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By ESPN Staff

Storrie: Duo are England class

Portsmouth have told England manager Steve McClaren they would be delighted to see their new captain Sol Campbell recalled to the international scene - and evergreen goalkeeper David James as well.

McClaren has big problems in defence, especially for England's friendly against Germany at Wembley on August 22.

John Terry has joined Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King on the injury list, while there are doubts over Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher's international commitment.

McClaren has admitted he may now turn back to 32-year-old Campbell, despite discarding him after the World Cup last summer when taking over from Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Pompey fans have long called for the England returns of Campbell and James, 36, who have both said they will not give up on their England careers.

And Portsmouth's chief executive Peter Storrie said: 'If Sol and David get recalled it will be richly deserved. I hope it happens for the pair of them.

'The England team should be made up of the best players (in the country). So David and Sol should be in it.''

McClaren is due to watch Campbell and James in Pompey's home clash with champions Manchester United next Wednesday. It is believed to be his first visit to Fratton Park in more than a year.

Storrie told Portsmouth's official website: 'We are looking forward to welcoming Steve McClaren here. It is a long time since an England manager visited Fratton Park.''

However, the player who has been passed over as Portsmouth captain to let Campbell take the job insists it was his decision to step down - after seeing only a limited future for himself at the club.

Serbian defender Dejan Stefanovic, 32, says he wants fans to know why he will no longer wear the armband after two years as skipper.

He explained: 'There are a number of reasons but if I am not going to play what is the point of being captain?''

Stefanovic is adamant he was not axed to make way for Campbell but with Rangers and Leicester both showing an interest he feels he may be forced out.

Recent arrivals Djimi Traore and Hermann Hreidarsson are putting pressure on his position at left back - where he switched from centre-half when Campbell joined from Arsenal a year ago.

Stefanovic told the Portsmouth News: 'I think the supporters deserve to know the truth about this.

'I want to stay, I like it here and I'm settled, but I think the club are taking advantage of that.

'My first choice is to stay. That's what I want to do. I'm happy to stay but it looks like I have no future here.''

Harry Redknapp claims Stefanovic has not been written out of the first-team picture despite missing the last four friendly games with a groin strain.

And the manager insists he picked Campbell as captain because 'he's been there, done that and is a natural leader that everybody respects''.

Meanwhile, Kanu - now happy to stay at Pompey after negotiating a new contract - said: 'I'll score more goals than last season.''

The 31-year-old was Pompey's top marksman last term with 12 goals but failed to find the target after mid-February.

He has now signed a new one-year deal with an option for another year if he plays more than 15 first-team games this term.

The Nigerian said: It is every striker's dream to score goals and I believe I can equal or better the ones I got last season. I am coming back into a stronger team.

'So long as we keep the spirit that was here last season we can better our position.''

Kanu is also looking forward to linking up with international team-mate John Utaka, Pompey's £7million buy from French side Rennes.

He said: 'It is good to be teaming up with John. I told him about the club and the supporters. They were the reason I always wanted to come back here.''