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England start awaits Sol Campbell?

This weekend will quite probably make or break Sol Campbell's England career once and for all.

Having been recalled along with his Pompey teammate David James the Pompey captain unfortunately has not been able to play a solitary minute as injuries keep ruining his chances.

Many of us - myself included - thought that his final chance has gone when he had to withdraw for the second squad running last month, but he got back in this time and surely lightening could not strike for a third time - or so we thought!

An Achilles problem has limited his participation with the squad, but it is hoped that he will be fit - a fitness test will be given to him today - even more so now with the news that John Terry will definitely sit out the Estonian match, which would make it a near certainty that Campbell will not only feature in that match, but will start it if fit.

Destiny awaits, if he can prove his fitness he will become the first man since Mark Hateley to start a competitive match for England since 1984 - if he misses out through injury again then this would surely be the end of the line for him and would have to be viewed as the gods telling him it is not meant to be…


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 12 2007

Time: 8:00AM

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I hope that he does start, he is as good as Rio has ever been, and deserves the chance to step in. He has always been a class act and has pulled himself together after that blip at Arsenal. He will not let the country down and i wish him all the best, and feel proud as a Pompey fan that he is representing us in the national team.
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12/10/2007 10:08:00

Rug - slip up in the article. He will be the first Pompey player to represent England since Mark Hateley. In a competitive game the last player was Jimmy Dickinson World Cup 1954. Refer to my previous article.
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12/10/2007 12:12:00

I am also surprised to see the press saying that in Terry's absence England will need to play Ashley Cole to ensure thay have sufficient experience at the back. Sol has already won 69 caps surely that is experience enough!!
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12/10/2007 12:14:00

he is starting isnt he spineless has confirmed this! yep, sorry dave you are right - but this was all part of my ploy to see if you would spot the deliberate mistake :)
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12/10/2007 13:47:00

I hope he plays well and gets the nod for the Russia game, oh hold on a Chelsea player might be available, or am i being a cynic?
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12/10/2007 15:22:00

part of me wants him to play against russia too but another part is worried how this will affect him and his fitness for us with the game against wigan only a few days later - 3 games in a week could be too much for him?
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