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    Quote Originally Posted by jayahr View Post
    And an England international playing for Shamrock Rovers
    I dream of that day

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayahr View Post
    Good luck with England

    Some tiny keepers you have there...
    Thanks! They are a bit small yeah. And not great to be honest.

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Do you miss Newcastle.
    Not yet, although I'm sure when things start going pearshaped I'll yearn for players who do what you ask them to 99% of the time.

    Quote Originally Posted by jayahr View Post
    And an England international playing for Shamrock Rovers
    Indeed! He's off to Huddersfield in January 2039 so he'll be in a proper league soon. Very tidy technical player, no idea how he ended up there.

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    England 3
    Delando Moke (17, 26)
    Oscar Hall (50)

    Friendly International
    Wembley, 73,976
    Albania 2
    Jurgen Mertiri (39, 90+1)
    Lineup (4-4-2) Lineup (3-5-2)
    1. Tristan Smith
    2. Tom Cruse (c) (sub 76)
    4. Boubacar Compaoré
    5. Danny Oakley
    3. Karl Joseph
    7. Branko Eric
    6. Delando Moke* (sub 76)
    8. Dan Vigurs
    11. Mike Preston (sub 76)
    9. John Holland (sub 76)
    10. Oscar Hall
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    12. Mbala Mbuta N'Shole (on 76)
    14. Mitchell Breach (on 76)
    15. Andrew Steward
    16. Reece Norman (on 76)
    17. Jed Smith
    18. Jake Mapes
    19. Greg Jones (on 76)
    20. Craig Evans
    21. David Seasman
    1. Enis Dalipi (sub 73)
    2. Burim Seferi (sub 73)
    3. Astrit Dervishi
    4. Fitim Muca (sub 61)
    7. Liridon Dervishi (sub 61)
    6. Marcus Svardman
    5. Elton Dzoni
    8. Arber Kabashi (c) (sub 51)
    11. Aldo Astani
    9. Alban Jaha
    10. Jurgen Mertiri
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    12. Altin Dervishi (on 73)
    14. Bledar Aliaj (on 61)
    15. Burim Cela (on 51)
    16. Eduart Cela
    17. Julian Gjika
    18. Liridon Mile (on 73)
    19. Ismet Hashani
    20. Bledar Muca (on 61)
    21. Klevis Bushati (on 61)
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    Another good performance let down by some slack defending - Albania scored from their only two attacks. I gave Oscar Hall a shot in Wakefield's absence (N'Shole is suspended for the Moldova game) to reward his 6 goals in 3 appearances so far for Cardiff this season and he didn't let me down, grabbing a great goal. Moke was the obvious star man, two great goals from midfield.
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    Need to wok on your defense......

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    Mitchell Breach picked up an injury in training so will be replaced by Graham Ellams, who is terrible, but literally the next best option that is uninjured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeLikeFM View Post
    I dream of that day
    Haha it'd be great!

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Need to wok on your defense......
    Yeah just a bit! I'll put it down to lack of teamwork for the moment, we're still quite low in our understanding of the tactics I'm using.

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    Moldova 0





    Euro 2040 Qualifier (Group E)
    Republican, 13,300
    England 4
    Oscar Hall (4)
    Mike Preston (39)
    Boubacar Compaoré (52)
    Danny Oakley (63)
    Lineup (4-5-1) Lineup (4-4-2)
    1. Nikolay Sadirov
    2. Mihnea Calin
    5. Sergey Grigorenko
    4. Gennady Averjanov
    3. Alexandr Spirin
    7. Azamat Mednikov (sub 53)
    10. Gabriel Radut
    6. Christian Tutunaru (c)
    8. Vadim Galin
    11. Sergey Djakov (sub 45)
    9. Artem Yashin (sub 61)
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    12. Oleg Ciuico
    14. Vakhtang Cherkasov (on 53)
    15. Vladimir Kornev
    16. Rustem Feoktistov
    17. Ioan Mihaltan (on 61)
    18. Yury Korchagin (on 45, inj 90)
    19. Dmitry Logvinov
    1. Tristan Smith
    2. Tom Cruse (c)
    4. Boubacar Compaoré
    5. Danny Oakley
    3. Karl Joseph
    7. Branko Eric* (sub 72)
    6. Delando Moke (sub 72)
    8. Dan Vigurs
    11. Mike Preston
    9. John Holland
    10. Oscar Hall
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    12. Lewis Thomson
    14. Graham Ellams
    15. Andrew Stewart (on 72)
    16. Reece Norman
    17. Jed Smith (on 72)
    18. Jake Mapes
    19. David Seasman

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    A professional display that could have been a rout but for the profligacy of Oscar Hall. Fair enough he did his job in opening the scoreline, but he missed at least 4 or 5 chances he really should have put away thereafter. Thanks, Mr. Hall, but I don't think Wakefield or N'Shole have much to worry about in the long run.
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    Much better there. Atleast your defence can stop Moldova.

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    England Squad v Ukraine (h) 09.10.38 and Georgia (a) 13.10.38 (Euro Qualifiers)

    In Out
    Karl Smith - DM/MC - Man Utd
    James Sykes - GK - Swansea
    Mitchell Breach - M/AML - Newcastle
    Alan Hardwick - DLC - Liverpool
    Jed Smith - DM/MC - Everton (not selected)
    Tristan Smith - GK - Wigan (injured)
    Graham Ellams - WB/ML - Swansea (not selected)
    Craig Evans - DL - Chelsea (not selected)



    The assistant came in with a few interesting recommendations of players in form, so I made an unforced change in Hardwick replacing Evans. Karl Smith and Breach come back in for Jed Smith and Ellams after recovering from injuries, whilst the one enforced change was Tristan Smith out for Lloyd Clarke in goal, who then got injured too so Sykes came in. Wakefield is still yet to recover.
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    England 1
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    Euro 2040 Qualifier (Group E)
    Wembley, 88,904
    Ukraine 0
    Lineup (4-4-2) Lineup (4-5-1)
    1. Chris Leigh
    2. Tom Cruse
    4. Boubacar Compaoré
    5. Danny Oakley
    3. Karl Joseph
    7. Branko Eric
    6. Delando Moke
    8. Karl Smith (c) (sub 45)
    11. Mike Preston (sub 68)
    9. John Holland (sub 68)
    10. Mbala Mbuta N'Shole
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    12. Oscar Hall (on 68)
    14. Mitchell Breach (on 68)
    15. Andrew Stewart
    16. Reece Norman
    17. Dan Vigurs (on 45)
    18. Jake Mapes
    19. David Seasman
    1. Anton Saenko*
    2. Olexandr Grankovskyi
    4. Alexandr Karimov
    5. Anton Ivaschenko
    3. Yaroslav Didyk (c)
    7. Artem Kolesnyk (sub 45)
    6. Pavlo Apalko
    10. Dmytro Zhabchenko
    8. Bogdan Chaban
    11. Nikita Yusupov
    9. Roman Yuzhanin
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    12. Igor Stepanov
    14. Denys Sotskyi
    15. Yuriy Kravchuk
    16. Vadim Guschin (on 45)
    17. Murat Savenkov
    18. Roman Chopyk
    19. Olexandr Tkach

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    Not the best performance, and we struggled to break through - Oscar Hall saved us again with his third goal in 3 games for England. That Ukraine's keeper won MOTM says it all really.

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    Georgia 2
    Lasha Samkharadze (37, 46)

    Euro 2040 Qualifier (Group E)
    Mikheil Meshki, 24,453
    England 0
    Lineup (4-2-3-1) Lineup (4-4-2)
    1. Tariel Sepiashvili (c)
    2. Beka Archvadze
    4. Mamuka Khachidze
    5. Lasha Toronjadze
    3. Aramais Khachatryan
    6. Artem Alexanyan
    7. Giorgi Kapanadze
    10. Irakli Merechko
    8. Guram Giorgadze
    11. Merab Todua (inj 90)
    9. Lasha Samkharadze*
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    12. David Khachidze
    14. Irakli Metreveli
    15. Irakli Loria
    16. Levan Narsia
    17. David Tskipurishvili
    18. Vakhtang Chankotadze
    19. Irakli Giorgadze
    1. Chris Leigh
    2. Tom Cruse
    4. Boubacar Compaoré
    5. Danny Oakley
    3. Alan Hardwick (sub 64)
    7. Branko Eric
    6. Delando Moke (sub 64)
    8. Karl Smith (c) (sub 64)
    11. Mike Preston
    9. John Holland
    10. Mbala Mbuta N'Shole
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    12. Oscar Hall (on 64)
    14. Mitchell Breach
    15. Andrew Stewart
    16. Reece Norman (on 64)
    17. Dan Vigurs (on 64)
    18. Jake Mapes
    19. David Seasman


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    Terrible performance. I take some responsibility for underestimating them, but the players have no excuse for the abject display of finishing and lapses of concentration in defence that led to this result.

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    How is team gelling SnakeXe? I've always found it a problem to get team gelling up when managing an international team. Maybe a bit of 'teamwork' in the match preparation would help?

    Some good options up front. How are you setting up your strikers, out of interest?

    Love that you've got David Seasman as one of your keepers as well!

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    Some cracking updates for England . Very detailed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayahr View Post
    And an England international playing for Shamrock Rovers
    More surprising is there is one from Wigan.

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    Loss to Georgia....ouch....it hurts from here

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    Love that you've got David Seasman as one of your keepers as well!
    Made me crack up too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    How is team gelling SnakeXe? I've always found it a problem to get team gelling up when managing an international team. Maybe a bit of 'teamwork' in the match preparation would help?

    Some good options up front. How are you setting up your strikers, out of interest?

    Love that you've got David Seasman as one of your keepers as well!
    Well as you could guess from the Georgia result, they're not especially gelled yet! It's weird, I'd have thought that using a really standard formation such as 4-4-2 (which was the default tactic when I got the job) would mean they'd already have a good level of understanding of the shape at least.

    At the moment I've got John Holland as the deep-lying forward, with Andy Wakefield (ideally although I've only managed a couple of games from him due to injury) as an advanced forward. I don't think this is optimal though. I'd like to do a 4-4-1-1 variant as well to improve the link-up with the midfield but only Delando Moke is of the requisite class in the AMC position, so I don't want to put in the effort developing it only to have to scrap it if he's unfit, out of form or injured.

    I also love David Seasman did a double-take when I first saw him playing against me for Man Utd!

    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Some cracking updates for England . Very detailed.
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    More surprising is there is one from Wigan.
    Not to be facetious about it but haven't Chris Kirkland, Leighton Baines and Emile Heskey played for England (or at least been called up) recently whilst at Wigan?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Loss to Georgia....ouch....it hurts from here
    D'oh the pain, the pain of it all!

    Quote Originally Posted by ToffeeViola View Post
    Made me crack up too!

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    Not going badly so far, shame about the Georgia result though. There looks to be a massive lack of talent with England compared to the start of the game!

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    Excellent final season with Newcastle- very nearly a clean sweep!

    Bit shaky with England, but I imagine you'll still qualify comfortably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackJCFC View Post
    Not going badly so far, shame about the Georgia result though. There looks to be a massive lack of talent with England compared to the start of the game!
    Thanks! Yeah it's weird. There's a few players who were fantastic that are just about to retire, hopefully that means we'll get a few more talents coming through. Emeka Cole at Newcastle should be top-class if he's managed well, so I have high hopes for him. In fact I might cap him soon in a friendly to give him a rep boost to ensure he gets some game time.

    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Excellent final season with Newcastle- very nearly a clean sweep!

    Bit shaky with England, but I imagine you'll still qualify comfortably.
    Thanks, yeah it was almost the perfect second-half of a season, storming back to win the league, taking both domestic cups, just couldn't quite manage the last bit. We really suffered from an injury to Andy Wakefield with a couple of months left, Maciulevicius just doesn't have the legs to cope with 3 games per week any more and Cole was too raw to contribute much. Left us struggling against the very best teams really.

    I hope so indeed! I might start watching games a bit more closely to tweak the tactics around and get more out of the players. If I can sort out a way to get Preston regularly feeding Wakefield/N'Shole/Holland we should have no problems.

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    England Squad v Peru (h) 13.11.38 and Tunisia (h) 17.11.38 (Friendlies)

    In Out
    Tristan Smith - GK - Wigan
    Lloyd Clarke - GK - Southampton
    Jed Smith - DM/MC - Man Utd
    Andy Wakefield - ST - Newcastle
    James Sykes - GK - Swansea (not selected)
    David Seasman - GK - Man Utd (injured)
    Reece Norman - DM/MC - Fulham (not selected)
    Lewis Thomson - ST - Blackburn (not selected)

    Wakefield and Smith return to the fold in place of Sykes and Thomson, whilst Lloyd Clarke get another chance with David Seasman's bad injury. Jed Smith comes in for Norman as I haven't been impressed by the Fulham man and wanted to see an alternative.

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    Just been flicking through my Inbox quickly to see what's going on in the football world whilst I'm on holiday most of the time - Newcastle have already sacked my replacement and are languishing in 16th

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    England 4
    Mbala Mbuta N'Shole (22)
    Héctor Ramirez y de Montenego o.g. (24)
    Boubacar Compaoré (38)
    Andrew Stewart (70)

    Friendly International
    Wembley, 73,971
    Peru 1
    Diego Villavicencio (53)
    Lineup (4-4-2) Lineup (4-3-3)

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    A really great performance, the tweaks to my tactics worked very nicely. To begin with we went 4-4-2, but with attacks funnelled through our top-class left side of Joseph and Preston. This was effective, and surprisingly N'Shole and Wakefield combined well as a pairing in Holland's absence. In the second half I tried a 4-2-3-1 based on my system with Newcastle, based on the fact I had the combination of Breach, Moke and Wakefield who would all be familiar with their roles. Again, it worked well, and I will experiment with it again.

    P.S. Does it look ok screenshotted in the match report? It saves me a lot of time.

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    Branko Eric breaks a foot and he's out for 3 months - a severe blow with our lack of quality down the right. I decided to bring in young Anthony O'Hara in from Arsenal's reserves - he could be good given some game time, so hopefully this will draw some attention to him and either get him a move or some game time for the Gunners.

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    Tristan Smith picks up another injury, James Sykes back in to replace him.

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    England 3
    Mike Preston (13)
    Anthony O'Hara (22)
    Makram Arfaoui o.g. (44)

    Friendly International
    Wembley, 73,981
    Tunisia 1
    Mohamed Ali Chetali (69)
    Lineup (4-4-2) Lineup (4-3-3)

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    Another good result, this time the second-half switch to 4-2-3-1 wasn't so successful, although we still created chances and were unlucky to concede the goal we did. Still a valid back-up plan I think.

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    England Squad v Russia (h) 09.02.39 (Friendly)

    In Out
    Tristan Smith - GK - Wigan
    David Seasman - GK - Man Utd
    Ed Brooks - DC - Fulham
    Peter Lynch - D/WBL - Man City
    Phil Bond - M/AMC/ST - Hull
    Chris Leigh - GK - Fulham (not selected)
    James Sykes - GK - Swansea (not selected)
    Fred - DC - Newcastle (injured)
    Karl Joseph - DL - Man City (injured)
    Karl Smith - DM/MC - Everton (injured)


    Lloyd Clarke retains his squad place over Leigh and Sykes as first and second choices Smith and Seasman return, whilst the injuries of Joseph and Karl Smith are big blows. Joseph is replaced by his understudy at Man City, Peter Lynch, whilst Phil Bond is an exciting option with his versatility. Or at least I thought so - the FA were straight up undermining me saying he wasn't good enough. How many Champions League winners' medals do you have, again?

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    England 2
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    Mbala Mbuta N'Shole (66)

    Friendly International
    Wembley, 73,986
    Russia 0
    Lineup (4-4-2) Lineup (4-4-2 Diamond)

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    Definitely the best result of my reign so far, Russia started very well but then a couple of tactical tweaks to crowd out their centrally-focussed attacks changed it in our favour. Wakefield finally got his first goal of my reign in a good break-away goal, after which we hit the woodwork a couple of times before Phil Bond produced a lovely pass on his debut () to set up N'Shole for the clincher.

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    Good recent results!

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    England Squad v Iceland (h) 26.03.39 (Euro Qualifier)

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    Chris Leigh - GK - Fulham
    Fred - DC - Newcastle
    Karl Joseph - DL - Man City
    Karl Smith - DM/MC - Everton
    Branco Eric - M/AMR/ST - Liverpool
    Tristan Smith - GK - Wigan (injured)
    Ed Brooks - DC - Fulham (injured)
    Peter Lynch - D/WBL - Man City (not selected)
    Anthony O'Hara - MR - Arsenal (not selected)
    Oscar Hall - ST - Cardiff (injured)

    A bit of a reshuffle as Karl Smith comes back whilst Hall is injured - effectively Smith replaces Phil Bond whilst Bond himself replaces Hall. Eric comes back in for O'Hara, Joseph back for Lynch, whilst Brooks' injury gives Fred another chance and yet another injury for Tristan Smith means Leigh is recalled.

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    Literally on the next continue Fred picks up an injury, so Tottenham's Adrian McKenzie replaces him.

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    Is his name really just Fred?

    Spanish or something as a second nationality?

    Awesome name. I'd call him up just for that, tbh.

    Fred and David Seasman should be guaranteed starters.

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    And of course Andy Wakefield goes for another Shamrock Rovers player, Daniel Nwaogu. This must be what Roy felt like before the Euros when calling up Jordan Henderson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    Is his name really just Fred?

    Spanish or something as a second nationality?

    Awesome name. I'd call him up just for that, tbh.

    Fred and David Seasman should be guaranteed starters.
    Yep! He's English-born Brazilian, I had him at Newcastle

    I really want to start with David Seasman but he's not quite good enough

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    England 3
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    Andrew Stewart (21)
    Jed Smith (45)

    Euro 2040 Qualifier (Group E)
    Wembley, 88,453
    Iceland 1
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    First half good, second half not so good. Overall encouraging though, and we got the job done, which is more than could be said for our previous competitive match! Holland played very well grabbing 2 assists, however our wingers were both poor - goal for Stewart aside. We completed just 3% of crosses, which is abysmal which ever way you look at it.

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    England Squad v Moldova (h) 08.06.39 (Euro Qualifier)

    In Out
    Tristan Smith - GK - Wigan
    Tamer Chorley - DC - Huddersfield
    Graham Ellams - WB/ML - Swansea
    Andy Wakefield - ST - Newcastle
    Chris Leigh - GK - Fulham (not selected)
    Danny Oakley - DC - Fulham (injured)
    Mitchell Breach - M/AML - Newcastle (injured)
    John Holland - ST - Man Utd (injured)

    Smith comes back in for Leigh, whilst the rest were enforced changes - obviously Wakefield would have come back in anyway, but for someone else.

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    Well if I stay in international management the next 1500 will take a lot longer!

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    England 3
    Branko Eric (3, 44)
    Adrian McKenzie (28)

    Euro 2040 Qualifier (Group E)
    Wembley, 90,000
    Moldova 0
    Lineup (4-4-2) Lineup (4-5-1)

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    I'd love to tell you about the game but I couldn't watch it - a weird graphical bug made the screen quite seriously painful to look at. Weirdly, FM was the only thing affected. Nevertheless, a win is a win, and obviously Branko Eric had a good game.

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    Former Club Watch:

    Weymouth F.C.:


    Wahey!!!

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    2012/13*  Blue Square South       2nd       Playoff Semi-finalists
    2013/14*  Blue Square South       9th       I left in October (resigned)
    2014/15   Blue Square South       10th      -
    2015/16   Blue Square South       19th      -
    2016/17   Blue Square South       9th       FA Cup 2nd Round
    2017/18   Blue Square South       3rd       Playoff Winners
    2018/19   Blue Square Premier     21st      Relegated
    2019/20   Blue Square South       14th      -
    2020/21   Blue Square South       14th      -
    2021/22   Blue Square South       19th      -
    2022/23   Blue Square South       18th      -
    2023/24   Blue Square South       22nd      Relegated
    2024/25   N/A                     N/A       FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
    2025/26   N/A                     N/A       -
    2026/27   N/A                     N/A       FA Cup 3rd Round
    2027/28   N/A                     N/A       -
    2028/29   N/A                     N/A       -
    2029/30   N/A                     N/A       -
    2030/31   N/A                     N/A       FA Cup 1st Round
    2031/32   N/A                     N/A       -
    2032/33   N/A                     N/A       -
    2033/34   N/A                     N/A       -
    2034/35   N/A                     N/A       -
    2035/36   N/A                     N/A       -
    2036/37   N/A                     N/A       FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
    2037/38   N/A                     N/A       -
    2038/39   Blue Square South       13th      -
    
    NB * indicates that I was in charge for at least part of the season.
    Darlington F.C.:

    At least they didn't get relegated again I suppose?

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    2013/14*  Blue Square Premier     14th      I joined in October
    2014/15*  Blue Square Premier     2nd       Playoff Winners
    2015/16*  League Two              18th      I left in January (resigned)
    2016/17   League Two              17th      JPT North Quarter Final
    2017/18   League Two              15th      FA Cup 3rd Round
    2018/19   League Two              3rd       Promoted
    2019/20   League One              22nd      Relegated, FA Cup 4th Round
    2020/21   League Two              20th      -
    2021/22   League Two              6th       FA Cup 4th Round, Playoff Semi-finalists
    2022/23   League Two              9th       JPT North Quarter Final
    2023/24   League Two              16th      JPT North Semi Final
    2024/25   League Two              11th      -
    2025/26   League Two              19th      -
    2026/27   League Two              19th      -
    2027/28   League Two              18th      -
    2028/29   League Two              20th      -
    2029/30   League Two              1st       League Two Winners
    2030/31   League One              12th      FA Cup 4th Round
    2031/32   League One              22nd      Relegated, FA Cup 5th Round
    2032/33   League Two              2nd       Promoted, FA Cup 3rd Round
    2033/34   League One              18th      FA Cup 3rd Round
    2034/35   League One              4th       JPT N SF, FA Cup R3, Playoff Winners
    2035/36   Championship            24th      Relegated
    2036/37   League One              18th      JPT North Quarter-finalists
    2037/38   League One              22nd      Relegated
    2038/39   League Two              13th      JPT North Semi-finalists
    Southend United:

    Only 3 points from safety is a good effort I'd say.

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    2015/16*  League One              21st      Relegated, I joined in March
    2016/17*  League Two              1st       League Two Winners
    2017/18*  League One              2nd       Promoted
    2018/19*  Championship            15th      I left in October (resigned)
    2019/20   Championship            20th      -
    2020/21   Championship            12th      FA Cup 5th Round
    2021/22   Championship            9th       -
    2022/23   Championship            15th      -
    2023/24   Championship            16th      FA Cup Semi Final
    2024/25   Championship            21st      -
    2025/26   Championship            19th      -
    2026/27   Championship            16th      League Cup Runners up
    2027/28   Championship            21st      -
    2028/29   Championship            22nd      Relegated
    2029/30   League One              3rd       Playoff Semi-finalists
    2030/31   League One              7th       FA Cup 4th Round, JPT Finalists
    2031/32   League One              17th      JPT South Quarter-finalists
    2032/33   League One              11th      -
    2033/34   League One              11th      JPT South Semi-finalists
    2034/35   League One              5th       FA Cup 3rd Round, Playoff Semi-finalists
    2035/36   League One              15th      JPT South Runners-Up
    2036/37   League One              20th      FA Cup 3rd Round
    2037/38   League One              5th       Playoff Winners, Promoted
    2038/39   Championship            23rd      Relegated
    Wigan Athletic:

    A shame as the Latics finally drop. Hopefully Tristan Smith can move on to another top-division club as he's England number one!

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    2018/19*  Championship            4th       I joined in October, Playoff Winners
    2019/20*  Premier League          11th      I left in December (job offer)
    2020/21   Premier League          18th      League Cup Winners, Relegated
    2021/22   Championship            2nd       Promoted, League Cup Quarter-finalists
    2022/23   Premier League          17th      FA Cup 6th Round
    2023/24   Premier League          19th      Relegated
    2024/25   Championship            5th       Playoff Semi-finalists
    2025/26   Championship            4th       Playoff Winners, FA Cup 6th Round
    2026/27   Premier League          5th       FA Cup 6th Round, EL Qualification
    2027/28   Premier League          19th      League Cup Quarter-finalists
    2028/29   Championship            6th       FA Cup 5th Round, Playoff Semi-finalists
    2029/30   Championship            4th       Playoff Runners Up
    2030/31   Championship            2nd       Promoted
    2031/32   Premier League          11th      FA Cup 5th Round
    2032/33   Premier League          14th      -
    2033/34   Premier League          12th      -
    2034/35   Premier League          10th      -
    2035/36   Premier League          9th       -
    2036/37   Premier League          16th      -
    2037/38   Premier League          16th      -
    2038/39   Premier League          18th      League Cup Semi-finalists, Relegated
    Werder Bremen:

    Sustained improvement, but they could do with going the one step further to get back into the Champions League.

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    2019/20*  1. Bundesliga           8th       I joined in December, DFB-Pokal Winners
    2020/21*  1. Bundesliga           1st       B'liga, S'cup Winners; EL Semi-finalists
    2021/22*  1. Bundesliga           2nd       S'cup Winners; EL, DFB-P Semi-finalists
    2022/23*  1. Bundesliga           1st       B'liga, Champs League Winners
    2023/24   1. Bundesliga           2nd       CWC, DFB-Pokal Winners
    2024/25   1. Bundesliga           4th       Champs League, DFB-Pokal Semi-finalists
    2025/26   1. Bundesliga           4th       -
    2026/27   1. Bundesliga           3rd       DFB-Pokal Winners
    2027/28   1. Bundesliga           5th       Europa League Semi-finalists
    2028/29   1. Bundesliga           4th       Europa League QF, DFB-Pokal RU
    2029/30   1. Bundesliga           3rd       Europa League Quarter-finalists
    2030/31   1. Bundesliga           4th       -
    2031/32   1. Bundesliga           4th       DFB-Pokal Semi-finalists
    2032/33   1. Bundesliga           4th       DFB-Pokal Quarter-finalists
    2033/34   1. Bundesliga           2nd       DFB-Pokal Runners Up
    2034/35   1. Bundesliga           3rd       DFB-Pokal & Champions League QF
    2035/36   1. Bundesliga           6th       Europa League 2nd Knockout Round
    2036/37   1. Bundesliga           12th      -
    2037/38   1. Bundesliga           5th       -
    2038/39   1. Bundesliga           5th       -
    Arsenal:

    Took advantage of the disarray at Newcastle to win the league for the first time in 7 years.


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    2023/24*  Premier League          2nd       CL Semi-finalists, LC Runners up
    2024/25*  Premier League          1st       Premier League Winners, LC Runners Up
    2025/26*  Premier League          1st       Premier League Winners
    2026/27   Premier League          1st       PL & CL Winners, FA Cup Semi-finalists
    2027/28   Premier League          1st       PL, CL, CWC & LC Winners, FA Cup Final
    2028/29   Premier League          3rd       League Cup Runners Up, Champ's Lg SF
    2029/30   Premier League          1st       Premier League Winners, Champ's Lg RU
    2030/31   Premier League          1st       PL & LC Winners, CL Runners Up
    2031/32   Premier League          1st       Prem League Winners, FA Cup Runners Up
    2032/33   Premier League          2nd       Champions League Semi-finalists
    2033/34   Premier League          6th       Champions League Runners Up
    2034/35   Premier League          2nd       FA Cup 6th Round
    2035/36   Premier League          3rd       Champions League Semi-finalists
    2036/37   Premier League          3rd       FA Cup 6th Round, CL Runners Up
    2037/38   Premier League          4th       -
    2038/39   Premier League          1st       PL Winners, CL Quarter-finalists
    Santos:

    We'll let them off the poor league season for reclaiming the Libertadores, 5 years after the last one.


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    2027*     Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao, Paulista Winners, L'dores SF
    2028*     Brasileirao             2nd       Paulista, Libertadores Semi-finalists
    2029*     Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao & L'dores W, P'lista SF, CWC RU
    2030*     Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao, CL, P'lista & Recopa W, CWC RU
    2031*     Brasileirao             1st       Brasileirao, Paulista & Recopa Winners
    2032      Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao, CL, & Paulista Winners, CWC RU
    2033      Brasileirao             2nd       CL, Recopa & Paulista Winners, CWC RU
    2034      Brasileirao             2nd       Paulista RU, CL SF, Recopa Winners
    2035      Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao & Paulista Winners, L'dores QF
    2036      Brasileirao             1st       Brasileirao Winners, Paulista Runners Up
    2037      Brasileirao             1st       Brasileirao Winners, Paulista SF
    2038      Brasileirao             4th       Paulista & CL Winners, CWC Runners Up
    Brazil:

    A much better World Cup for Brazil, although they'll be thinking "what if?" after the disappointing loss to Cameroon in the final.


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    2030*     Friendlies              -         Appointed in July, P5 W2 D2 L1
    2031*     Copa América            R-Up      Copa América R-Up, Resigned in July
    2032      Friendlies              -         P3 W2 D0 L1
    2033      Confederations Cup      3rd       Confederations Cup 3rd Placed Team
    2031-33   CONMEBOL WC Qualifiers  2nd       Qualified for World Cup
    2034      World Cup               Grp Stage Eliminated at Group Stage of WC
    2035      Copa América            Grp Stage Eliminated at Group Stage of C. América    
    2036      Friendlies              -         P3 W0 D2 L1
    2037      Friendlies              -         P2 W0 D2 L0
    2035-37   CONMEBOL WC Qualifiers  2nd       Qualified for World Cup  
    2038      World Cup               R-Up      World Cup Runners Up
    Vélez:

    A first trophy since the season I left the club - finally!


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    2031/32*  Clausura                1st       Clausura Winners, Joined in February
    2032/33*  Apertura                1st       Apertura Winners, Left in December
    2032/33   Clausura                1st       Clausura Winners, CA 7th Rnd, CL SF
    2033/34   Apertura                2nd       Copa Sudamericana Semi-finalists
    2033/34   Clausura                5th       -
    2034/35   Apertura                5th       Copa Sudamericana Quarter-finalists
    2034/35   Clausura                3rd       Copa Libertadores 2nd Round
    2035/36   Apertura                9th       Copa Sudamericana Quarter-finalists
    2035/36   Clausura                7th       -
    2036/37   Apertura                3rd       Copa Sudamericana Quarter-finalists
    2036/37   Clausura                3rd       -
    2037/38   Apertura                3rd       Copa Sudamericana Quarter-finalists
    2037/38   Clausura                9th       Copa Libertadores Quarter-finalists
    2038/39   Apertura                1st       Apertura Winners
    Newcastle:

    A definite transitional season, despite coming 2nd in the league we were miles back from Arsenal. Fortunately the board seemed to get it right with their second go at replacing me
    , after the first guy had us languishing in 16th earlier in the season. Painful to see my squad broken up as well - Krivokuca, Vujadinovic and Cardinal have gone with Moke, Sedat Yucel, Busao and Breach pretty certain to follow. Maciulevicius was only given 9 appearances - just 2 starts. A shoddy way to treat a club legend.

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    2032/33*  Premier League          7th       FA Cup Runners Up, Joined in December
    2033/34*  Premier League          1st       Premier League & League Cup Winners
    2034/35*  Premier League          1st       Prem, FA Cup, & Champions League Winners
    2035/36*  Premier League          1st       Prem & CWC Winners, League Cup & CL R-Up
    2036/37*  Premier League          1st       Prem, Lg Cup, & Champ's League Winners
    2037/38*  Premier League          1st       Prem, FA Cup, LC & CWC Winners, CL R-Up
    2038/39   Premier League          2nd       Champions League Quarter-finalists

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    Not to be facetious about it but haven't Chris Kirkland, Leighton Baines and Emile Heskey played for England (or at least been called up) recently whilst at Wigan?
    Erm... yes

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    Not ancitipating many issues with this group.


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    Weymouth!

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    oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooo thats a 'stinker' of a group .

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattSpurs94 View Post
    Weymouth!
    I know thought I'd never see them back!

    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooo thats a 'stinker' of a group .
    Plenty of trips east, so I guess it's a stinker for the WAGs if they fancied fun in the sun...

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    Weymouth is back! Huzzah!

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    Plenty of news to warm the heart among old clubs.

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    Just read through this from the very start. Great career you’ve had.

    First thing I noticed was the Euro 2012 semi-finals, had England beat Italy IRL the semi finals would have been spot on!

    Also, thoroughly enjoyed the resignation from Arsenal and landing at Santos! A lot of league titles won!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cswalk08 View Post
    Weymouth is back! Huzzah!
    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Plenty of news to warm the heart among old clubs.
    Indeed! Mostly very good, only Wigan had a really bad season.

    Quote Originally Posted by DBurns View Post
    Just read through this from the very start. Great career you’ve had.

    First thing I noticed was the Euro 2012 semi-finals, had England beat Italy IRL the semi finals would have been spot on!

    Also, thoroughly enjoyed the resignation from Arsenal and landing at Santos! A lot of league titles won!
    Thanks!

    I hadn't noticed that - it's quite spooky really! Considering that was played out on my save back in October 2011, anyway... perhaps I should put some bets on for semi-finalists at the 2014 World Cup?

    Haha I'm glad you enjoyed that! I was considering doing something similarly role-play-ish for my exit from Newcastle but I'm quite busy at the moment so just wanted to get on with it really. I'll come up with something for when I finish with England, definitely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    Thanks!

    I hadn't noticed that - it's quite spooky really! Considering that was played out on my save back in October 2011, anyway... perhaps I should put some bets on for semi-finalists at the 2014 World Cup?

    Haha I'm glad you enjoyed that! I was considering doing something similarly role-play-ish for my exit from Newcastle but I'm quite busy at the moment so just wanted to get on with it really. I'll come up with something for when I finish with England, definitely!
    Very spooky indeed! Should Germany win tomorrow night IRL, I think I'll put a bet on Spain winning the final 2-0! Haha.

    In good form at the minute with England, should be able to keep it going considering the draw for the World Cup Qualifying Group.

    This career along with SRL88 and tomtuck's careers have inspired me into starting my own journeyman save!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    Indeed! Mostly very good, only Wigan had a really bad season.
    For me that was a bonus

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBurns View Post
    Very spooky indeed! Should Germany win tomorrow night IRL, I think I'll put a bet on Spain winning the final 2-0! Haha.

    In good form at the minute with England, should be able to keep it going considering the draw for the World Cup Qualifying Group.

    This career along with SRL88 and tomtuck's careers have inspired me into starting my own journeyman save!
    Haha! Yeah probably a good shout to be honest, Spain just seem to have an aura of invincibility despite not really playing well. Germany have almost been too impressive to win it - it almost never happens that a team look amazing for the whole tournament and win. Although I kind of hope they do, they're much more entertaining, and I absolutely love Ozil.

    Glad we've inspired you, I'll make sure to take a look at your thread

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    For me that was a bonus
    Oh leave them alone

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    England Squad v Belgium (h) 10.08.39 (Friendly)

    In Out
    Stanley Okoro - DRC - Arsenal
    Mitchell Breach - M/AML - Newcastle
    John Holland - ST - Man Utd
    Oscar Hall - ST - Cardiff
    Tom Cruse - DRC - Huddersfield (injured)
    Karl Smith - DM/MC - Everton (injured)
    Graham Ellams - WB/ML - Swansea (not selected)
    Daniel Nwaogu - ST - Shamrock Rovers (not selected)

    Cruse misses his first squad since I took over with an injury, with Okoro set to make his debut after impressing for the U21s. Smith again misses out with an injury, with Bond switching back to midfield as his replacement, allowing Holland and Hall to complete our first-choice forward line with Wakefield and N'Shole. Nwaogu is the other to make way, whilst Breach's return from injury means Ellams stays at home.

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    England 2
    John Holland (15)
    Mbala Mbuta N'Shole (90+3)

    Friendly International
    Wembley, 73,977
    Belgium 3
    Nathan Callens (6)
    Benjamin Leroux (34, 72)
    Lineup (4-4-2) Lineup (4-2-3-1 Narrow)

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    This game makes it pretty clear to me that we can't expect to compete against decent sides with a sub-second-choice backline. McKenzie was hauled off after half-time as Leroux ran him ragged time and time again. We were better in the second half, but it'd be hard to be worse than we were in the first, Holland's smart finish aside. A bad result it might be, but I've learned a lot.

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    England Squad v Ukraine (a) 03.09.39 and Georgia (h) 07.09.39 (Euro Qualifiers)

    In Out
    Tom Cruse - DRC - Huddersfield
    Danny Oakley - DC - Liverpool
    Stanley Okoro - DRC - Arsenal (not selected)
    Adrian McKenzie - DC - Tottenham (not selected)


    Unsurprisingly after the previous result the major changes were in defence, with Cruse and Oakley coming back in following injuries.
    Last edited by SnakeXe; 28-06-2012 at 18:49.

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    Tamer Chorley suffers an injury in training so Fred rejoins the squad after a move to Man Utd.

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    Oscar Hall likewise (who has moved to Newcastle in a big-money transfer - he's not very good guys ) gets injured so I bring in a midfielder to replace him, Rob Hodges of Middlesbrough, so Bond covers the last striker position again.

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    Ukraine 1
    Roman Yuzhanin (37)

    Euro 2040 Qualifier (Group E)
    Donbas-Arena, 51,504
    England 0
    Lineup (4-5-1) Lineup (4-4-1-1)

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    Unbelievably frustrating game. We dominated but nothing would go in. They, of course, scored with their only chance of the game (until the 80th minute when we had to start throwing numbers forward). Still, we're still top and if we win our last 2 games, against Georgia at home and Iceland away, we'll definitely win the group.

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    England 4
    Fred (15)
    Mbala Mbuta N'Shole (24, 26)
    Jed Smith (43)

    Euro 2040 Qualifier (Group E)
    Wembley, 90,000
    Georgia 0
    Lineup (4-2-3-1) Lineup (4-2-3-1)

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    One down, just Iceland left.

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    A much better performance, the performance we should have put in in Tbilisi and Donetsk. We matched their system and our individual quality shone through. I'm strongly considering starting this way in Rejkjavik - although we only need a draw now, we saw against Ukraine what can happen if you play too cautiously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    One down, just Iceland left.
    Feeling confident now, we're going to go and smash them.

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    England Squad v Iceland (a) 08.10.39 (Euro Qualifiers)

    In Out
    Chris Leigh - GK - Fulham
    Tamer Chorley - DC - Huddersfield
    Karl Smith - DM/MC - Everton
    Joe Chamberlain - M/AMLC - Burnley
    Tristan Smith - GK - Wigan (injured)
    Danny Oakley - DC - Liverpool (injured)
    Rob Hodges - DM/MC - Middlesbrough (not selected)
    Mike Preston - ML - Paris Saint-Germain (injured)

    Tristan Smith, Oakley and Preston all suffer injuries, so Leigh and Chorley come back in, whilst I select young Joe Chamberlain as Preston's replacement since Ellams is just completely uninspiring. The Burnley winger may be raw but he's at least got a bit about him. Hodges drops out as vice-captain Karl Smith returns.

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    Euro 2040 Qualifier (Group E)
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    Another horrific performance away from home. What on earth is wrong with us?! Two (TWO!!) own goals from the previously unflappable Karl Joseph, the Ashley Cole of his era, and a completely toothless display going forward. What a joke. And yet we're through because Georgia and Moldova drew. Iceland can top the group by beating Moldova away in the final round of games, and they probably deserve to, because we really haven't performed like group winners. I need to undertake a serious review before the finals.

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    Well, we got the break we didn't deserve, Iceland failing to beat Moldova. I suppose we have beaten every team in the group at least, but losing - and losing badly in two cases - away to Georgia, Iceland and Ukraine is embarassing and unacceptable under my management. Things will change.

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    Sneaked through there. Was shocked when I saw the result.

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    A few to many defeats really. Do you find the level of talent coming through for England when you are as far into the game as you are to be quite poor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Sneaked through there. Was shocked when I saw the result.
    I couldn't believe what was happening in front of my eyes. Just a ridiculous performance. Iceland passed the ball well though, they are quite a good side. Although I have to wonder how much was us letting them look good.

    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    A few to many defeats really. Do you find the level of talent coming through for England when you are as far into the game as you are to be quite poor?
    There's the odd top class player and then a lot of uninspiring rubbish. Kind of like real life.

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    England Squad v Norway (h) 12.11.39 and Israel (a) 16.11.39 (Friendlies)

    In Out
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    Stanley Okoro - DRC - Arsenal
    Danny Oakley - DC - Liverpool
    Peter Lynch - DRL - Man City
    Chris Leigh - GK - Fulham (not selected)
    Tom Cruse - DRC - Huddersfield (injured)
    Fred - DC - Man Utd (not selected)
    Greg Jones - D/MR - Newcastle (injured)

    Massive injury crisis at right back as both our two usual choices are injured. Really wanted to have a massive squad clearout but there's just noone to come in, except in the positions where we're already strong. A real headache. It might have to be a tactical revolution perhaps.
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    Wembley, 73,986
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    Another poor performance which shouldn't be masked by the scoreline, I think this spells the end of 4-2-3-1 for this England side.

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    Sneaking a 2-1 win there.

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    4-4-1-1 huh? Mixing it up!

    Playmaker behind the striker?

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    A solid performance, just lacking a bit of imagination going forward.

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    Finally no more Boo

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    4-4-1-1 huh? Mixing it up!

    Playmaker behind the striker?
    Yeah that's what I tried. We were a lot more solid which I liked, but lacking penetration. It's bizarre, we have an absolute surfeit of top-class pacy strikers, but nothing else beyond Oakley, Joseph, Moke and Preston. How do you fit more than one off-the-shoulder player into one side? You can't. Can you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Finally no more Boo
    Indeed I think I was more happy about that than qualifying for the Euros!

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    Armenia should be a gimme, but it could be tricky against Italy, whilst we won't relish a reaquaintance with Belgium - who gave us a right shoeing at Wembley recently.

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    England Squad v France (a) 29.02.40 (Friendly)

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    James Sykes - GK - Swansea
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    Tom Cruse - DRC - Huddersfield
    Nick Dixon - DM/MC - Arsenal
    Mike Preston - ML - Paris Saint-Germain
    Oscar Hall - ST - Newcastle
    Damon Crawford - ST - Man Utd
    David Seasman - GK - Man Utd (injured)
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    Stanley Okoro - DRC - Arsenal (not picked)
    Peter Lynch - DRL - Man City (not picked)
    Karl Smith - DM/MC - Everton (injured)
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    John Holland - ST - Man Utd (injured)
    Andy Wakefield - ST - Newcastle (injured)

    Absolutely ridiculous injury problems for this squad - at least the previously injured right-back duo of Jones and Cruse are back. My first 3 choice keepers are all injured, so we're down to Marcus Clark - Newcastle's third choice keeper - getting into the squad. I'm glad to see Preston back as well, although less pleased to have him replace Breach rather than the inexperienced Chamberlain, whilst I'm looking forward to giving Damon Crawford a shot up top - the wonderkid has been banging them in for the U21s. Dixon is perhaps a bit young, but I wanted him to have a call-up to reward his good performances for the U21s, and to earmark him as a player for the future.

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    A far better performance than either of the Norway or Israel games, we almost completely snuffed out arguably the most potent attack in international football, and created a couple of excellent chances to win it. That we couldn't is a slight cause for concern, however I think with a few tactical tweaks it can be rectified - the fact that neither N'Shole or Crawford did well probably implies it is a tactical problem rather than just poor individual displays. I'll try and tweak it to focus more on getting the ball in behind the defence and getting the ball in early from the flanks.

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    England Squad - 30-man Preliminary for Euro 2040


    Code:
    | Pkd     | Inf     | Name                | Position         | Club                | Height  | Weight       | Age     | Value   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Tristan Smith       | GK               | Wigan               | 5'11"   | 12 st 6 lbs  | 32      | £3.8M   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       | IPR     | David Seasman       | GK               | Man Utd             | 6'0"    | 12 st 12 lbs | 30      | £4.2M   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Chris Leigh         | GK               | Fulham              | 6'0"    | 12 st 10 lbs | 26      | £4.2M   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       | IPR     | Carl Yambasu        | D (R)            | Stoke               | 5'7"    | 10 st 1 lbs  | 26      | £1.7M   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Boubacar Compaoré   | D (RC)           | Liverpool           | 6'4"    | 13 st 9 lbs  | 22      | £9M     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Jed Smith           | D (R), DM, M (C) | Man Utd             | 5'9"    | 11 st 2 lbs  | 27      | £6M     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Craig Evans         | D (L)            | Chelsea             | 5'10"   | 11 st 6 lbs  | 32      | £950K   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Fred                | D (LC)           | Man Utd             | 6'2"    | 13 st 5 lbs  | 30      | £2.7M   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Danny Oakley        | D (C)            | Liverpool           | 6'4"    | 13 st 9 lbs  | 33      | £3.9M   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Jake Mapes          | D (C)            | Arsenal             | 6'7"    | 14 st 13 lbs | 30      | £3.3M   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Tamer Chorley       | D (C)            | Huddersfield        | 6'3"    | 13 st 5 lbs  | 26      | £3.7M   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Greg Jones          | D/M (R)          | Newcastle           | 5'11"   | 11 st 13 lbs | 24      | £6.25M  | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Karl Joseph         | D/M (L)          | Man City            | 6'0"    | 12 st 3 lbs  | 32      | £6.75M  | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Karl Smith          | DM, M (C)        | Everton             | 6'0"    | 12 st 8 lbs  | 32      | £3.7M   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Dan Vigurs          | DM, M (C)        | Juventus            | 6'3"    | 13 st 5 lbs  | 32      | £5.25M  | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       | IPR     | Rob Hodges          | DM, M (C)        | Middlesbrough       | 5'11"   | 12 st 3 lbs  | 30      | £2.4M   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       | Wnt     | Nick Dixon          | DM, M (C)        | Arsenal             | 5'10"   | 12 st 1 lbs  | 18      | £2.8M   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Andrew Stewart      | M (R), AM (RC)   | Cardiff             | 5'10"   | 11 st 13 lbs | 24      | £8.75M  | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Mike Preston        | M (L)            | Paris Saint-Germain | 5'11"   | 11 st 9 lbs  | 28      | £26.5M  | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Mbala Mbuta N'Shole | M (C), ST        | Man City            | 5'10"   | 11 st 4 lbs  | 24      | £23M    | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Branko Eric         | M/AM (R), ST     | Liverpool           | 6'5"    | 13 st 12 lbs | 29      | £3.8M   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       | IPR     | Sean Brown          | M/AM (R), ST     | Blackburn           | 6'0"    | 12 st 8 lbs  | 27      | £4.5M   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Mitchell Breach     | M/AM (L)         | Newcastle           | 5'8"    | 11 st 4 lbs  | 27      | £1.7M   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Joe Chamberlain     | M/AM (LC)        | Burnley             | 5'10"   | 11 st 11 lbs | 21      | £1.9M   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Delando Moke        | M/AM (C)         | Valencia            | 6'4"    | 13 st 3 lbs  | 26      | £19.75M | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Phil Bond           | M/AM (C), ST     | Hull                | 5'10"   | 11 st 9 lbs  | 25      | £4M     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | John Holland        | ST               | Man Utd             | 5'11"   | 11 st 9 lbs  | 26      | £11.5M  | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       | Inj     | Andy Wakefield      | ST               | Newcastle           | 5'11"   | 12 st 3 lbs  | 26      | £23.5M  | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Oscar Hall          | ST               | Newcastle           | 5'11"   | 12 st 1 lbs  | 25      | £22.5M  | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Damon Crawford      | ST               | Man Utd             | 6'0"    | 12 st 3 lbs  | 20      | £4.5M   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    Fairly predictable for the most part. The only major problem at this stage is that Tom Cruse, first choice right-back, will miss out. Hopefully we'll have no further injuries in the three pre-tournament friendlies we have scheduled. The likes of Brown, Crawford, and Hall will all get a chance to play themselves into contention. Established players that are in danger of missing out include Wakefield, who has been frozen out at Newcastle and is carrying a knock at the moment, and Branko Eric, who similarly hasn't featured much for Liverpool.

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    Spain 3
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    Mateo (86)

    Friendly International
    Santiago Bernabéu, 55,608
    England 3
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    Well, Oscar Hall has booked his place on the plane anyway. Tristan Smith may have played his way out of the starting lineup with a poor display, whilst Danny Oakley definitely will come under pressure from Tamer Chorley, Jack Mapes and Fred for a starting slot. Overall though it was an excellent performance, we threatened Spain's defence constantly, and only good finishing, poor goalkeeping, and lax marking prevented an emphatic win for us. Very encouraging.

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    Another example of how we just lack the technical ability to cut teams apart who come to defend. I think that's it for Crawford's chances really, it'll likely be Hall, N'Shole and one of Holland and Wakefield at the moment. I'm leaning towards Wakefield simply because he's the captain, but it could swing on a performance in the final warm-up against the Czech Republic. Chorley and Leigh were decent enough so they're their shirts to lose now.

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    What!? Iceland qualifying for a Major Championship! Any chance of a screenshot of their best player?

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    England 2
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    Wembley, 73,965
    Czech Republic 2
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    Well on the negative side, not the best of performances to see us off - we were swamped in midfield and retained the ball poorly - but on the positive side it definitely solves my final selection quandries. Branco Eric will miss out for Steward and Brown, Chamberlain misses out, and Wakefield goes instead of Holland. Oh, and 4-4-1-1 all the way in the competition.

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