Vital Football

Linvoy tips O'Neil for England

Linvoy tips O'Neil for England

Linvoy Primus believes that his former Pompey teammate Gary O'Neil can earn himself an England call up after leaving for Boro.

Primus has told The News how he feels the change of scenery could make all the difference for O'Neil, with the change possibly bringing him back to the attention of Spineless Steve: 'The England set-up want to see what Gary can do and I think that's what's going to happen at Middlesbrough.

'I don't think he'd gone stale at Pompey, I just think that he knew what he could do, what he was capable of doing and sometimes you want a fresh challenge to see if you can go on any more.

'He's going to an environment where he knows who the players are but you know they want to see what you can do. I think he can get into the England team playing in a different scene, I really do.

'Imagine they finish in the top half of the table, seventh or eighth, if he's a big part of it it's obviously going to get him the attention'.

We were all sad to see O'Neil leave, but I think we are coming to terms with this now. We would also probably mostly agree that for the best of his career the move away was the best thing for him and it should rejuvenate his career.

Spineless Steve has previously mentioned him in a band of 50 players that he was watching, so regular football at the home of one of his favourites Stewart Downing should enhance his chances, so I would not bet against him still playing for England in the future - as I have always believed that he would.

O'Neil's departure after 10 years with the club now leaves Primus as the senior Pompey pro, with him now taking the mantle as the clubs longest serving player.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

To join the Vital Pompey debate - in the forum or with comments on articles - simply take a few seconds to register an account.



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

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Wednesday September 12 2007
Time: 4:07PM

Comments

0
It's sad to say but moving away fom Pompey has probably enhanced his chances of Playing for England. Unfortuately there still seems to be a bias against our players though David James and Sol Campbell are doing their level best to break that down.
Steve C
12/09/2007 16:13:00
0
Dead right Steve. Only six Pompey players have appeared for England since the war and in that time we have won the Championship twice!! England are strong in midfield but GON has a chance and we all wish him well.
eastneydave
12/09/2007 16:16:00
0
he couldnt have really gone to a better team could he, spineless steve's not so secret lover downing is there so o'neil should be watched plenty of times shouldnt he... tbh i am still not quite sure about this england bias against pompey players - on the whole we have not had the players that were good enough to play for england have we, lets be honest... good luck o'neil tho, if and when this call up comes i will be almost as proud as i would have been had he still been here.
pompeyrug
12/09/2007 16:20:00
0
YEs good luck to the lad.
Midge
12/09/2007 16:51:00
0
Gary, i hope you realise your dream and play for your country, you deserve the chance, and i wish him all the best at the Boro. Gary will be sadly missed by us, and i hope he receives a warm welcome when he come s to Fratton to play for them.
Owenspompey
12/09/2007 16:57:00
0
I will miss Gary but I don't expect to see him in the white of England anytime soon
paultsmouth
12/09/2007 17:32:00
0
He might shine in a poor team. trust we put a clause in the contract that is he does play we get achunck of cash.
storagematt
12/09/2007 18:13:00
0
I think Primus is talking out of his arse!
merlin
12/09/2007 20:54:00
0
Nexttime merlin, dont beat around the bush, just come out and say what you mean!!!
pompey4me
12/09/2007 22:58:00
0
I wish GON well, but can't see it happening..... He was going to struggle to hold down his place in Pompeys starting 11 this season - who from the england set-up do you leave out in midfied to accomodare him either in the middle or on the right ...... Stevie G, Lampard, Carrick, Hargreaves, Barry, SWP, Beckham, Lennon.... I'd love to see it but it aint gonna happen...... maybe a cap in a friendly at best...
Chix
12/09/2007 23:07:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Almost there...stay on target

The win over Newport saw Pompey react well to the defeat to Stevenage with most results going in the Blues' favour too, meaning we've effectively got a seven point buffer on Boro.

League Two 2016/17 Golden Boot Battle (27/3/17)

With most playing 39 League Two games in the 2016/17 season, this year could still see a few players break the 20 goal mark.

On this day in history...27th March

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 27th March.

Vital View - League 2, 25th-26th March 2017

With Doncaster and Plymouth yet to play Portsmouth took advantage to close the gap and extend it on the chasing pack. Newport & Leyton Orient look likely to be relegated.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

pompeyrug
Editor email
Profile
eastneydave
Editor email
Profile
paultsmouth
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Newport MotM
Suggested By:
Forde28%
Evans0%
Davies0%
Clarke0%
Stevens0%
Rose7%
Doyle3%
Baker0%
Naismith48%
Bennett11%
Doyle0%
Sub-Chaplin3%
Sub-Lowe0%
Sub-Whatmough0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Doncaster 39 23 9 7 78 30
2 Plymouth 39 23 6 10 75 19
3 Portsmouth 39 20 8 11 68 26
4 Stevenage 39 19 5 15 62 12
5 Blackpool 39 15 15 9 60 21
6 Luton 39 15 15 9 60 19
7 Exeter 39 17 8 14 59 16
8 Carlisle 39 15 14 10 59 -2
9 Mansfield 39 15 13 11 58 5
10 Colchester 39 16 9 14 57 4
11 Wycombe 39 15 10 14 55 0
12 Cambridge 38 15 9 14 54 6
13 Grimsby 39 14 10 15 52 -2
14 Barnet 39 12 15 12 51 -3
15 Accrington 38 12 13 13 49 -1
16 Crewe 39 12 12 15 48 -9
17 Crawley 39 13 9 17 48 -13
18 Yeovil 39 10 16 13 46 -9
19 Morecambe 39 13 7 19 46 -15
20 Notts County 39 13 7 19 46 -22
21 Hartlepool 39 10 11 18 41 -16
22 Cheltenham 39 9 12 18 39 -16
23 Newport 39 7 12 20 33 -21
24 Leyton Orient 39 9 5 25 32 -29
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Hartlepool United (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Yeovil Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 14 2017 2:30PM : Plymouth Argyle (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Notts County (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Cambridge United (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 29 2017 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.pompeyrug79
2.PompeyFrippy50
3.storagematt38
4.Copnor4328
5.stubbsy00725
6.FrattonBlue20
7.eastneydave19
8.Jimsmithswig18
9.Dorking Pompey16
10.pompeyweller14
Write for Vital Football