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McClaren on Pompey Call-Ups

McClaren on Pompey Call-Ups

Steve McClaren has spoken exclusively to Portsmouth`s local newspaper "The News" regarding Gary O`Neil, Matthew Taylor, Sol Campbell and David James.

The England Manage said;

'I've identified a pool of talent of 50 players, and that includes the core 15 or 16 England players like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. And Gary O'Neil and Matt Taylor are in that group of 50, along with the likes of Kevin Nolan at Bolton and Joey Barton at Manchester City.

'Gary and Matt both played for the under-21s and have developed again since then.I like Gary O'Neil. When I was up at Middlesbrough I always kept a very close eye on him.

'And Matt Taylor has played well and forced his way through because there are not many true left-sided players to choose from in the game. If they are not in the squad tomorrow, it doesn't mean they never will be - that they have been neglected or forgotten. They are on the radar.'

When asked about Sol Campbell or David James been included in the England squad (which is named tomorrow) he said;

'It's difficult for me to confirm who will be in the squad. But since the World Cup, Sol has gone from being out of the reckoning to being back in it. And I know exactly what Jamo is capable of. Just like Sol, he's had a fantastic season.'

The News asked McClaren why he had not visited Fratton Park this season despite visiting most other clubs.

'I've got admit, my last visit to Fratton Park was last year - as Middlesbrough manager.

'So, now you've mentioned it, going to Portsmouth is something I want to address. I haven't been there this season, but I'm going to make sure I go there now for one of Portsmouth's remaining home games.

'I've seen Portsmouth away from home, and on television, but not Fratton Park. I spend most of my time looking at the core group of 15 or 16 England players.

'I do go to other games to see the other players pushing for inclusion, and the young ones emerging. I watch all the games on television, which is as good as being at a match. And I was at Portsmouth game at Old Trafford last Saturday.

'But going to Portsmouth - and Reading, where I also haven't been this season - is something I need to do. I think it's important to be visible, to actually go to Fratton Park.

'We've got to try to bring England closer to the clubs.'

'To get in the England squad, the Ports-mouth players have to be in form - but it has to last longer than a short period. They have to be performining consistently at a level that makes you think they can play international football

'Being an established England player is a couple of levels up from the Premiership. I don't think players realise that until they make the leap.

'It's not about a patch of form, but being consistent over a longer period of time.

'Players have to show potential. Then they have to start realising that potential. Then, they have to keep performing week-in, week-out, playing well on a consistent basis.

'We don't want players coming in and out of the squad. We want players who we believe can produce consistently.'

Will any Pompey players be in the England squad tomorrow? I expect a call up for Sol Campbell and David James tomorrow… although I won`t hold my breath!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday February 1 2007
Time: 7:59PM


there will probably be no pompey players in the squad
01/02/2007 20:28:00
i just don't think McClaren will go back on his "youth" policy which would just leave Taylor and O'Neil and from what he said they won't be included this time
01/02/2007 20:30:00
In time Gary & Matt will get a shout but there is no real urgency. They are a bit off an England call up. As Jamo & Sol. They have nothing to prove & it shouldn't been seen as disresptful to them or us if they aint't called up. probabaly doing all of us favour. More rest & time to prepare for Pompey games which are far more important than England friendlies.
01/02/2007 20:32:00
McClaren is a ******* and could prove to be worse than SGE. His 'game plans', 'formations' and 'selections' have been ridiculous and so have the results. Until he has the bollox to drop the overrated ***** like Fat Frank and Robbo England is going nowhere. Foster, James any day over the spud pie-eater, and Burton any day over the 'another deflected goal' Lampard. Glad to see Sol doing well and hopefully Lauren will emulate his best form. Peace
01/02/2007 23:48:00
McClaren is spineless, hasn't get the bottle to drop one of his big players... Sol and Jamo were treated with such disprespect for players that have given their all for England for a decade or so it is un real. Can still see why Sol is being left out - not that I'm saying he isn't good enough anymore by any means - as we do have options but Jamo he is in the best form I've seen for years...
02/02/2007 13:34:00
"Only in England can someone with such evident limits become the head of the national team." Massimo Maccarone, ex Middlesbrough legend on England coach Steve McClaren Friday 2 February 2007
The Rabbi
02/02/2007 15:02:00
The fact that he hasn't been to Fratton park this season also speaks volumes. Can anyone remember when Sven the Swedish lovegod ever visited Fratton park for a match? in fact I reckon the last England boss to visit Fratton was Hope powell for the England womens match a few years back.
The Rabbi
02/02/2007 15:05:00
Harry Redknapp deserved the job more than him
02/02/2007 15:11:00
'arry did deserve it more, and would have done a better job! Martin O'Neill was the man for me, the FA wanted a "yes" man Spineless McClaren is just that... O'Neill certainly isn't...
03/02/2007 00:14:00
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