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Portsmouth XI if they’d kept their best players featuring Championship playmaker and ‘outstanding’ England hopeful

HITC Sport has put together a Portsmouth XI if they’d kept their best players which includes four current Premier League players. Asmir Begovic – Everton…

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Ladunblog Sport has put together a Portsmouth XI if they’d kept their best players which includes four current Premier League players.

Asmir Begovic – Everton

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The 35-year-old Bosnian came through the Portsmouth academy after joining the club in 2003.

After a flurry of loan moves, Begovic made 17 first team appearances for Pompey before joining Stoke City on a permanent deal.

Begovic, who was part of Chelsea’s 2016-17 title-winning side, is currently Everton’s number two goalkeeper.

Joel Ward – Crystal Palace

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Ward was another product of the Pompey academy and the right-back played 96 times for the Fratton Park side before joining Palace a decade ago.

The 32-year-old has played over 300 times for the Eagles and he’ll hope to remain a key part of Patrick Vieira’s plans at Selhurst Park.

Adam Webster – Brighton & Hove Albion

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Labelled ‘outstanding’ by Alan Shearer last season, the Premier League’s all-time top scorer has tipped the former Pompey centre-halve to break into the England squad.

After emerging through the youth ranks at Fratton Park, Webster made 81 appearances for Portsmouth before joining Ipswich Town.

Following an impressive two-year stint at Portman Road, Webster was signed by Bristol City before Brighton splashed out a club-record £20m to sign him from the Robins.

Matt Clarke – Brighton

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Unlike Webster, Clarke is yet to make his debut for the Seagulls and after spending a year on loan at Portsmouth – he joined the club on a permanent deal from Ipswich.

The left-footed centre-back made 175 appearances for Pompey across his two stints before being joining Graham Potter’s Brighton.

Clarke’s spent the last three seasons out on loan via Derby County and West Brom. He was part of the Pompey sides that were the 2016-17 League Two winners and 2018-19 EFL Trophy champions.

Matt Ritchie – Newcastle United

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Another youngster to roll off the Portsmouth academy conveyor belt, Ritchie made 10 first team appearances for Portsmouth in the midst of several loan spells.

After two loan spells with Swindon Town, the former Scotland international would go on to join the Robins on a permanent deal.

Following two years of being a permanent player at the City Ground, Ritchie was brought to Bournemouth by Eddie Howe.

Ritchie has been reunited with his former manager at St James’ Park but as Newcastle’s ambitious project continues, Ritchie finds himself on the fringes.

Marlon Pack – Portsmouth

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The Pompey academy graduate returned to Fratton Park this summer 11 years after leaving the club to join Cheltenham Town.

The former Cardiff City man only made two first-team appearances for the club during his first period, but he returns to Danny Cowley’s League One side with a wealth of Championship experience under his belt, following his spells with the Bluebirds and Bristol City.

Conor Chaplin – Ipswich Town

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The attacking midfielder joined Portsmouth at the age of six and made 122 appearances for the club, scoring 25 goals, before joining Coventry City on a permanent deal following an initial loan spell with the Sky Blues.

Chaplin is currently plying his trade for Ipswich after a two-year spell with Barnsley.

The 25-year-old, who was part of Pompey’s 2016-17 League Two winning side, has scored 36 goals across the last four seasons.

Jed Wallace – West Bromwich Albion

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The former Pompey winger has established himself as one of the best and most sought after forwards in the Championship.

After not signing a new contract with Millwall, the 28-year-old joined the Baggies on a free transfer where he will be hoping to strike up a lethal partnership with fellow free transfer signing John Swift.

In his last three seasons in the second tier of English football, Wallace has scored 26 goals and provided 30 assists.

After joining Pompey from Lewes in 2011, Wallace scored 30 goals and laid on 12 assists from 121 appearances before signing with Wolves.

Jamal Lowe – Bournemouth

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The pacey winger spent two-and-a-half years with Pompey following his arrival from Hampton & Richmond Borough.

He was part of the sides that won League Two and the EFL Trophy from which he scored in the final against Sunderland.

From 119 matches for Pompey, the four-time Jamaica international scored 29 goals and provided 18 assists before being snapped up by Wigan Athletic.

After joining Bournemouth from Swansea City last August, the 28-year-old scored seven Championship goals to help fire the Cherries back up to the Premier League.

Ronan Curtis – Portsmouth

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The seven-time Republic of Ireland international has been a revelation since arriving at Fratton Park from Derry City four years ago.

The 26-year-old winger is averaging just under a goal involvement in every other game for Pompey with 50 goals and 39 assists from 190 outings.

With his contract at the Hampshire-based club expiring next summer, Cowley and the board will no doubt be doing all they can to keep him.

Kevin-Prince Boateng – Hertha Berlin

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The mercurial Ghanaian will retire at the end of the 2022-23 season and what a career the former Pompey star has had.

As well as having spells with Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan and Barcelona, Boateng spent a season at Fratton Park where he contributed five goals and three assists under the tutelage of Avram Grant and Paul Hart.

The 35-year-old has won La Liga, Serie A and the League Cup during his fledging career.

During his solitary season with Pompey he scored a penalty and grabbed an assist to down his former club Spurs, in the semi-finals and fire Pompey to the FA Cup final where they got beat by Chelsea.

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