Date:Friday June 8 2007
In the wake of a much needed win over Estonia, Harry Redknapp has told the Pompey site that he still believes England can qualify for the European Championships next summer - he also backs Frank Lampard to prove his critics wrong.
'It wasn't the strongest opposition the other night but England, like any team, can only go out and beat what is in front of them so in that respect they did the job.
'I still think they are strong enough to qualify and they have a few to come at Wembley which I reckon will see them through comfortably.
'Frank Lampard has been getting a tough time in some quarters but he is a good player, a 20 goal man from the middle of the field and I'm sure the level headed guy he is he will take everything in his stride and play a vital part in the country's progress in this competition.'
I hope that England still make it, even though it is commonly agreed that in the long run failure for us to do so could be in our best interest - and I think we all know what I mean - but I do not quite share Redknapp's optimism.
Most of the games are at Wembley - yep good I know - but with Russia and Croatia coming knowing that 'just' a point could be enough we are still looking like we have it all to do - particularly as we also have to go to Russia. And we thought going to Croatia was tough!
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Friday June 8 2007
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