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James And Campbell Omitted Again!

Having been handed a glimmer of hope of England recalls these have been snatched away from David James and Sol Campbell as they have again been omitted from Steve McLaren's latest squad.

England face Macedonia and Croatia in their latest European Championship Qualifying ties, and after being offered what was thought a lifeline Steve McLaren has opted against restoring the two in form Pompey players to the squad.

With the quality England have in central defence now it was always going to be hard for Sol to regain his place, but not just saying this from a biased Pompey point of view he is playing as well, arguably better than most, John Terry aside. Jamie Carragher has made several uncharacteristic mistakes this season, Wes Brown isn't even in the United team and Ledley King has only recently returned from injury for Spurs so why couldn't he get a look in? Brown has probably been picked as a full-back option, and maybe King as a holding midfield option, which if so WHY? He's got Michael Carrick and Scott Parker for that!

David James, who has only conceded ONE GOAL all season on the other hand should without question have been in this squad, he should have never been left out really. It's good to give the younger members a chance but not sure that Chris Kirkland and Ben Foster are both ready for the squad yet, despite being quality goalkeepers, an experienced member in James is needed should anything happen to Paul Robinson, who in all honesty isn't in the greatest of form for Spurs this season anyway.

I can't see anyway back for either now as if they couldn't get in this time round I don't think they ever will. It is starting to appear that as with so many other previous England managers if you are not with a "fashionable" or "big club" you don't get in! Pompey despite their fine form and highflying Premiership position are clearly neither. I know Kirkland is with Wigan and Foster Watford, but these are only loans and in the record books they'll be known as Liverpool and United players respectively when picked here.

If you are McLaren's golden boy from Middlesbrough or you're English and play for Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United or Tottenham you`re an almost certainty! Everton are coming back into fashion but that said I can't really argue with the players they've had included, and Newcastle's Scotty Parker is also having a fine season.

McLaren's got his own ideas, which is fair enough, and he wants to look to the future but it makes me laugh, he says people will get picked on current form but not many can match that of James and Campbell surely?

Plus Wes Brown, Wayne Bridge, Kieran Richardson, Shaun Wright-Phillips and to a degree Jermaine Defoe are not getting much, if any game time this season and they are in, Ledley King is not long back from injury and his golden boy Stewart Downing has been out injured himself recently!

Current form is clearly a deciding factor Steve...




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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 29 2006

Time: 10:34PM

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How cares as long as they keep doing the biz for Pompey.
storagematt
Don't know about how cares storagematt... but I for one do care. I'd rather they delivered for us but it gets frustrating seeing players constantly overlooked just because they play for "smaller clubs" and I don't just mean Pompey players. I want Pompey to have England Internationals but it seems that until we are up there with the "big boys" it wont happen.
pompeyrug
pompeyrug, i think you have been a bit nieve, Campbell and ferdinand are far more succesfull than Terry and ferdinand but McClaren is a political animal, has made Terry captain & so Sol were never going to get in. James is a link to McClaren's past that the ginger boy cannot afford to have hi lighted. He is nothing more than Sven part deux, a 2nd chopice weak manager who got took some lucky breaks against weakend UEFA teams whilst boro manager, the minute he came up against a full strentgh team they got masssacred.. England have played a lot of dross at the moment, but when we play say Italy, France or brazil you will see that even with free lunch venables not a lot has changed. The players knew it wasnt going to happen so as long as it doesnt affect their performances for us we need to be gratefull. Just look at the history of mcClaren he never closes the door but anybody who has had the "glimmer of hope" speach has never got into either the Boro team or England team. UNLESS of course the Sun says he has to include them.
russellm
Understand both sides of the argument. We don't want to be depleted with the burden of additional games but we as a club would like recognition for the ability of some of our players. At the end of the day though if England and Pompey are doing well (with or without a Portsmouth influence) that's all that really matters.
pompeygray
pompeygray, ginger Mac was fully supportive of Svens big team only philosophy so we shouldnt be surprised. Even the Telegraph noted in an article referring to Downing saying Boro connection keeps O'neil out of the frame. As England fans we have sunk to believing that thrashing Andorra is living the dream. Guaranteed position for the under performing Lampard i guess, you never know he might score against Macedonia's female second eleven.....what a guy
russellm
those of you with an untrained eye may consider i have become a bit cynical about his mingerness.
russellm
Just a little 'Jack' Russell - you certainly know how to bite. Now if Harry was the England Manager ?
pompeygray
jermain jenas keeps making the squad and even when i hear about him from spurs fans a lot of them think he shouldnt be in their starting 11
retro hat
don't think you'll see McClaren at Fratton park any time soon, he won't head further south than London, just like his Swedish mate before him
paultsmouth
well said paultsmouth, sorry pompeygray 6 bottles of Abbot ale and the thought of McC and i flipped, its not a personal thing it's just that i think he is a slimey toad, except of course if he wins the Euro cup with England in which case " i always rated himn old Maccer" if anybody asks. :-) but for the moment he hasnt so he's still a clit. Whats the betting El Tel has awarded himself the catering contract for wembley....mmmm ?
russellm
i think pompeygray that if Harry was England manager, the national anthem would be 11 verses long, different languages for each of the players . and the mid field would be built around Peter Mended & Nickolas Kranky. And we'd be accused by the beeb boobs of trying to tap up the frogs for Terry Henry. Just been talking to some spurs fans here in the shcity and they agree with retro hat's comment.
russellm
DeFriend or Defoe. Do Pompey still want him. With Chelsea slipping can we go past them with a win at Tottenham. I only see a 1-1 but then again I predicted West Coast would beat Sydney Swans by a single point today and it finished 85-84.
pompeygray
we might still want him, our two starter strikers have hit a bit of a dry spell by the current form, but a point away today will do nicely. i think Mendes will be a factor in todays match.wich i am now off to. Play Up Pompey
russellm
The important thing is James & Campbell produce for Pompey. It's extra games they face with the possibilty of injury. If we had the back-up to replace these two then fine i'll shout all the way to FA HQ But can you see O'Brien being in the same quality as Sol if Sol got injured on International Duty and would you now be as confident with Kiely between the sticks if James is missing.
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