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Pompey Internationals In Action

Although David James and Sol Campbell have again been over looked for England, probably confirming an end to their International careers, Pompey still have several others heading off for International duty.

With no Premiership matches this weekend due to the busy weekend and midweek International qualifying matches Pompey have no game until next weekend, but we still have plenty of players heading off to represent their national sides. Who are they, and who is it with...

Niko Kranjcar has been called into the Croatian squad for the two home Euro 2008 qualifiers with Andorra on Saturday and England on Wednesday so he would be hoping to add to his 20 odd caps so far.

The out of favour, yet still Pompey defender Andy O'Brien is in the Republic of Ireland squad for their away fixture in Cyprus, then home game with the Czech Republic, both again in qualifying for Euro 2008, so he too would be hoping to add to his 20 plus caps already earned.

Richard Duffy, who apart from his League Cup second round outing against Mansfield has not featured for Pompey this season is in the Welsh squad for their 2008 Euro qualifiers so he would hope (I'm not sure he will though) to add to his growing collection of caps in the games with Slovakia and Cyprus, both games taking place in Wales.

Should Lomana LuaLua be deemed mental fit after his much publicised personal problems he would almost certainly add to his caps collection in DR Congo's African Nations Cup qualifier with Libya, whilst Benjani and Kanu, also making the trips to Africa for the respective Zimbabwean and Nigerian African Cup qualifiers will both also expect to gain further caps. Kanu does have a slight injury however, but should be fit enough to represent the Super Eagles

Had Manuel Fernandes been fully fit, and been playing regularly for Pompey in the run up to these International games I'd have thought he'd have been in Portugal's European qualifiers, and although I'm not certain that the Cameroon are even playing, although I'd expect they are Rodolph Douala would have been a part of their squad if he was fully fit, if in fact he isn't?

I may have missed something, maybe he is injured or no longer a part of the Serbian International set-up, but I'm surprised Ognjen Koroman isn't playing against Belgium and Armenia in the Serbs home qualifying matches.

Again, although I'm not sure but I'd assume Pompey forward Svetoslav Todorov, currently on loan with Wigan is in the Bulgarian squad for their home qualifier with Holland, and away tie with Luxembourg.

International players are very important to Pompey, and although when away they can pick up injuries, be talked into moves by colleagues or come back with illness, as often happens with our African players, having them is important to Pompey's progress.

If Pompey really want to move forward as much as we all hope, and they say they do we need the best, and the best often play for their country so this is something will have to get used to, like it or not.




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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 7 2006

Time: 12:33AM

Your Comments

Thought I'd go with the Andy O'Brien image, for lack of who else to show! He doesn't get a lot of mention nowadays so thought I'd get his face on the site, still don't really rate him though...
pompeyrug
you could have a problem come the next african nations cup with your first choice strikers both playing for teams in it !
dazednconfuzed
is african nations this year?
lmatthews
No next year. Why FIFA allow this tournement to take place during the european season I don't know. Most of the players that play in the tournement play in Europe. Surely it should be every 4 years as well like the European tournement. It's probably down to TV rights again
nelson
Clubs can have no complaint when signing african born players. They know that they're going to be away for most of january for ANC. If we had more ENGLISH players in the squad, this problem wouldn't arise.
FEn_100
always been the same with the africans, pay your money take your chances, by then fifa are toying with the home grown theory again, where so many players have to come through the ranks
paultsmouth
Make your African bed, you ....
storagematt
Some good internationals in your squad. Just shows are far your team has gone.
jono_forest
Somehow I doubt Duffy enjoyed his game too much....not the best home scoreline I've seen.
Tantona
Doubt O'Brien enjoyed his either...
pompeyrug
I'd agree with FEn, clubs know what they are getting themselves in for when they sign African footballers, so they can't moan about them when they head off... You either take them and accept the consequences or don't buy them in the first place...
pompeyrug
 

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