Puncheon backing Lambert for England call-up

RICKIE LAMBERT

RICKIE LAMBERT

by Gordon Simpson , Senior Sports Reporter Updated on in Sport

Saints midfielder Jason Puncheon believes Rickie Lambert deserves an England call-up.

Manager Roy Hodgson will soon be selecting his squad for next month’s friendly against Brazil, at Wembley.

Lambert has made a strong case for inclusion, with no English player able to better his ten Premier League goals this season.

Four of those have come in his last six matches, while he has also been credited with three assists this term.

At 30 years old, and only in the midst of his first top-flight campaign, Lambert has a lot of persuading to do in order to convince Hodgson.

But Puncheon believes the forward’s displays merit international recognition.

“For me, he definitely deserves an England call-up for what he’s done,” said Puncheon, who himself was tipped for a possible future England role by his former Barnet manager, Paul Fairclough, earlier this season.

Puncheon added: “He’s done the same sort of thing as me – he’s played in League Two, League One, the Championship and come to the Premier League and he looks like he’s been here for years.”

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7:34am Thu 24 Jan 13 Tirau Dan says…

Get in there Rickie.. Any truth to the rumour Punch really went off for a shag.... he's quick!

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7:40am Thu 24 Jan 13 Seedhouse the Unrepentant says…

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7:52am Thu 24 Jan 13 only1chopper says…

Fully deserved if he does, England places should be done on recent performance and not on just who they are, so a lambert Defoe, the 2 top English scorers in the premiership up front, and even puncheon could get a call up, again on recent consistent outings for the saints.

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8:13am Thu 24 Jan 13 Saint 2701 says…

Couldn't agree anymore, best number 7 since Matt. Living legend!

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8:21am Thu 24 Jan 13 Little Hitler says…

If Carlsberg made footballers... Our best signing might well be to get Punch on a new contract. He's been excellent this season and it's a little worry that we could lose him for nothing this summer.

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8:53am Thu 24 Jan 13 WECOMING4U says…

Better than Kevin Davies , better than Andy Carroll , better than Dean Ashton and these just to name three have been given the chance over the years? Give the man a chance Roy.

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9:15am Thu 24 Jan 13 rednwhite72 says…

WECOMING4U wrote…

Better than Kevin Davies , better than Andy Carroll , better than Dean Ashton and these just to name three have been given the chance over the years? Give the man a chance Roy.

Better then heskey, crouch and carrol, oops! You already said carrol, Roy would be a fool to not give him a chance, for me its a no brained, he is the perfect player to fit what they are looking for, he is excellent with back to goal holding up play, excellent at knocking on, passing, through halls, free-kicks, shooting, goal scoring, heading...do you need me to carry on, the only thing he has against him is his age. A perfect compliment for Dafoe or Rooney. open your eyes Roy boy its obviously the right choice.

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9:16am Thu 24 Jan 13 three halves says…

Rickie certainly deserves a call up on merit and i would be surprised if he is overlooked. It would be a travesty if he was not proudly wearing the England shirt for next months game.

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9:28am Thu 24 Jan 13 Puddletown Saint says…

Totally agree. If Rickie was playing in London or the North West then no questions would be asked. On this thread (although biased) Would have Clyne over Johnson Walker and Richards Would take Cork before Cleverly Carrick Henderson or Osman Luke Shaw is second only to Baines And surely Punch ahead of Young Milner Zaha and Ox But proberly not for Woy...........

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9:29am Thu 24 Jan 13 Mush On The Beach says…

Rickie has proved himself to be the complete premiership player this season. Roy has already primed Lallana for his future intentions, so I don’t believe he will be afraid to make the correct decision on Lambo.

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9:37am Thu 24 Jan 13 franiow says…

Lambert is an all round player who is a good lad as well. He has paid his dues, never above League 1 until a season and a half ago. Late in his career, he has shown that he is a real PL quality striker. If he is ever to get an England cap, his best chance would be with Roy. What a story that would be.

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9:39am Thu 24 Jan 13 franiow says…

P.s. Pearce suggested that Shaw could be called up for the u21s friendly.

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9:46am Thu 24 Jan 13 warrens 76 says…

We are going places..Nigel will always be loved... ...however I believe we have only just begun and are seriously going places.... We can 'play' football it is installed through the academy..watch us when it is blended with continental particularly Spanish touch and possession.. First thing MP is going to do is get rid of the fear that creeps into our game...once we remove the hoof characteristic that bedevilles us under pressure we stay up. Once RL has a competant finisher to feed off or to we will be mid table... Once we have playmaker midfielder that can contribute goals then top 8... The future is golden ...now we have to pack the stadium every game.

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9:47am Thu 24 Jan 13 warrens 76 says…

warrens 76 wrote…

We are going places..Nigel will always be loved... ...however I believe we have only just begun and are seriously going places.... We can 'play' football it is installed through the academy..watch us when it is blended with continental particularly Spanish touch and possession.. First thing MP is going to do is get rid of the fear that creeps into our game...once we remove the hoof characteristic that bedevilles us under pressure we stay up. Once RL has a competant finisher to feed off or to we will be mid table... Once we have playmaker midfielder that can contribute goals then top 8... The future is golden ...now we have to pack the stadium every game.

And RL will be chosen for England..

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10:07am Thu 24 Jan 13 White and red till dead says…

rednwhite72 wrote…

WECOMING4U wrote…

Better than Kevin Davies , better than Andy Carroll , better than Dean Ashton and these just to name three have been given the chance over the years? Give the man a chance Roy.
Better then heskey, crouch and carrol, oops! You already said carrol, Roy would be a fool to not give him a chance, for me its a no brained, he is the perfect player to fit what they are looking for, he is excellent with back to goal holding up play, excellent at knocking on, passing, through halls, free-kicks, shooting, goal scoring, heading...do you need me to carry on, the only thing he has against him is his age. A perfect compliment for Dafoe or Rooney. open your eyes Roy boy its obviously the right choice.

He deserves a call up. If he's good enough, he's good enough, regardless of his age. Peter Reid was 29 when he made his England debut, and they built the '86 World Cup team around him, so it's not impossible...

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10:08am Thu 24 Jan 13 White and red till dead says…

"Puncheon added: “He’s done the same sort of thing as me – he’s played in League Two, League One, the Championship and come to the Premier League and he looks like he’s been here for years.” " Seems Punch is lining himself up for an England call up as well...!

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10:31am Thu 24 Jan 13 St Retford says…

warrens 76 wrote…

We are going places..Nigel will always be loved... ...however I believe we have only just begun and are seriously going places.... We can 'play' football it is installed through the academy..watch us when it is blended with continental particularly Spanish touch and possession.. First thing MP is going to do is get rid of the fear that creeps into our game...once we remove the hoof characteristic that bedevilles us under pressure we stay up. Once RL has a competant finisher to feed off or to we will be mid table... Once we have playmaker midfielder that can contribute goals then top 8... The future is golden ...now we have to pack the stadium every game.

I like this post a lot, mainly because it makes use of the word "bedevilles". It makes it the sort of comment you can imagine being written on parchment with a quill, sealed up with wax and sent to the editor of The Times in about 1800. Anyway, yes Rickie should get an England call up - he's still young enough to do a job at the next world cup and could at least be relied on in penalties. I wouldn't put my mortgage on Roy picking him though, sadly. Roy is a dreadful tw@t.

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10:44am Thu 24 Jan 13 Confucious says…

Despite his many strengths, many latch onto two obvious possible reasons to explain Rickie's absence from the England squad - ie his age and relative lack of pace. And of course there isn't much that can be done about either of them. I think, however, the problem is Rickie's thick scouse accent - which can be cured with top-quality elocution lessons. Hodgson is a well schooled man and speaks with an educated upper class English accent. I guess many of you on here think Rickie's accent problem therefore relates to the use of the glottal stop as an allophone (including after a stressed syllable) and particularly when pronounced while flopped intervocically. In fact it's more likely to be the scouser's unusual use of the word 'boss' as a positive adjective (eg meaning 'good'). Thus Hodgson may have said to Rickie "How are you?" and Rickie replied: "I'm boss." It's clear that Hodgson would not approve of this superficially arrogant assertion. Some of you may jump in here and say that scouse of course derives from lobscouse, a very smelly stew made from ship's biscuit and fish which everybody in Liverpool eats - and which Hodgson simply got a whiff of on Rickie's breath and recoiled quickly. This isn't the case in my opinion, but even if it is, there's no problem in adding a good mouthwash to the elocution lessons.

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10:48am Thu 24 Jan 13 warrens 76 says…

Unfortnately Woy is a s you say not vewy attack minded and pwesides over the most useless England footballing team since, well ever. We have no hope of winning anything and all i would wowwy about is Wickie being injured for no benefit. Fair play to the lad he deserves a twinket like an England cap....selfishly I want him to stay with us only.

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12:13pm Thu 24 Jan 13 bribeasy says…

Surely in his current form, surely Puncheon too should be in the squad? Worth a punt in my book Mr Hodgson.

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12:15pm Thu 24 Jan 13 redsnapper says…

Why bother with Ingerlund? They play awful football, the players are not properly looked after and often get crocked. Club before country always!!

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12:19pm Thu 24 Jan 13 bribeasy says…

bribeasy wrote…

Surely in his current form, surely Puncheon too should be in the squad? Worth a punt in my book Mr Hodgson.

Too much 'surely' there fella. Perhaps the second one should read 'surly'?

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12:25pm Thu 24 Jan 13 saintgodders jnr says…

I do agree that punch is worth a shout for England although I think roy will overlook his skill in fear of him running off for a sh*t every 5 mins

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12:28pm Thu 24 Jan 13 Rockhopper says…

Many club supporters have become dissolutioned with the national team. One visit to overpriced Wembley is enough to put you off!

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1:38pm Thu 24 Jan 13 RedArmy1 says…

three halves wrote…

Rickie certainly deserves a call up on merit and i would be surprised if he is overlooked. It would be a travesty if he was not proudly wearing the England shirt for next months game.

It would indeed be recognition for SIR RICKIE to be included in the ENGLAND set up - and it's about time we saw ADAM back in the FRAME. WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY

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1:45pm Thu 24 Jan 13 Alicesdad says…

St Retford wrote…

warrens 76 wrote…

We are going places..Nigel will always be loved... ...however I believe we have only just begun and are seriously going places.... We can 'play' football it is installed through the academy..watch us when it is blended with continental particularly Spanish touch and possession.. First thing MP is going to do is get rid of the fear that creeps into our game...once we remove the hoof characteristic that bedevilles us under pressure we stay up. Once RL has a competant finisher to feed off or to we will be mid table... Once we have playmaker midfielder that can contribute goals then top 8... The future is golden ...now we have to pack the stadium every game.
I like this post a lot, mainly because it makes use of the word "bedevilles". It makes it the sort of comment you can imagine being written on parchment with a quill, sealed up with wax and sent to the editor of The Times in about 1800. Anyway, yes Rickie should get an England call up - he's still young enough to do a job at the next world cup and could at least be relied on in penalties. I wouldn't put my mortgage on Roy picking him though, sadly. Roy is a dreadful tw@t.

I like these two posts ,, I like the word "bedevilles" too... is that how you spell it? I can't be arsed to look it up but it sounds good. In another post on this thread someone else has used the word "dissolutioned" instead of dissillusioned ... it's good to have long words .. correct or otherwise ... Anyway I doubt Ricky will get a call up.It's a pity but I think that may just be a leap too much for him, the team has to play in a certain way to get the best from his skills and I can't see any England team trying to play like Saints. At national level we simply arent good enough. It's a shame but its a fact. .. but I disagree that Roy is a dreadful **** ... the England set up has to pick from the best it has and I think he's as good as anyone for that job .. I'm fed up with foreigners in charge of our national team... However I have no problem with foreign players at Saints or even a foreign manager .. but not at national level .. unless we could get Messi to play for England ...Eh .. what ? I know .. Hypocrisy is so undervalued !!

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1:51pm Thu 24 Jan 13 CB FRY LIVES says…

Lambert deserves a chance but i fear that saints are still perceived as being only also rans in the FA'S sceme of things.they are called the FA because a lot of them no FA about football.look back a few years and witness RUPERT I SHOOT DUCKS QUACK QUACK QUACKERS LOWE'S rapid rise through the organisation. If LAMBO does get picked it would be great if GULY DO PRADO got a run out for Brazil. COYR

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1:52pm Thu 24 Jan 13 RedArmy1 says…

IT'S GOOD to see PUNCH back firing on all cylinders. HOME AND AWAY - WE HAVE TOP SUPPORTERS. WIGAN AWAY with the smallish stadium will be ideal for RF. ANYONE CAN STRAIGHTEN THEIR HALO AND BECOME A TOP SAINT. SAINTS vs RED DEVILS. WE TAKE THE FIGHT TO manure. WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR

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1:56pm Thu 24 Jan 13 Confucious says…

Rickie is certainly one of the best at holding up the ball when cleared - though admittedly not quite as good as Swansea's ball boys.

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2:00pm Thu 24 Jan 13 saintgary76 says…

Rickie Lambert Southamptons goal machine! He s***s when he wants, he s***s when he waaannntttsss, Jason Puncheon, he s***s when he wants! :-)

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2:10pm Thu 24 Jan 13 legod7 says…

Leon Osman of Everton was called up for the first time for the last England game, and he is older than SRL.

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2:42pm Thu 24 Jan 13 abcdefcuk says…

Just for a laugh, here's a team we could play against Brazil. Nice little blend of yoof and experience based on current form... Hart Walker Cahill Shawcross Cole Gerrard Walcott Lampard Rooney Defoe Lambert

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2:46pm Thu 24 Jan 13 abcdefcuk says…

abcdefcuk wrote…

Just for a laugh, here's a team we could play against Brazil. Nice little blend of yoof and experience based on current form... Hart Walker Cahill Shawcross Cole Gerrard Walcott Lampard Rooney Defoe Lambert

Admittedly Rooney hasn't been great but you can hardly leave him out v Brazil ;)

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3:07pm Thu 24 Jan 13 Mush On The Beach says…

abcdefcuk wrote…

Just for a laugh, here's a team we could play against Brazil. Nice little blend of yoof and experience based on current form... Hart Walker Cahill Shawcross Cole Gerrard Walcott Lampard Rooney Defoe Lambert

Hart Walker Cahill Lescott Shaw Gerrard Parker Defoe Lallana Rooney Lambert -------------------- --------------- Guly Guly Guly Guly Guly Guly Guly Guly Guly Guly Guly

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3:23pm Thu 24 Jan 13 warrens 76 says…

abcdefcuk wrote…

abcdefcuk wrote…

Just for a laugh, here's a team we could play against Brazil. Nice little blend of yoof and experience based on current form... Hart Walker Cahill Shawcross Cole Gerrard Walcott Lampard Rooney Defoe Lambert
Admittedly Rooney hasn't been great but you can hardly leave him out v Brazil ;)

Yes you can leave himout !!! personally I have never rated him Defoe is actually a better finisher..so is Crouch.... Playing for United Van Persie proves what a real striker can do with a quarter chance..Rooney is pants. ....however there is ONLY one Rickie Lambert...Southampto n's goal machine.

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3:48pm Thu 24 Jan 13 El Santo says…

Mush On The Beach wrote…

Rickie has proved himself to be the complete premiership player this season. Roy has already primed Lallana for his future intentions, so I don’t believe he will be afraid to make the correct decision on Lambo.

Only issue is the age. Lallana will no doubt make ti for 2014 in top form... but will Rickie? I personally think he will, but Woy may think that he wants young people to build a team around. Well, that's the excuse he might use, anyways...

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4:28pm Thu 24 Jan 13 Clever Dick says…

warrens 76 wrote…

abcdefcuk wrote…

abcdefcuk wrote…

Just for a laugh, here's a team we could play against Brazil. Nice little blend of yoof and experience based on current form... Hart Walker Cahill Shawcross Cole Gerrard Walcott Lampard Rooney Defoe Lambert
Admittedly Rooney hasn't been great but you can hardly leave him out v Brazil ;)
Yes you can leave himout !!! personally I have never rated him Defoe is actually a better finisher..so is Crouch.... Playing for United Van Persie proves what a real striker can do with a quarter chance..Rooney is pants. ....however there is ONLY one Rickie Lambert...Southampto n's goal machine.

Here's a better one Hart Clyne ANother ANotherANother Shaw Puncheon Cork Ward-Prowse Gerrard SRL Rooney. There is a bit of doubt about Rooney Gerrard and Hart but the rest look nailed on to me!

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4:57pm Thu 24 Jan 13 rocketone says…

warrens 76 wrote…

warrens 76 wrote…

We are going places..Nigel will always be loved... ...however I believe we have only just begun and are seriously going places.... We can 'play' football it is installed through the academy..watch us when it is blended with continental particularly Spanish touch and possession.. First thing MP is going to do is get rid of the fear that creeps into our game...once we remove the hoof characteristic that bedevilles us under pressure we stay up. Once RL has a competant finisher to feed off or to we will be mid table... Once we have playmaker midfielder that can contribute goals then top 8... The future is golden ...now we have to pack the stadium every game.
And RL will be chosen for England..

Playmaker midfield......scorin g goals..........Lalla na ?

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4:59pm Thu 24 Jan 13 Stroppy_gramps says…

not a chance. He'll trot out the same tired old horses with one or two new faces from the benches of the top four teams and that will be it. I gave up on England long ago. We will continue to see the same faces and the same results until a manager comes in who is prepared to use the players who are actually going to shake a game up and play some great football for their country. I would be happy to see a complete team rotation from one international to the next just so we could find out who is actually capable of playing on the international stage

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5:09pm Thu 24 Jan 13 Frostie424 says…

Get in there Rickie fully deserves a England call up! The best English attacker in the league at the moment! Lambert vs Neymar!!!

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5:46pm Thu 24 Jan 13 fred the red says…

warrens 76 wrote…

Unfortnately Woy is a s you say not vewy attack minded and pwesides over the most useless England footballing team since, well ever. We have no hope of winning anything and all i would wowwy about is Wickie being injured for no benefit. Fair play to the lad he deserves a twinket like an England cap....selfishly I want him to stay with us only.

Don't worry. Just been reported on Sky News that Roy Hodgson has been arrested for shoplifting. He is accused of stealing a kitchen utensil. He said, "It was a wisk worth taking!" Ricky would not be a "wisk", Woy!

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6:22pm Thu 24 Jan 13 saint in dordogne says…

Mush On The Beach wrote…

abcdefcuk wrote…

Just for a laugh, here's a team we could play against Brazil. Nice little blend of yoof and experience based on current form... Hart Walker Cahill Shawcross Cole Gerrard Walcott Lampard Rooney Defoe Lambert
Hart Walker Cahill Lescott Shaw Gerrard Parker Defoe Lallana Rooney Lambert -------------------- --------------- Guly Guly Guly Guly Guly Guly Guly Guly Guly Guly Guly

hart clyne cahill shawcross shaw puncheon cork lampard lallana lambert defoe not rooney!!!!!

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7:07pm Thu 24 Jan 13 Bermondsey boy says…

warrens 76 wrote…

We are going places..Nigel will always be loved... ...however I believe we have only just begun and are seriously going places.... We can 'play' football it is installed through the academy..watch us when it is blended with continental particularly Spanish touch and possession.. First thing MP is going to do is get rid of the fear that creeps into our game...once we remove the hoof characteristic that bedevilles us under pressure we stay up. Once RL has a competant finisher to feed off or to we will be mid table... Once we have playmaker midfielder that can contribute goals then top 8... The future is golden ...now we have to pack the stadium every game.

We've been going places ever since Nigel came? The rest of your comments are pure speculation based on your own assessment of our needs. What qualifies you to become the manager.

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9:01pm Thu 24 Jan 13 RedArmy1 says…

Wet Spam are in free-fall...... WE ARE THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON AND FIGHT TO MOVE UP THE LEAGUE. NEXT STOP ... MID-TABLE. RED ARMY. WE RULE THE SOUTH. COYR.

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11:19pm Thu 24 Jan 13 bluewhiteandred says…

Mauricio Pochettino por favor dígame el camino al gran fútbol equipo de portsmouth” mucho gacious

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12:43am Fri 25 Jan 13 Wozzie says…

bluewhiteandred wrote…

Mauricio Pochettino por favor dígame el camino al gran fútbol equipo de portsmouth” mucho gacious

would that be the team holding up Division One with points still to be deducted and can' afford toilet roll?

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1:46am Fri 25 Jan 13 Rising_Son says…

bluewhiteandred wrote…

Mauricio Pochettino por favor dígame el camino al gran fútbol equipo de portsmouth” mucho gacious

He would probably understand the words, but not the meaning.

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8:26am Fri 25 Jan 13 warrens 76 says…

Bermondsey boy wrote…

warrens 76 wrote…

We are going places..Nigel will always be loved... ...however I believe we have only just begun and are seriously going places.... We can 'play' football it is installed through the academy..watch us when it is blended with continental particularly Spanish touch and possession.. First thing MP is going to do is get rid of the fear that creeps into our game...once we remove the hoof characteristic that bedevilles us under pressure we stay up. Once RL has a competant finisher to feed off or to we will be mid table... Once we have playmaker midfielder that can contribute goals then top 8... The future is golden ...now we have to pack the stadium every game.
We've been going places ever since Nigel came? The rest of your comments are pure speculation based on your own assessment of our needs. What qualifies you to become the manager.

Who the füch are YOU...someone who finds atwenty andmoans because it is'nt fifty..muggy Kunt.

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2:34pm Fri 25 Jan 13 TheSaintsMan says…

To be honest, I think both Punch and Rickie should be called up. Rickie can't seem to stop scoring, and Puncheon has been a tricky winger all season. He works 100%.

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