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End Of The Line For James And Co?

The latest England squad, the first selected by new England Coach Steve McLaren saw David James and Sol Campbell axed from the squad that went to Germany for the World Cup Finals. Has time been called on Campbell and James` International careers, as it would appear it has David Beckham`s?

I think it is far too early to speak of theories that players at "smaller" clubs don`t get a look in with England as has often happened in the past as McLaren would have had some idea of his squad long before they arrived at Fratton Park, so this can`t be the case with these two.

Personally I felt that Campbell`s International career would end after Germany regardless as to where he played in the future as we have MANY options in central defence. James on the other hand with limited options in the goalkeeping department, only Norwich`s Robert Green, who is currently injured, would be another serious alternative to James and what has been selected.

Liverpool`s injury prone Chris Kirkland and Manchester United rookie Ben Foster have been selected in this squad, but both have no International experience so I would go with Harry Redknapp and think that one inexperience player would have been enough,

'Steve obviously wants to prove a point by bringing in younger players. But I don't see the sense in dropping David James,' Redknapp told Sky Sports News.

Both are currently out on season long loans, Kirkland to Wigan and Foster again back at Watford, so after voicing his concerns on the fact that two third choice 'keepers have had to be sent out on loan to play first team football Redknapp would finish by saying,

'God help us if Paul Robinson gets injured.'

It will be down to Campbell and James to force their way back into the set-up, but the snub at the start of the McLaren era would suggest it will be hard.

With Glen Johnson playing regular football and having a good season, which we would expect on both counts he would feel he would have a very good chance of forcing his way back into the squad. If Gary O`Neil keeps up his good form, if not improving upon it a man who wanted to sign him in the past would be looking to reward him wouldn`t he?

If neither Johnson nor O`Neil can force their way into contention, or players from other "smaller" clubs keep being overlooked then we can all talk of another coach who only picks players from the "big clubs." Yes I know Kirkland is at Wigan, and Foster at Watford, neither of whom will be considered giants of the game, but these are at the moment only loan deals.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 13 2006

Time: 12:11AM

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Think your absoloutely right about big club selection and to be selfish should we as Pompey care ? my thoughts following your article were, what we want is from our players is form good enough for the England selection but for them not to be selected, therebye minimizing the risk to the club. the alternative view maybe , surely if you want to be seen as a new force in the EPL and attract the interest of the worlds top players then a few players in the england squad will go along way to acheiving that aim
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13/08/2006 13:37:00

First thought is their minds are focused just on Pompey. No travelling to some distant shore to keep the bench warm. Secondly, they paly out of their skins for a recall.
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13/08/2006 20:04:00

Less games means less injuries. Ex England players are still very useful for our club. Let's not forget the impact that Teddy Sherringham had on us, or for that matter Paul Merson.
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14/08/2006 04:57:00

Current indicators have Pompey at 11th place.
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14/08/2006 05:36:00

pompeygray, 11th or 12th is what i have been reading. i reckon thats at least a 15 goal improvement in our defence, with our current squad i will take that
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14/08/2006 08:31:00

I'll take 17th as long as it means we are still in the Prem. Anything else is a bonus. Certainly hope for better but lots of clubs who finished higher have added too. Not a lot between 8-15 in most seasons.
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