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The best Portmouth XI since the Millennium – full backs



Portsmouth fans have seen it all in the past 20 years. 

Promotion, relegation and an unexpected FA Cup triumph – Portsmouth have endured some turbulent times since the turn of the millennium.

Today they sit in 4th-place of the League One table, eyeing up promotion back to the Championship under Kenny Jackett after en eight year hiatus from the second-tier.

Here we take a look back at Pompey’s greatest full-backs of the millennium, as we build their team of the century:

Glen Johnson

Johnson defined an era of full-backs. Before him, full-backs were simply there to make the numbers up, but he showed how effective they can be and was one of the first of his kind.

Nobody had seen a full-back bomb forward, cut inside and score emphatic goals like Johnson did – he spent three defining seasons at Fratton Park before leaving for Liverpool in 2009.

The now 35-year-old went on to make 200 appearances for Liverpool and over 50 for England – an illustrious career which never seems to get enough of a mention.

Joel Ward 

Now aged 30, Ward has been a prominent footballer in England since 2008. He emerged onto the scene with Pompey back in 2008 after graduating through their youth academy, and went on to make 96 appearances for the club before joining Crystal Palace in 2012.

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He’s since made 237 appearances for Palace and has enjoyed Premier League football for the past seven seasons – a typically reliable, and consistent full-back.

Justin Edinburgh

The late, great Edinburgh made a name for himself in his playing career with Tottenham Hotspur. A left-sided defender, he made over 200 league appearances for the club, before linking up with Portsmouth in 2000.

Injury blighted a lot of his time at Fratton Park but he remained a highly-reputable full-back, and one who Portsmouth fans would’ve liked to see a lot more of.

It was a tragedy when he passed away last year – he’d just achieved promotion with Leyton Orient into the Football League, and was bound to go on to greater things in his post-playing career.

Thomas Thogersen

The Dane spent four years with the club from 1998 to 2000, appearing over 100 times in the league for Pompey – astonishingly though, he was never capped by Denmark.

He joined from Brondby and with a reputation of something of a utility player. He could play up-front, in the middle or on the wing, but in his early Pompey career he played as a full-back.

That’s where he flourished for the club. Back then, full-backs were simply defenders and Thogersen was as solid as any, but will it be enough to put him in Portsmouth’s team of the century, ahead of the likes of Johnson, Ward and Edinburgh? Have your say below!

Who's your favourite Portsmouth full-back since the turn of the millennium?

Glen Johnson

Glen Johnson

Joel Ward

Joel Ward

Justin Edinburgh

Justin Edinburgh

Thomas Thogersen

Thomas Thogersen

Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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