Date: 8th August 2007 at 8:22am
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It had virtually long since been accepted that Sol Campbell and David James’ England careers were over, particularly Campbell’s – well in my thinking anyway.

However with the news that Steve McClaren is planning to cast his eye over the pair, Campbell primarily – although James will certainly impress him too and is the more deserving of a recall if truth be known – with the view to handing him an England recall after over a year in international exile – and Campbell is as hungry for this call as ever.

Campbell insists that his desire to represent England is as strong as ever and he wants to add to his 69 caps – the last of which came against Sweden at the 2006 world cup finals – but not as a short term stop gap, he still believes he has plenty of mileage on the clock yet.

At 32 he is not exactly at the veteran stage, but is getting on in years but he still feels, as he told the Pompey site, he has at least 4 or 5 ‘good years’ left in him and he would like to spend these years not only playing club, but also international football.

This news is not only good news potentially for England, but possibly also for Pompey?

I was not sure that he would want to play on for this length of time, but the news that he will has filled me with more confidence that we may be able to see him in the Pompey shirt for a few more years yet – how our season pans out this time round will determine if he stays or goes. A place in Europe would surely keep him, missing out gain would probably see time called on his Fratton career.

Should Campbell and/or James get the England recalls they deserve, particularly James, then they could well become the first Pompey players to represent England for well over 20 years – and this would put Pompey further onto the map!

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