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James not ready to call it a day yet

So David James became 'the first to speak out' against Spineless Steve with his column in The Observer over the weekend - rightly so.

Yep James did have a few words to say on Spineless Steve's selection policy where the keepers were concerned, but it was hardly a 'savage attack' as it might have been portrayed.

Either way James said he would not be looking to call it a day as far as England were concerned, then with his thoughts in The Telegraph he said: 'I fully understand the situation with Scotty playing in Austria, but then effectively I was demoted to No 3 and kept on the bench for the biggest game against Croatia.

'I wouldn't say I was upset, but I was disappointed.

'My inclusion in the squad was to put pressure on Robbo and to compete for a place.

'I've got no intention of finishing. I'll see who the next man is and who his favourites are'.

Another man that was 'surprised' to say the least that his Pompey team mate was not included against Croatia was the man that left Scott Carson with egg on his face, Niko Kranjcar who also told The Telegraph: 'David James has been the best goalkeeper in England for the past two seasons since I came over.

'So, for me, it is a strange decision that he is not England's No 1'.

I have made no secret of the fact that I think James should have been the England no.1 for sometime, I has also made no secret of the fact that I feel James could carry on for England up to and including the 2010 world cup.

He is not the type of person that would walk away, so it is little surprise that he will carry on - only time will tell what the new England manager, whoever it might be, thinks...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 26 2007

Time: 8:00AM

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Well said Niko (you little star you!). I wondered how long before Jamo would say what he thought - quicker than I expected. Lets hope the new manager, whoever he is, sees some sense about this.
tracyc
if its 'arry then i think its safe to say that jamo will stay... but i pray it isnt 'arry tho! either way again i stress i think it has to be jamo. he says about challenging others for the spot, he is the senior man and the best man at the moment so they should be challenging him - not the other way round, get him back as the no.1 and take it from there...
pompeyrug
please please please not harry! if we censor any talk of him possibly becoming manager, maybe the fa wont even think about it! anyway, jamo is quite right...its just a shame he didnt say it whilst mclaren was still manager...
pompeycarpet
I never thought for a second that if Spineless dropped Robinson any other keeper would step in to a big game other than Jamo. He got that any many other decisions wrong & we all suffer.
storagematt
its crazy isnt it - we were calling for robbo to be dropped, when he was carson came in, go figure? altho i had said in the forum that i bet spineless would do this - and he did!
pompeyrug
We have Krunchy to thank for demonstrating how right we were about playing Carson instead of Jamo. And we have him to thank for finally getting rid of the clown, too. I'm actually starting to think that although it stinks that we're not in Euro 2008 - its a blessing in disguise because it was the only way we would get rid of him.
tracyc
Had Jamo been playing then I doubt Niko would have tried his luck from 30 yards.
NinjaTim
'I wouldn't say I was upset, but I was disappointed' UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR AND A VERY DIPLOMATIC ANSWER 'My inclusion in the squad was to put pressure on Robbo and to compete for a place. pUT PRESSURE ON HIM TO DROP THE BALL SO SPINELESS COULD GIVE THE PLACE TO CARSON 'I've got no intention of finishing. I'll see who the next man is and who his favourites are' WELL JAMO - LET'S HOPE IT'S UNCLE HARRY HE'S THE ONLY ONE I KNOW WHO WILL HAVE THE BOTTLE TO PICK ENGLANDS 'TRUE' NO1 GOOD TO SEE YOU'RE NOT PREPARED TO GIVE UP JUST BECAUSE SOME SPINELESS FOOL COULDN'T SEE WHAT WAS RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIS EYES
Chix
 

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