Date:Wednesday August 22 2007
We had wait more than 20 years for a Pompey player to be given an England call up, then last week we got two when David James and Sol Campbell were recalled. Unfortunately injury forced Campbell to withdraw but James remained and played his part in the 2-1 defeat against Germany tonight.
Paul Robinson, who knows the pressure is now on him unfortunately for him and England, possibly fortunately for James was at fault for the German equaliser and looked a little shaky, started the match - but James got his chance and came on at half time with England 2-1 down, after taking an early lead through Frank Lampard.
This makes James the first Pompey player to play for England since Mark Hateley in 1984. Hopefully we will see him retained for the Euro 2008 qualifiers - which I am almost 100% convinced we will - along with Campbell and quite possibly others?
As for his performance itself he did not really have anything to do but did set away a couple of England breaks with trademark long throws to wide areas and as always looked commanding of his area, although he did get lucky in the 65th minute when he came out and got stranded in no mans land, fortunately for him and England the German lob was way off target.
He was credited with an injury time tip over, but to be honest I thought it deflected off a defender - but I am sure he will take the save.
Robinson's mistake had no influence on James' coming on at half time, as this was always likely to be the case, but should James retain his form for us between now and the Euro 2008 qualifiers he will not only be part of that squad, which you would think he will, but could quite possibly become England's no.1 again?
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Date:Wednesday August 22 2007
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