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James still targets England recall

James still targets England recall

Everyone knows that David James is worthy of at least a place in the England squad, with more than a fair few - and not just Pompey fans - knowing he was the best English keeper in the league last season, so should have been 'England's number one'.

Even with this in mind most of us have come to accept that Steve McClaren has made his choice and will not go back on it, but James is refusing to give up hope and still harbours a recall - even if this is only to sit on the bench.

My thinking has always been that McClaren had made up his mind on James and Sol Campbell before they came to Pompey, so I still fully believe that playing for us has nothing to do with the fact they have been left out.

I could see why both had been left out and even understood Campbell's oversight, as England have plenty of central defenders to use - and he is not getting any younger. James may be almost 37 but this is not exactly old for a keeper and he is as fit and sprightly as ever - but most importantly as good as anyone.

David Beckham's recall after a year out has given James hope and although I fully believe he is worthy of a place I still think his time may have gone, although with Ben Foster injured, Scott Carson unlikely to be Liverpool's number one and Chris Kirkland injury prone so if he is picking 'first team regulars' he will still need someone other than Paul Robinson and Robert Green.

If he continues his form this season, with early indications that he will, with it possible that McClaren may even visit Fratton this season to cast his eye over David Nugent and even Matty Taylor and Gary O'Neil, it will be hard for him to miss James.

Whatever happens we will be hearing 'England's number one, England's, England's number one' sung about James for a few years yet.


Date:Wednesday July 25 2007
Time: 11:00AM


good club player but does tend to cock it up when he plays for england. perhaps it's a mental thing.
25/07/2007 11:19:00
Oh and Paul Robinson doesn't?
Steve C
25/07/2007 11:55:00
Unfortunately I can only see MacLaren picking David James if Paul Robinson was injured for one of the Euro 2008 qualifying games. I think MacLaren has already decided that David James is too old and he is looking for a younger keeper....
25/07/2007 12:09:00
he does not have to pick him to play tho does he, even if he should... i can understand why he would be looking at younger options, but the others wont play much this season or are always injured plus 37 isn't exactly old for a keeper is it? he has at least another 2 tournaments in him for england - as a squad player at least - with the added benefit of having the experience needed... players should be selected on merit shouldn't they and in that case jamo is easily good enough for the squad...
25/07/2007 16:32:00
i dont think there is a doubt about James's ability, and as a shot stopper he is by far and away the best in the land, its crosses etc tht we worry a little. But he is not the future and whilst probably that spineless w4nker steve mcclown is probably trying to find away to get the useless Boro keeper a passport or putting Downing in goal, Jamo is not the future and there is a tournament next year so El corrupto Tel is probably correct, you have to ask why play him?
25/07/2007 17:22:00
good luck to him I say!! & if it keeps him motivated & playing wellfor the mighty blues...Im a happy man!
25/07/2007 18:48:00
jamo, sol, and beckham were all thrust out in the macca clear out. So for, i still see no way back in for sol, as his position is fully covered, and james's position is highly contested with untried youth...which mcclaren clearlt likes...beckham only came back cos everyone else was useless on the right - not because of how well he was playing. When nugent signed, matty and gary must really have lept for joy - macca may actualy come to our decrepid stadium
25/07/2007 22:45:00
pompeycarpet, i think Beckham was only brought back by spineless steve as a popularity stunt because the media were having a go at the ginger tosser. Didnt agree with the mass culling of the senior players, but once he had done it, i dont see how going back is the way foreward. He has to now play his young players and give them the experience of playing at that level. Will we see him at Fratton this year?
25/07/2007 22:55:00
Only if you send a map and clear directions to Lancaster Gate !!
26/07/2007 09:55:00
if we are amoung the top clubs again then with the talent we have he will be under immense pressure to find that map and directions... he promised in the news last season he would come, but didnt so he cannot fail to do so again...
26/07/2007 13:15:00
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