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The best Portsmouth XI since the Millennium – centre-backs

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Portsmouth have had a turbulent 21st century.

From FA Cup glory to fishing bottom of League One in the space of five seasons – few teams have experience what Portsmouth have over the past 20 years, but they’ve had their glory days nonetheless.

Here we take a look at four of Portsmouth’s best centre-backs since the turn of the millennium – who’s getting your vote?

Sol Campbell

One of the greatest ever centre-backs that England has produced, Campbell was a huge hit at Fratton Park. He arrived from Arsenal in 2006 and went on to make 111 appearances in three Premier League seasons with the club, lifting the FA Cup as captain in his second.

Campbell’s arrival at Portsmouth asserted the club’s lust for silverware and ultimately he delivered. Portsmouth were slowly slipping down the Premier League table in the seasons before his arrival, but he soon steadied the ship.

He was as good as they came – Campbell was one of the most intelligent centre-backs to ever grace the Premier League and to have represented Portsmouth, and fans will only have fond memories of his time at the club.

Hermann Hreidarsson

He was Campbell’s centre-back partner at Pompey, and now he’s his assistant at Southend United. The Icelandic international made 122 appearances for Portsmouth between 2007 and 2012, becoming part of the furniture in what was his defining spell in English football.

The now 45-year-old had represented the likes of Brentford, Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic, but it’s his time at Pompey that fans resonate with – a towering centre-back who formed a formidable partnership with Campbell, and another name who fans associate with the ‘glory days’.

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Who is this ex-Portsmouth player?

Sylvain Distin

Distin spent two seasons at Portsmouth, from 2007 to 2009. His spell at Fratton Park came in between two lengthy spells with Manchester City first, then Everton.

He departed for Everton shortly into his third season with the club, but managed 95 appearances for Pompey, and was another key figure in the FA Cup winning side of 2008.

A hugely underrated defender was the Frenchman – he picked up Player of the Season awards with both City and Everton, and was widely renowned for being one of the quickest centre-backs of his time.

Dejan Stefanovic

The Serbian international was a loyal servant of Portsmouth’s, making 142 appearances between 2003 and 2007. He represented a Portsmouth side who were always bottom-half contenders in the Premier League, but he himself was a good quality, top-flight player.

He never lit the game alight but he built a reputation for being a consistently consistent performer, and one who was never afraid of putting his head in where it hurts.

Portsmouth then have had a fair few centre-backs in their time. Their ‘glory days’ are long behind them, but things are once again looking up, and Kenny Jackett could well steer Pompey back into the second-tier this season.

Who's your Portsmouth centre-back of the millennium?

Sol Campbell

Sol Campbell

Hermann Hreidarsson

Hermann Hreidarsson

Sylvain Distin

Sylvain Distin

Dejan Stefanovic

Dejan Stefanovic

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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