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Sol shows his England class

Sol shows his England class

Some may say this is being viewed through my blue glasses with a yellow horizontal moon and star in the middle of each of the lenses, but Sol Campbell was arguably the best player for England against Russia yesterday as he passed his first major test since returning to the international scene with flying colours.

The Russia defeat now leaves England teetering on the brink of elimination and crushingly not making it to Euro 2008, but I got immense pleasure from watching Campbell put in a fantastic performance - and one that proved that he is still very much good enough for international football.

With Rio Ferdinand picking up a booking he will now miss the Croatia match through suspension, so fitness permitting Campbell must surely be the man set to step in and take his place, for what would then be his 3rd England start running.

Some time prior to the Russian match - and more and more repeatedly as it got closer - I had expressed my concerns that Paul Robinson could make an error that would come back to haunt us, so my thinking was David James - a man that has such command of his area, something that was desperately needed at such a crucial time - should have come back in.

Whilst I am not saying that Robinson is at fault for our defeat he is being held quite accountable by many for not doing better with the initial shot which eventually saw the Russian winner.

His form for Spurs recently has been a major concern for so many. Was Spineless Steve right or wrong to keep him in is not really a matter of debate now, as it is basically irrelevant as it cannot change what has happened, but with our qualification hopes all but over what does he do for the Croatia match?

Does he stick with Robinson again? Bring James - the man that should be England's no.1 - back in? Or make a complete break altogether and bring in a more long-term option such as Scott Carson?

Whatever happens to be honest over this international break it has been fantastic to see Campbell back in the England side and fitness permitting he will be again for at least one last stand against Croatia, hopefully, as he should have long ago James will also join him.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Thursday October 18 2007
Time: 7:00AM

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James is just a liable for the odd flipent moment as robinson
EvertonMike
18/10/2007 07:36:00
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Odd...... odd.......odd flipent moment are we talking about the same Paul Robinson EvertonMike ? Robinson is a complete liability for his club and country at the moment - I wouldn't have let him anywhere near the airport for the Russia game let alone on the team coach or on the pitch. James does (still) make the odd mistake but have a look at the stats for this season and last James is without doubt the best English goalkeeper in the premiership - All that said, Robinson will play against Croatia because if Spineless drops him now people will ask why he didn't do it sooner...
Chix
18/10/2007 08:00:00
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Was James at fault for our loss in Russia ? In part yes, he should have and could have pushed that shot away from goal instead of just parrying it. Should Gerrard have scored ? to bl00dy right he missed a sitter. Should Richards and Campbell made more of their chances ? - Yep they should especially Sols free header.. But the thing that get me more than anything was what was Rooney doing at left back ? wheter inside or outside of the box he should not have needed to be in a position where he had to make a telling tackle.
Chix
18/10/2007 08:04:00
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After the Croatia game (and if we don't get through) we will see Robinson and James replaced by Green and Carson - Surely they must now be primed as Englands future goalkeeping hopes...
Chix
18/10/2007 08:06:00
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tbh i could still see jamo doing a job up to and inclduing the next world cup so he could still get in as robbo has to be dropped for the next game - spineless will have to make this call... he said that he might not have been in form for spurs but he does not let england down. again not fully blaming robbo for our defeat as that is wrong, but he did make a mistake so he has now... but it is more likely that someone new will come through - i rate carson, green and foster, if kirkland can stay injury free for long enough then he is as good as anyone too.
pompeyrug
18/10/2007 10:37:00
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I think its time for English football to have a bit of a rethink. Firstly about the appalling choice of English managers waiting to succeed Steve McClaren. Secondly the way in which the eleven best English players are chosen rather than players to make up the best team. I'll enjoy Euro 2008 knowing England won't be there.
The Rabbi
18/10/2007 10:46:00
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Having heard the score last night I was ready to write off Sol's future England career. Having seen the highlights and read this morning's press I was totally wrong it is the majority of the others who should be looking over their shoulders. He must surely now be back as a regular not a stand in.
eastneydave
18/10/2007 12:26:00
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I think that current form should be more important for england than previous experiences and people need to move away from this calamity james tag so on that note we should have either Jammo or Green in goal for england...... As Robinson is a liability! Didnt look comfortable at all! Sol campbell should be proud of his defending yesterday, his only real mistake was the header should have atleast been on target which if Gerrard hadnt fluffed his chance shouldnt have mattered anyway!
Sachas_Brother
18/10/2007 12:55:00
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We are not as good a side as we think we are and we certainly are not a team. Mclaren is woeful and needs to go, and go as quickly as possible. We were really poor and Rooney had to cover fro Lescott at Left back for most of the game, even Richards was poor. Sol did a decent job and will surely start against Croatia if he is fit, but spineless have the bottle to go with some sort of dignity and take the job at QPR.
Owenspompey
18/10/2007 13:26:00
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what have QPR done to deserve him?
The Rabbi
18/10/2007 14:02:00
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