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Going for glory!

Going for glory!

Martin Cranie is aiming to become a European Champion tonight - albeit it a European U21 Champion as England take on Germany in the final of the U21 Championships in Sweden.

The Pompey defender, is he a right back or central defender though, scored the opening goal for England on Friday and at 3-0 up at half time against the host nation all looked fine and dandy...an incredible fight back by the Swedes in the 2nd half meant after a 3-3 draw penalties were needed to decide who would win, and for once England held their nerve to make it through to the final!

This kicks-off at 7.45pm and is live on sky sports.

England have Pompey history on their side though as the last time we were in this final, some 25-years ago, a certain Pompey star Mark Hateley was among this squad.

The 1984 triumph was arguably the platform that sprang - or at least proved the final jump after his exploits with Pompey - the striker to bigger and better things, Cranie will be hoping that history can repeat itself...

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Monday June 29 2009
Time: 11:06AM

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GOOOOO CRANIE!! i hope it doesnt come down to penalties..
nodster
29/06/2009 11:09:00
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good luck martin and come on england!
pompeyrug
29/06/2009 11:14:00
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I'm sure the lads will do us proud, just wish a few had kept their heads in the semi and could play 2nite. I'm confident that whoever comes in to replace them will give 110% along with the rest coz it's not often you get to represent England in a final, especially against the germans!
moley2
29/06/2009 11:22:00
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Being without two strikers suspended is a problem, such is the madness of youth - Fraser's sending off was stupid! Joe Hart missing in goal too - Watford's Scott Loach deputises. the Germans have players missing too and have picked a side to try and nullify England's strengths. Lastly congratulations to James Milner on playing his and final U21 game - some record that.
eastneydave
29/06/2009 19:17:00
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Somehoe the word 46th was missing from that post!!
eastneydave
29/06/2009 19:18:00
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4-0.. crickey!
nodster
30/06/2009 00:05:00
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I am so sad for the young England boys it makes me want to cry.
KatieDawson
30/06/2009 04:51:00
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oh dear. not exactly what we planned...
pompeycarpet
30/06/2009 07:56:00
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Well, I certainly wasn't expecting that. I was actually quite hopefull that we'd get a result last night. Can't complain though, we were outplayed and ran out of ideas as the match progressed.
cornypomp
30/06/2009 08:05:00
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