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Defoe handed England call up

As I had predicted earlier today - eastneydave can vouch for this, as I think he saw the comment? - Jermain Defoe has received an England call up.

He had originally been omitted from the 30 man squad, but after injuries to Emile Heskey yesterday and Gabriel Agbonlahor today after an impressive debut Defoe has this evening got the call from Fabio Capello to meet up with the squad ahead of the friendly with Switzerland this week.

It is a thought that his non-selection for this 30 man squad in the first place might have been 'the straw that broke the camels back' and convinced him to leave Spurs in the first place?

Sadly Glen Johnson was yesterday cut from the 30 man squad and did not make it into the final 23.

The 'trimming' of the squad is something that some people are questioning. The argument is that this could have a negative effect on the players cut, and maybe he should have just chosen a squad as normal, but on the other hand another argument is that even the ones cut know that they are well and truly in Capello's thoughts...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 3 2008

Time: 9:28PM

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is this bad news? I mean perhaps he thinks that now hes back in, he can go back to tottenham, since hes on loan, I wish benji had gone on midnight, it would leave such a bitter taste, if defoe left at the end of season, when weve waited for him for years literally, and only have him for a few games. : (
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03/02/2008 21:34:00

how can it be bad new gleams? mate defoe is now our player - 'if' the benjani deal does fall through, then we will just have him on loan until the summer - but he wont be able to play against spurs - then sign him when we have the funds then... we have an agreement in place and i very much doubt - even with the screw ups we have made in the past - we will let defoe get away again now that we have him... i think he has already said too much to go back to spurs anyway tbh?
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03/02/2008 21:44:00

1. Yes Rug you did predict this earlier and 2. It is good news because he played and scored for Pompey yesterday had he still been at Spurs he would not have played and who knows. 3. It is bad news as it robs him of precious time on the training ground with Milan Baros particularly and the midfield in general.
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03/02/2008 21:57:00

Back in the squad is great but if he plays & as he is on 'loan' is he classed a Pompey or Spurs player?
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03/02/2008 22:23:00

jesus Christ!!! ahh, why didnt I read the full article : ), Ive been in a bad mood all day, lol, I thought he was goin back to spurs at the end of the season, thanks rug, ye great news then!!! lol, Just purchased my defoe shirt, it was a 50/50 flip between him and paramount.
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03/02/2008 22:28:00

my understanding is JD is registered as a pompey player, tbh i think Capello changed his policy partly because down to injuries he had no real alternative. I think it is an excellent outcome for both JD and the club, capello told him (JD) he needed to go somewhere and get starts, JD listened and he has done that, and now through good fortune he has his england place back, why would he go back to spurs and risk it all again when he knows the OKI shirt is no bar. Moving to pompey got him his place back and we will get a striker full of confidence, the club gets more much needed positive notoriety and the club will now find it easier to find other players to sign. Unlucky for GJ but he will get his chance i am sure.
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03/02/2008 22:35:00

if i was defoe i will tell capello to shove it down his throat but he is english and want to show some pride. now he has to grab his chance.
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03/02/2008 22:46:00

Lets hope we sign Defoe permanently this week. By the end of the season the fee will be 12 million and we won't be able to afford him.
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03/02/2008 22:53:00

You never know what's been written in the loan contract so I'm not going to get my knickers in a twist unless things are confirmed.
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03/02/2008 23:15:00

why would he do that though kaybee? in all fairness if someone isnt playing regularly for their club their is no way they 'should' play for their country - defoe was no execption, he has come here and in just 90 minutes been given a chance, granted by some fortune, the misfortune of others...
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03/02/2008 23:16:00

frattonaussie, tbh mate i think - and hope - that the agreement we have is water tight, a fee has been arranged and we will pay that this week or in the summer, whatever it takes i think we should pay that this week to avoid any 'problems'... but i do think that the permanent signing will be sorted this week anyway, probably tomorrow...
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03/02/2008 23:18:00

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03/02/2008 23:32:00

Rug, we all hope so but with what has been going on lately anything could happen.
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04/02/2008 01:37:00

Jesus.. some of you guys don't show any faith and everything seems to be doom and gloom... I bet if you won 2M on the lottery you'd moan and say it would be better if it was 3M... Come on fellas we've got Defoe... his loan thing is a technicality.. he's gonna want to play for his country and that can only be good for him and Pompey.... I'm iin total agreement with EastneyDave too... the only downside is that he'll miss some training time with Baros and the midfield but other than that this is great ... Pompey have (forgetting the contract issues) an England Striker....... What more do we want ?????
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04/02/2008 07:27:00

Chix,how about 2 England strikers!! Given a chance with some good feeds (ball feeds not Burgers) Nugent could rise to the top. Out of interest in HR's squad how many aren't internationals for their own country? Not too many I would think.
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04/02/2008 10:27:00

I'm really happy he has got a chance. Just shows that moving here and playing a full game put him back on the radar. This will only cement his view that coming here was defiantly the right choice. Good for the club and the player.
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04/02/2008 11:25:00

defoe will do well fo england, and im glad the guy has got his chance again. he'll now realise that it's because of pompey that he is in the squad. not only is the loan a technicality, but why would he want to return after one game, and realising that its him that needs us. and with the thigs he said when he left, cant see tottenham wanting him back...
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