Date: 22nd August 2007 at 8:17am
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Pompey defender Martin Cranie was called up to the England U21 squad for the first time last week and he marked this call up by making his debut last night.

Cranie started the friendly match against Romania as a new looked England side were held to a 1-1 draw in Bristol, taking the lead in the 1st half when Matt Derbyshire scored. Romania levelled before half time, then had a player sent off in the 2nd half.

Tonight the full England side face Germany in a friendly at Wembley and David James will be hoping to mark his recall – after more than a year in the wilderness – with the chance to show Spineless Steve what he has been missing.

No doubt it will be a poor match, as most of the England games are these days, but hopefully James can get at least a half to show his stuff. My thinking is he deserves to play at least the 2nd half – arguably he deserves a start – after being overlooked when he clearly should have been in the squads all along, if not as the No.1.

Either way, so long as he comes back to Pompey tomorrow fit and well, ready for Chelsea on Saturday that is the main thing – get you match predictions forward for the Chelsea game in the predictions league by clicking here.

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