Sol still has eyes for England
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sol Campbell insists he would never turn his back on a possible return for England.
Sol Campbell insists he would never turn his back on a possible return to the England set-up, even if the Portsmouth centre back believes his international omission has aided his club form.
Campbell has been a casualty of new manager Steve McClaren's England reign, and the free transfer signing from Arsenal admits he is disappointed
The enforced absence has meant fewer matches for the 32-year-old, and Campbell admits that does have its benefits.
"Yeah, of course, you feel a little bit recharged because you're not playing as many games, but I wouldn't mind having the games anyway really," Campbell told Sky Sports News.
"It's happened - there's a new management, how I was told wasn't particularly the best way but that's how it is, that's how they want to run the show.
"I would never turn my back on my country - we'll see what happens, that's all I can do really.
"I'm focused, I'm playing good football. I've just got to keep playing my games and see how far we can go with Portsmouth."
Meanwhile, Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp insists Cameroon winger Roudolph Douala still has a future at Fratton Park.
Douala has made just one appearance as a substitute since signing from Sporting Lisbon on a season-long loan.
"I like Roudolph. He's got pace, he's got ability, he goes at people. He's got something for sure," Redknapp told The News.
"He did okay for the reserves against Reading the other day. He's getting fit so it was a run-out for him. He's a good player. The problem he's got is that other lads are playing well in the wide positions so it's difficult. Gary O'Neil has been playing wide right and doing great while Matty Taylor has done a good job on the left.
"Then there's little Thommo, who was great at Middlesbrough for me and has been the most unfortunate one not to be in the team. He set up a couple of goals and has not played since. He's been unlucky. We even had Franck Songo'o, who is an outside right, having to play right-back for the reserves the other day.
"He's an out-and-out winger. Now he's gone on loan to Bournemouth. Roudolph is available but it's getting into the team that's the problem.
"It's difficult to get him in there. The team's playing well, we are struggling up there fifth in the league. It's difficult."