Pompey Quartet Feature In England Win

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 19 November 2008
David James, Glen Johnson, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch all took part in England's 2-1 victory over Germany in Berlin.

Jamo played the first half but didn't have much to do and didn't make any mistakes. Scott Carson's indecision will ensure that it is another England goalkeeper who takes the headlines tomorrow, although John Terry should also share the blame for that hiccup.

The bad news for Pompey fans is that Jermain Defoe withdrew at half-time with a calf strain. The reports say it is precautionary but he will now be a doubt for Saturday's game with Hull.

Glen Johnson played the whole match and was one of the best players on the pitch. He got up and down the wing, worked extremely hard and defended well. Fabio Capello may end up sticking with him for the next couple of games after that performance.

Peter Crouch came on in stoppage time for a cameo appearance as England defended their 2-1 lead given to them by goals by Matthew Upson and John Terry.

As for the general performance I thought we were excellent all over the pitch. Upson was rock solid alongside the rest of the defence, Michael Carrick and Stewart Downing were very impressive whilst the rest of the squad also played their part.

The only downpoint of the game was the two moments of madness that almost cost us the match. Only Darren Bent will know how he missed that open goal and then just seconds later Patrick Helmes has taken advantage of a cock-up between Terry and Carson.

As I mentioned earlier, I think both players should share the blame. Carson shouldn't have come so far out of his goal but John Terry still had plenty of time to deal with the situation rather than wait and have the ball taken from him.

Brilliant performance otherwise from all involved. Here's hoping Defoe makes it in time for Saturday.

Portsmouth Match Reports

Sky Bet League One Sat 18th November 15:00

Portsmouth 1 - 0 Southend United

Last game - Match Centre


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