyc
Going back to the beginning of the article, and the comments about Jamo, I think many fans just echo what they read in the press. And the press don't like Jamo. I have a theory about this, remember Steve McLaren and how biased he was - the national media have a lot of similar biases. Fabio Capello doesn't - he's his own man and does the right thing for England. The press can't get their heads round it at all.
tracyc
 

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