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Come on spineless its Jamo time!

I know that we keep having this argument - and most of us have argued it until we are blue in the face - so many times but with the latest England squad just around the corner surely this it the time that Spineless Steve makes David James the England no.1 again...

Come on fellas, I know people have argued he is 'too old' but we all know that there is not a better English keeper around at the moment, with the experience required to take on such a job at this time.

Yep he is 37 but there is absolutely no reason why he could not still be the no.1 in at least 2 years time for the 2010 world cup finals, he is as fit as anyone, as agile and mobile as ever and most importantly as hungry as ever to play for club and country. He has the command of his area - which puts confidence in the defenders in front of him - that none other does, need I go on!

Paul Robinson is low on confidence and out of form, he has admitted as much last week, so with Croatia being a must win game - even though that might not be enough - Spineless Steve cannot afford not to make this call.

We all know James is the best English keeper around and has been for a couple of years - even before he came here - and this was proved none more so than at the weekend against Newcastle, even though we won 4-1.

He made a fantastic save at 0-0, had that gone in things could have been so different?

Even the unfortunate Sol Campbell own goal had seen him make a fine double save, getting down to deny Charles N'Zogbia before getting up to deny Michael Owen before the ball went in off Campbell. He also came for and claimed everything - either catching or punching away - making a couple of other saves too in particular a fantastic point blank range save from Obafemi Martins' header.

Scott Carson, Robert Green, Ben Foster, even Robinson - perhaps - and the others are the future, but not the immediate future. If Spineless Steve has an ounce of courage about him he will grow a pair and take out Robinson and replace him with James.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 6 2007

Time: 9:00AM

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Jamo's better off without the England team. He makes too many mistakes when put under 'England' pressure and I really don't care enough about this national team to see the no.1 be in the team.
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06/11/2007 09:33:00

tbh ive thought about not caring about the current team, have even pretended not to but i know i always will be a very patriotic englishman even if it is people like spinesless in charge... in all fairness to jamo i dont think he has really made as many mistakes for england as we are led to believe, its just that tag that he had which stuck in many people's minds... i would feel much safer with jamo playing behind whatever the back 4 would be for england - and will keep pushing his claims and will want this until spineless gets the him, as i know he reads my word :-)
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06/11/2007 11:20:00

Has got to be picked.
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06/11/2007 11:34:00

Feckin hell, a blindfolded James is still better than Robinson....hell, my Mum is better than Robinson
Blue is the colour
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06/11/2007 11:41:00

wouldnt it just be typical if spineless bowed to the 'public pressure' and called up rob green... but left out jamo! you know what fellas i wouldnt put it past him doing such a thing...
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06/11/2007 11:41:00

Blue is the colour, i try a more subtle approach :-) but i know what you are saying.
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06/11/2007 11:42:00

Sorry for putting club before country, but I don't want Jamo in the England squad. What do Pompey get out of it? Nothing. Last time he was linked with the England No1 shirt he had a couple of wobbles and what was arguably his worst perforamnce - against Arsenal. But last season, with no pressure, he was probably the best keeper in the league. And, in the longer term, England will do better by brigning on younger talent like Rob Green. I for one would rather James was focussed only on us having a blinding season.
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06/11/2007 13:40:00

Have to agree with Dan, I'd much rather have him in perfect nick for Pompey week in week out and at his age, one can't be too careful. Jamo seems to take his caps pretty personally though, so I hope he gets as many as he deserves (which is many). As for Spineless Steve, I doubt he'll have much say in it after Russia's next 2 games. Hate to be a pessimist, but if you can't qualify for a tournament on your own steam then someone else deserves to be there in place of you.
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06/11/2007 14:44:00

Currently in goal: Rubbish, butterfingers, Spuds keeper in his mid-20s. Future, yes. Quality, no. Let's turn to a 37 year old with some degree of mistakes! Uh... No. Sorry guys I gotta disagree with Jamo being the England no. 1. He's definately the best keeper England has, but if he spends the last few years of his career between the England sticks, it's not going to let enough time for a young goalkeeper to gel in the side easily enough as it should be. I'd rather see McClaren go rather than Jamo go back in the side.
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06/11/2007 16:16:00

I'm inclined to agree in part, Lysimachus, but who? Green? Carson? the other one whose name escapes me? None of these are showing decent form for a decent club and you can't expect goalies to learn 'on the job', like the Eastenders cast seem to. I also agree with Toronto4Pompey in that I want him in pristine condition (oo er missus) for Pompey every week (or once a month when Spineless calls that bunch together for a debacle or two)(but not too much recently, thank god). I suppose, at bottom, I would rather the England team failed without James to use as a scapegoat.
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06/11/2007 17:46:00

last year, David james topped the actim inex for goalkeepers - not jus english ones, but for the whole league. to say he was "arguably" the best is wrong. he was the best. This week, he again prooved he was the best (i dont know where he is overall...but near the top) - and he has consistenly done so. the fact that he isnt the england number 1 suggests he will never be. if you cant be when your the number 1 goalkeeper in the premiership, you never will.
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06/11/2007 19:32:00

He's certainly playing a lot better than Robinson at the moment.
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06/11/2007 21:01:00

Et_tu_Pompeii: Green was the goalkeeper I had in mind. He's already played for England, good age, experienced, and he was unbreachable against Pompey last week. He does have his mishaps though, I have to say. But, IMHO, Green should be the next England keeper.
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06/11/2007 22:55:00

dont agree mate, sorry... i do think that green will be a future england keeper, but not yet - i watched the west ham game on sunday and kept saying to my friend i was watching it with 'that is why he isnt ready to be the england no.1 yet'... why was i saying that? his ability on crosses, he didnt know if he should stick or twist and got caught out with several. carson, green and foster are the future altho i can understand arguments being made jamo should still be the no.1 now...
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06/11/2007 23:43:00

Now here's a thought .... Let's say (for arguement) that James is too old and we need a keeper to take us to the next World Cup - I'd forget Green, Robinson, Carson etc and go for Cudicini ... Yes Cudicini of Chelsea ...as he has only been capped for Italy at Under-18 and Under-21 level, and not played competitively for the full national team, he is eligible to play for England as he has spent more than five years here.. So that's where my vote would go ... It's all academic anyway as Sineless will not drop Robinson
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07/11/2007 00:36:00

yep Chix ive had that thought in the past too as i think he is a fantastic keeper far too good to sit on the chelski bench forever...
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07/11/2007 09:56:00

na, wouldnt be right to have cudincini, and although he is a great shot stopper though
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07/11/2007 19:51:00

Why not Gleamer if needs must and all that ... Robbie Savage is Welsh after all and so is Ryan Giggs ... and Jack Charlton used only Irish players of course - The rules are the rules and it's not like England haven't played by them before in other sporting events .. Zola Budd, Greg Rudseski .. they are about as English/British as a Chicken Chow Mein... Play the system I say.. best man for the job and all that
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07/11/2007 22:04:00


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