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Recalls Possible For Pompey Pair

Following Pompey's impressive start to the season, which has seen us keep four straight clean sheets England Manager Steve McLaren has confirmed that the door is not closed on David James and Sol Campbell, among others.

Having been left out of McLaren's opening squads it appeared that James' and Campbell's International careers could be over, but following these McLaren comments it appears quite the opposite.

"I'll never close the door on anybody - and David James and Sol Campbell are two examples. To get in the England team you have to perform well at your clubs, you get recognition, you may get an opportunity."

"We are looking at a lot of other players outside of the squad. The likes of James and Campbell - they are not discarded."

James has been in fine form for Pompey since his arrival from Manchester City and despite being 36-years-old this is not overly old for a Goalkeeper and his experience would provide England with great back up. Personally, Pompey player or not I think he should have still been in the England set up anyway.

Campbell, who turns 32-years-old next week had a fantastic debut, which, despite more impressive displays hasn't quite been reproduced on that level, he has nevertheless played a pivotal part in his marshalling of the back four to enable us to have kept these four straight clean sheets, thus seeing us gain our best start to a season in over 50 years. I still think he will find it harder to get back in the squad however.

One man, who in my own opinion would deserve England recognition more than almost any other footballer in the country, and if I'm honest not purely down to his footballing quality but also because of his all round nature would be the fantastic Linvoy Primus. He has quite simply been world-class for us so far this season and without knowing otherwise you could quite easily think he was an England International, or at least formerly one.

At 33-years-old, turning this age tomorrow in fact, and despite Chris Powell making an England debut pushing towards his mid thirties I'm afraid Linvoy will miss out, not that I'm suggesting for one moment he would even be in McLaren's thoughts as he won`t and for no other reason than his age, he just simply wouldn't be a long-term asset to England.

Hypothetically speaking had Linvoy on the other hand previously had experience with England, despite his age a recall would have been given without doubt as he would have already have had the experience on that stage, so his nation would have known that they could call upon him again, without this having been the case it'll never happen...

Although many of you out there have been of the opinion in the past that having Internationals isn't something you are concerned about having, some in fact would prefer not to, due to concerns over players being injured on International duty or seeking moves away to other clubs due to being so. Maybe even fears that mixing with others at high profile clubs could see them trying to "tempt" them into moves away, the simple truth is if we really want to move forward we will need International quality players (as we are getting) and should they be England Internationals all the better.

Who will be the first Pompey player to represent England since Mark Hateley in 1984, only time will tell but if McLaren is a man of his word then this could happen sooner than most would have thought following James' and Campbell's initial oversight...




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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 13 2006

Time: 2:49PM

Your Comments

Good for both of them. personally I'd rather England gave some younger players a chance. I don't want either of them getting injured on international duty and wrecking our chances of a champions league spot!
The Rabbi
Good to hear, but i'd rather they just concentrated on keeping pompey as high up the prenmiership as poss.
FEn_100
Good to hear, but i'd rather they just concentrated on keeping pompey as high up the premiership as poss.
FEn_100
Quite right 2, they've been outstandin 4 us so y not 4 england!
Westov
Door ajar, isnt that what McClaren said about Beckham, he then confirmed it would be highly unlikely. Also when Clemence done came a watchin all he saw was Kirkland and Jamo contriving to put on the worse performances of their seasons. Campbell is another matter, he has pretty much been excellent, but it would take a major injury and major pressure from the red press to dislodge the two England central defenders, despite their current inability to confidently deal with set pieces. Not to mention McClarens big team only mentality.
russellm
if those two keep playing well then he has to
lmatthews
I did say that when James & Campbell were dropped by England we were in a win-win situ. Either they benefit from the no travelling to far away places, no extra games, no injuries and/or play brill to earn a recall. Correctamundo.
storagematt
Perhaps he would consider gary and matty aswell!
Westov
I was thinking exactly the same westov !! Gary and Matty fully deserve consideration. Let's hope they get it.
lincspfcfan
I'd love Matty in the team, and I still feel that had he not had so many injuries, and such a lack of first team football in our first season in the Prem he would have already played for England. Ashley Cole has really improved Defensively, but at the time I felt there was little to choose between them, especially attacking wise, although with this said as well as Matty played in our Championship season Division One can make players look world-class, not saying he isn't or wasn't...
pompeyrug
If O'Neil doesn't play for England one day I'd be VERY surprised... James will almost certainly get back in, Campbell possible, although doubtful unless injuries strike...
pompeyrug
not convinced rugster, it would take a major injury and press pressure for Campbell to get in, not to menton the political pressure from the Arse. Jamo could be in the squad, but play in a meaningfull match, dont think so. The ginger one is a political animal. he has not shown too much evidence that he will move away from sven's big team approach, as for O'Neil, well thats possible Lampard/ gerrard have turned it on against Macedonia and Andorra but the world cup were not their best , i suppose its possible. But is O'NG guaranteed to get enough games for Pompey to get selected ? its a squad rotation world and we have alot of mid field already with the possibility of another on the horizon. I think its a midfeild/wing compliment of 8 & thats excluding Denilson if he came.
russellm
Keep them all for Pompey, we need them more than England do.
pompeygray
I guess only time will tell...
pompeyrug
 

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