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David James clocked up his 500th premier league appearance yesterday at Old Trafford - unfortunately not even he could save us from another Old Trafford defeat.

We were soundly beaten 2-0 by a rampant United, but had it not been for James we would have most certainly have lost by a huge margin as he once again made a series of fine saves - granted some might have been straight forward but still required the 'concentration' that has so often been claimed 'he lacked'.

I am not sure if Fabio Capello was watching, it was said that he would but it was later said that he was actually watching the Reading v Chelsea game, either way I have no doubts that he would have again had one of his team watching James as he had the Plymouth game last weekend - and these 2 games must have convinced him that he must be in his squad... at least.

James has taken some stick over these 500 games, but he cannot be 'that bad' to have raked up that many games in his long and distinguished career, which still has plenty of miles left in the tank and a good 100-200 games more for Pompey I feel over the next 2-4 years.

And during these years ahead my own thinking is that he will probably be he England no.1 again as he is still the best - all rose tinted views aside. So if he is in the squad again under Capello it would be pointless having him there for any other reason than being just that, the England no.1.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 31 2008

Time: 9:00AM

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The guy sets such high standards for himself, he is an inspiration both on and off the pitch. Keeps us in so many games, kept the score down to 2 last night, and to think, we all believed the calamity tag! Go Jamo, thanks for being at POMPEY!
pompey4me
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31/01/2008 09:05:00

Capello was there. Shame James spilled quite a few balls yesterday but then he seems to always perform worse when there's talk of the England team. As much as I love Jamo it's time England built a new team without the old guys, and do it properly not a half arsed effort like McClaren tried.
stillthewhizz
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31/01/2008 09:31:00

Didn't he have a fantastic game - kept the score down to 2-0, amazing saves and all in front of Fabio.
tracyc
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31/01/2008 09:32:00

Absolutely fantastic performance, and showed Tommy Cooper exactly why he should put him in his first England team! Easily Pompeys' man of the match, probably marginally behind Ronaldo who made such a huge impact for them.... Glen Johnson didn't advance his chances quite as well, but to be fair you expect a torrid time having to defend at Old Trafford.
Tantona
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31/01/2008 11:19:00

whizz jamo might be 37 but he isnt built like a 37 year old, he is as fit and argile as any of these 'youngsters' that we could turn to and is better than the lot - there is that saying 'if you are good enough you are old enough' that might apply to a youngster, but it shouldnt stop an older player also being good enough, and he is and will be for at least 2 more years, so i would have no hesitation in making him my no.1 if i was england manager...
pompeyrug
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31/01/2008 12:04:00

Congrats to the man. No reason why he can't reach 600. Pompey's & England's No.1
storagematt
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31/01/2008 13:27:00

great player! fabio, mclaren, allodyce...they were all there! jamo didnt have his best game ever - but he still was miles better than his competition!
pompeycarpet
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31/01/2008 17:24:00

Great achievement - will he make 600?
merlin
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31/01/2008 19:43:00

 

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