Date: 21st August 2008 at 8:10am
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David James and Jermain Defoe started for England against the Czech Republic last night – neither really impressed, but in fairness who did for England though!

After making a good save early on James looked shaky as he won his 40th cap and had one major rush of blood to the head that should have seen England punished with a goal really – it is moments like that which will not help his claims to retain the no.1 jersey…

Defoe, who was starting his 3rd successive game for England, was taken off at half time after making little impression alongside Wayne Rooney – but did have a couple of half chances – as Emile Heskey came on.

The luckiest of the Pompey trio on duty was Glen Johnson as he escaped by staying on the bench for the night! Wes Brown was handed the right back berth and marked this with a goal, which equalised former Pompey striker Milan Baros earlier effort. The Czech’s went ahead again and only an injury time goal from Joe Cole earned us a 2-2 draw.

Even before this game we all knew how pointless it was having an international friendly so early in the season – little will have been learned from this experience to take forward into the World Cup qualifiers, which start in 3 weeks…


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