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James didn't play, good day anyway

Spineless Steve may have taken the route that many expected - some would say the easy route - and kept Paul Robinson between the sticks for England ahead of David James, which was a slight disappointment as no matter what anyone tells me I still fully believe that James is the best English keeper around at the moment, something that Graham Taylor also believes - anyone that read what he said in the papers yesterday will have seen his views.

Nevertheless, this aside it was still a very good day for English sport, one of the best for a long time I would say?

Things kicked off with the cricket, England and India went into the final one-day international looked at 3-3. Could the 7th and deciding match see England's new one-day captain Paul Collingwood end his winless start to his reign - you bet it could. A fine England showing saw them cruise to a 7-wicket victory to beat the Indian's with time to spare before the football.

Unfortunately the football, England's Euro 2008 qualifier with Israel clashed with the Rugby world cup match England had with the mighty USA, although after the hosts France slipped to a surprise defeat to Argentina - who are not a bad side - on Friday I was not taking too much for granted, although never doubted we would win.

I only saw little offerings of the Rugby - whilst flicking channels - but did see a try from Jason Robinson, but from what I can gather England were very disappointing and far from convincing in their 28-10 victory over a willing yet limited in ability USA side, but it is still a win - improvement is needed though.

To the football then, to be honest I have not enjoyed watching England for a long time, but must admit I quite enjoyed the game and though that we played quite well, some people better than others, but on the whole a good team performance. Emile Heskey, Gareth Barry, Micah Richards and the top man of all Shaun Wright-Phillips stood out above the rest for me.

Sadly from a British point of view only Scotland out of the other home nations could win, the others all lost with the Republic of Ireland being pegged back in injury time.

Although I was disappointed that James did not get the nod over Robinson, something which will quite possibly not happen for him now, it is hard too be that down cast after a good day for English sport - either way though, roll on next Saturday when Pompey return to action.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 9 2007

Time: 9:32AM

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David James is the best english keeper - and it's not even close. Unfortunatly, spineless steve showed he actually had some spine by sticking to Paul Robinson - which to be honest, he had to do, unless he wanted to completly destroy the guys confidence. If any of you read Tony Adams's comments, then he basicly said the same thing. He HAD to stick with paul...anyway, he didnt have to do much, if anything!
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09/09/2007 10:24:00

had jamo first got back in last season when he should have then he prob would be the no.1 now, he will prob be nothing more than a squad player now, getting the odd 45 minutes in a firendly... what you say is true carpet man, robinson would have been shot to pieces had spineless dropped him. altho you could argue that spineless steve showed he has no spine by not dropping him...
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09/09/2007 10:57:00

Jamoo, like with Sol, spineless is keeping his options open but both are falling down the pecking order.
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09/09/2007 11:11:00

I think the decision was correct, yes Jamo is the better on form, but if robbo was dropped his confidence would have gone completely, and to be honest Jamo is only a short term option at his age 37
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09/09/2007 12:11:00

you say 37 is old...but Harry keeps on telling us he will be playing at top level for aother 5 years, and i dont call that a short term option!!! (although robinson would be a longer term option, if he looses a bit of weight...)
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09/09/2007 12:17:00

i could easily see jamo being around for england for euro 2008 and the 2010 world cup at least, so that would still be a good few yrs... tbh im not sure that jamo or robinson are the long term for enlgand anyway, scott carson is that man to take this place i reckon.
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09/09/2007 12:31:00

scott carson - and ben foster (who i still dont rate, although many people do...) would be our very long term goalkeeping options, but they are still very young, and so there should be plenty of time to see which one comes out better!
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09/09/2007 12:43:00

Jammo is the better keeper, but spineless probably bottled it again didnt he, mind you it was a day off for the England keeper yesterday, lets see what happens against the Russians when he is put under a bit of pressure and has to take charge of the back four.
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09/09/2007 15:37:00

tbh carpet man i think foster is a fantastic keeper, but personally i feel carson is even better - whoever is the 3rd choice keeper for now could do alot worse than learn from jamo and robinson, just dont take robinson's dietry advice too much :)
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09/09/2007 16:09:00

good point Owenspompey, clearly as an englishman i do not want robinson to fail, but the command of the area is where he really lacks and this will be serious tested during the week. this authority of the area can sometimes be the difference between winning and losing - it is not just saves that may or may not be made...
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09/09/2007 16:10:00

Also lads, is it me but I am not convinced by Andy Johnson, he looks average when he comes on for England doesnt he? When you compare David Nugent to him there is a not a lot between them and Johnson has far more experience at all levels that David. Has he scored yet, or has he looked like scoring yet, lets hope that Owen does not get hurt again. Heskey you did a great job, i take back what i said, well done big man, get rid of Crouch.
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09/09/2007 19:55:00

stick ashdown in goal for england
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09/09/2007 21:07:00

great input there paultsmouth... Johnson has been consistently mediocre for england - and thats flattering him. Crouch is the same, although he just never performs well. Heskey was impresive, and owen was too - although whether heskey will stay impressive is another question.
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09/09/2007 22:33:00

I hear Chalkias qualifies for an English passport now.....
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10/09/2007 09:44:00

i still shudder everytime i see that name... someone told me the otherday that he is the current greek no.1 - he has either improved dramatically or they are struggling for keepers!
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10/09/2007 12:31:00

Chalkias was sent to us as a punishment by the Lord, but we survived, i just feel for poor old Shaka, who did nothing wrong and had to watch him take his place. I dont think Greece have much to choose from do they?
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10/09/2007 13:28:00

they cant if he is their no.1! shaka and ashdown deserved much better than having to watch that clown perform didnt they - particularly shaka who still had plenty to offer the club at that time...
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10/09/2007 16:56:00

- lets not play down the current reigning european champions!!!
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10/09/2007 19:18:00

with all due respect to greece but i try to forget that they won euro 2004...
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10/09/2007 22:34:00

so do i ... I was out there...I saw Greece v Russia in the group stages and made the foolish comment that 'Greece are dreadful, they are probably the weakest team in the competition !'.... On a good note tho I did get half hissed with a group of Russians who found out I was from Pompey... They kept buying me drinks and clinking my glass to the words .......'Poorsmoss...... Smertin...... cap-pit-tan... Rooscha... goodt ... yaar... A very drunken time was had by all
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11/09/2007 00:30:00

good work mate - see everyone loves pompey... so long as their nations heroes are playing for us :)
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11/09/2007 08:36:00

It was amazing that they won the championship wasnt it, and we tried to sign one of thier midfielders from Panathanikos didnt we? I was never sure about Smertin, did he drink a lot of vodka, he reminded me of Martin Dobson and Butch Wilkins, always passing across the pitch, never incisive enough for me, but seem like a good worker. Basinas or something was that the Greeks name, i think he is in Germany plying his trade now.
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