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Sol to start for England again

Sol Campbell deputised for England captain John Terry at the weekend in the Euro 2008 qualifier with Estonia, he is set to continue with Terry ruled out of the Russia match.

Terry had initially been a doubt for both qualifiers but then appeared to have recovered for the trip to Russia, but having suffered a relapse on Tuesday he was ruled out now Campbell will retain his place.

An England victory this afternoon will book our place at Euro 2008 - something that looked quite unlikely a few months ago.

If we make it we could be watching England with at least two Pompey players - David James and Campbell - in the squad, 50 odd years after we last had a Pompey player going to a major finals with England.

I am delighted to see Campbell play again, as I want to see Pompey players not only in the England squad, but also playing but from a slightly selfish Pompey point of view I worry what affects this might have on him? It will mean 3 matches in a week for him when we face Wigan at the weekend.

On the other hand this could be exactly what he needs? A run of matches to really test him and get things sorted.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 17 2007

Time: 10:37AM

Your Comments

I missed Saturday's game as I was in Spain and couldn't find a bar showing the game so I've no idea how well he did, but on the assumption we had a clean sheet and I've not been textd with any sacastic comments I think all must have been ok - Don't get too worried about Solid playing 3 in 8 he's a mean machine and even at his age he's shown he's a very fit top class pro.. Come on Sol do yourself, your club and your country proud..... and if you can stick one in from a corner now wouldn't that be good ..
Chix
sol didnt really have alot to do, but what he did do he did well... i had a cheeky bet on him to score but he never went up for a corner, i will put a bet on him again tonight tho too... im still alittle worried about what robinson might do today tho tbh, but i clearly hope he performs.
pompeyrug
He'll be a bit busier today. Let's hope Sol does himself, Pompey & England proud. Top man.
storagematt
sol did virtually nothing noticable in the game against estonia...but then again, with defenders, you only remeber the bits where they muck up, or make an excepional tackle (which wasnt needed) - so the fact that he had an unmemrobale gam shows that it was also a good ame. On the note of defenders, the only thing i saw lescott doing was making a pointless run, and subsequnetly loosing the ball...i am surprised he has been picked...
pompeycarpet
im not being biased but i thought sol did more than he was credited for against estonia - he might not have done alot, but what he did he did well... in our defeat to russia this afternoon tho i thought he was fantastic he did literally everything right - being ultra critical you could say that having won the ball several times by not clearing far enough this kept the pressure on when russia scored their 2nd, but that is just really clutching at straws? with rio suspended for the croatian match if he is fit then i would expect sol to start that match too...
pompeyrug
but i am sure that he was fantastic...on the other hand, how was robinson in goal? time for jam to take his place?
pompeycarpet
england apearance...like london busses...i didnt see how he played, but he was a defender, we did loose, and conceed 2 goals, and terrys absence (hence the inclusion of campbel) will be blamed. thats the way it goes...
pompeycarpet
Bolloxski.
storagematt
sol really was fantastic - arguably the best england player, he should have score tho? you know that mistake i feared robbo making... you could say that he did for the 2nd russian goal? but this might be being too harsh or cirical of him - but i still reckon that jamo should have been the keeper for 2 such crucial games - he commands his area, robbo doesnt...
pompeyrug
you i think you have got that mostly right pompeyrug, he was the best England player and i agree he should have tested the keeper with his header. Once stevie g got lazy with the simple chances you could see what was going to happen. With no ferdinand Sol may yet get to play against croatia.
russellm
did anybody else see the chelsea owner jumping with joy at our defeat, i'm guessing that might get remembered
russellm
if sol is fit i cannot see how he we not start the croatian match... yep i saw the sneaky russian jumping for joy.
pompeyrug
i'll try that again... if sol is fit i cannot see how he will not start the croatian match - you get the rest, that made sense!
pompeyrug
rug, that'll be the fault of that sneaky Russian again, as opposed to our Russian/ french/ Israeli chappy who is fine and upstanding and not a bit sneaky at all
russellm
just watching motd - yep torturing myself watching the england highlights and they really think robbo was to blame dont they... i called it several weeks back that i feared an error from him could bite us in the ass! clearly im not blaming it all on him - but i honestly feel that jamo would not have made an error so should have been the man on goal... so what will spineless steve do now, it is virtually too late but does he bring in jamo, or does he look to the long term future and try carson...
pompeyrug
 

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