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Begovic happy with Pompey debut

Asmir Begovic
Begovic made his Pompey debut after four years at Fratton Park

Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has revealed his delight at making his Premier League debut.

The 21-year-old made his Fratton Park debut in the 3-1 win over Sunderland after David James picked up an injury and could play on the final day

He told BBC Radio Solent: "It was fantastic. To make your first Premier League appearance is something I've looked forward to for a long time."

Begovic is highly rated by Pompey goalkeeping coach David Coles.

But the giant Bosnian-born keeper has had to remain patient as England number one James has started every domestic match this season.

James will have a shoulder operation on Wednesday and the former Canada Under-20 international is keen to grab his chance.

"Sometimes it's like being stuck in front of a wall with Jamo playing the way he has been and is, but he's been great and a good mentor. If there was anyone to be a number two to, he was a very good one," he said.

Begovic began the current campaign with a second loan period at Yeovil and also spent a loan spell at Bournemouth at the beginning of last season.

And he admits that a further loan away from Fratton Park may be the best way forward to develop his career.

"Maybe it is another loan move to get back and prepare to play in this team. I don't know what the next step is but I just really want to be playing as much as I can and that's the way I can keep developing and progressing," he said.

Pompey play their final match of the season against Wigan at the JJB Stadium on Sunday.

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