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'Arry - Jamo is still England's no.1

Dave Nugent came on at half time against Ipswich and did change the game, his pace, movement and mobility caused all sorts of problems for them in the 2nd half and his goal proved the winner, but David James did the business again for us at the other end didn't he - showing once again he is still the top English keeper in the country, after making 3 fantastic saves.

And Harry Redknapp remains convinced that new England boss Fabio Capello should look no further than James as his no.1: 'I have never seen anyone as dedicated.

'He made three saves against Ipswich no-one else would have done. He has got everything.

'Their fans were singing 'England's number four' - well I would like to see the other three'.

My thoughts on James remain the same as they have been for the past 2 years, there is no better English keeper around.

We have a lot of fantastic keepers, such as Scott Carson, Ben Foster, Chris Kirkland and Paul Robinson but none should be picked ahead of James. He is 37, but so what, unless you knew this you wouldn't know! He is as fit, mobile, agile and most importantly as good as ever - in fact better.

A fella that I feel could surprise a few is Man City's Joe Hart? I have this feeling that he could be making the England squad sooner rather than later, but he would still be behind James, who has the experience and quality that England needs.

I suppose we will find out next month what Capello thinks wont we...

Speaking of James, he was pleased with his performance but progression into round 4 of the FA cup meant more to him, and he hopes that we can keep progressing, so his hope is that today's draw will be 'kind to us'.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 7 2008

Time: 11:00AM

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Fabio Capello was recently quoted as saying his main concern was that he 'doesn't have a world class goalkeeper he can rely on'. I really hope Jamo's performance on Saturday goes part of the way to convince him that he really does.
tracyc
And on top of that the press this morning are saying that Glen JOhnson should be the England Right Back. The Opta stats put him top of the tree with Hart the top keeper!!
eastneydave
johnson should be the england right back - ive honestly never seen a better attacking right back in a pompey shirt... attacking has never been his problems, defending is what let him down, but the fella can now do this, he's getting better all the time and has to be in the next england squad, if not starting 11... and again jamo just proves why he should have been the no.1 for the last 2 years, and quite possibly why he should be now...
pompeyrug
David James was exceptional and it also shows that he can go for periods of the game without being called on to often yet still be able to keep focused and pull of superb stops! Definately englands no1 at the moment as the younger keepers are still developing. The only thing that may go against him is that we dont have competitve games for a while, so capello may use the friendlies to give the younger players more exp.... only time will tell!
Sachas_Brother
U dead right Sachas bro!!! DJ is consitent...and, never thought I'd say it, so is GJ!!!!!.......Def ned to see Glen in a England shirt!
CharlieChimes
I'd have Jamo in goal, Johnson at right-back, Cashley at left-back and Micah & Rio in the centre. There is pace and guile all over that back four.
stillthewhizz
Yes Glen is just ripe for a call-up, he's been outstanding this year. I hope Sr Capello (we need a nickname for him?) comes to watch a Pompey game or 2 before long. But I guess he's got a lot to fit in over the next few weeks.
tracyc
i doubt he'll be watching us against sunderland or derby, probably against united tho at old trafford.
pompeyrug
david james, best goalkeeper in the country...well derrr...sorry, couldnt resist. and i full agree with stillthewhizz for his starting back 5 (assuming jamo in goal) - there is no place for a slow injury prone failure in the england defence...
pompeycarpet
can u imagine? jamo, campbell, johnson. and if nugents form picks up before the friendly...
jbaker
best keeper I have ever seen.
PompeyGleamer
If spineless had picked Jamo for the Croatia game we would have qualified. Frank Carson still ships in loads of goals for Villa, hasn't had that much Prem experience & even less international exposure. Robinson continues to make mistakes, so that leaves Jamo. Do we dwel on his past or his present?
storagematt
his past is a very distant past isnt it, as in all fairness he was still the best keeper when he was with city wasnt he... capello has the chance to prove he is picking on performance, start as you mean to go on fella or you'll be no better than spineless...
pompeyrug
...although i really wouldnt be surprised if he gave joe Hart a chance in one of the friendlies. If there has been anyone that has come close to jamo, it has been Joe Hart. Rob green has been suggested by west ham fans - but he hasnt been anythoing special, nor has scott carson - in fact, there really arnt many goalkeepers i would rather have at pompey in the world, let alone england!
pompeycarpet
oh, and were taylor to stay - and cranie to recover - we could be going for an all pompey back 5 for england - even if a couple of the individuals were worse, a sensible manager should still play them, as they would all be used to playing together (if cranie played, and matty came in at left back...not realy asking for much a i?)
pompeycarpet
Jamo is the top man right now, but a manager building for the future probably won't consider him, never know though
paultsmouth
the problem for jamo, is that fabio has untill september to choose a man, and get them ready for the team - and then untill 2010 to get them completly ready to play. that means he could start anywhere really...
pompeycarpet
Lots of games to play before septemebr and to be hinest it's his form 'early next season' that will count.. Capello is no mug he'll recognise straight off that James has talent, but whether he want's a 37 keeper is more to the point.. a lot will depend on how he selects hs squad... That said the Italians did have a 40 year old keeper lift the World Cup for them .. so where there's life there's hope.. Long way to go before a decision needs to be made though..
Chix
good points mate, but perssonally i still reckon jamo would be more than able to play at the 2010 world cup finals.
pompeyrug
carpet how about linvoy instead of cranie? he'd have made the team on last season's form. and capello has said that he plays in the present not the future, which means beckham, sol and jamo playing surely?
jbaker
i have a feeling we may not see linvoy play again -his knee injury has been awful, but on last seasons form (the beggining anyway) we SHOULD have had an all pompey back 4!
pompeycarpet
jamos a leg!! best keeper I have ever seen play.
PompeyGleamer
dont write optimus off yet carpet... this has been done so mant times in the past, but he's always rose to it.
pompeyrug
 

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