Jamo Snubbed Again
My hero, the best English goalkeeper by far over the past 18 months has been overlooked again. Its been announced Scott Carson is playing in goal for the friendly v Austria, and Paul Robinson gets the nod for the Croatia game.
Nothing against Scott Carson, but what does Jamo actually have to do? The Premier League clean sheet record holder has kept 5 clean sheets of the last 7 in the premiership, and played outstandingly well. Not just that but his command and distribution is second to none - how many others can just chuck the ball 60 yards up field to find an attacking player like he can?
Perhaps despite his incredibly athletic physique that would put many 20-somethings to shame, its his age that has gone against him? If that's the case then perhaps McClaren should tell him that rather than just string him along in the squad and playing him for half a friendly.
Or is it the poor form he experienced prior to joining Pompey? The howler in (ironically) Vienna and a form which he has done incredibly well to put behind him and hit the great form he`s hit consistently for over a year now? If that's the case, then why has he had another call up to the squad? Is it really true that he can't be allowed to put that behind it and be given credit for how is playing now? Robinson is the 'calamity' keeper now, why does he keep his place?
Having said all that, I am just about to appear to contradict myself, because I do feel that given Jamo's desperation to deservedly get his place back for England, coupled with the possible (depending on the Israel-Russia match) huge pressure on England for the Croatia game, to have put him back in for that one would have been too much pressure for anyone, and it would have been completely unfair to have recalled him for that match. He should have been recalled before now. What is prompting this out-pouring is the fact that it appears Carson has now gone into second place for the number 1 shirt above him. McClaren you made your own bed, you continued to play Robinson - you live and die by that now. And other decisions, like dropping Beckham for all that time, and Sol. Playing Gerard and Lampard together . . .
I can't believe we might fail to qualify for Euro 2008. And we might even have to live with our Scottish neighbours getting through. What a fun summer that's going to be, especially after the stick we gave them in the World Cup.
Only thing I have to add any further is that if Jamo wants a hug and a shoulder to cry on I'm here . . . . .Written by tracyc
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