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32 minutes ago, CMOZZA said:

2 assists in less than 2 games worth of minutes (Spread across 5) is plenty more than some of our attacking players did in Southgate's systems.

Not defending Baptista's excessiveness earlier in the thread but I think Grealish and Sterling are the only two attacking players to come out of this tournament in a better light than they were going into it. But I put that down to the cautious approach more than anything.

I don't spout it for the sake of it, or because of club bias, I genuinely believe he's that good.

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Just now, Baptista_8 said:

I don't spout it for the sake of it, or because of club bias, I genuinely believe he's that good.

I'm sure you believe he is that good but of course there's club bias. It's why Barry always defends Sterling, ajw always defends Saka and Pukey always defends Phillips.

You are kidding yourself if you think that you would act in the same way if you thought Sancho deserved to play more because of his ability.

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2 minutes ago, The_jagster said:

I'm sure you believe he is that good but of course there's club bias. It's why Barry always defends Sterling, ajw always defends Saka and Pukey always defends Phillips.

You are kidding yourself if you think that you would act in the same way if you thought Sancho deserved to play more because of his ability.

I was going to say something about nation bias too, but then 

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Of course, jokes aside, we are all biased to some extent. Everyone has a skin in the game. :D :D 

Except perhaps you're not a fan of football at all, and just a casual viewer of the sport.

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1 minute ago, The_jagster said:

I'm sure you believe he is that good but of course there's club bias. It's why Barry always defends Sterling, ajw always defends Saka and Pukey always defends Phillips.

You are kidding yourself if you think that you would act in the same way if you thought Sancho deserved to play more because of his ability.

I don't know how you can watch Grealish play as much as me and not think he's a truly special player. There are plenty of very knowledgeable neutral ex pros who share my opinion.

But hey ho, this has been done to death by now. No point having the debate again 👍

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I got to say, I know I've been a thorn in the side of the English fans for the tournament. Now the tournament is over, remember that we're all still friends. Alright? No personal hurts, and no hate. Hugs all-round. (:

England did do well after all. I'm happy Spain did well enough too. On to club football now and getting Barca back in shape.

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24 minutes ago, Baptista_8 said:

Kinda tough when you're thrown on with little time, when the team's under the cosh with hardly any possession. Still got two assists in limited minutes though 👌

Just like every other sub then. Come on man, don't need to make excuses

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19 minutes ago, The_jagster said:

I'm sure you believe he is that good but of course there's club bias. It's why Barry always defends Sterling, ajw always defends Saka and Pukey always defends Phillips.

You are kidding yourself if you think that you would act in the same way if you thought Sancho deserved to play more because of his ability.

When people made the argument for Saka starting based on his impact, didn't see the same enthusiasm from him, personally. 

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Going into the tournament I thought Grealish was our best outfield player but overall I think he’ll be disappointed with how little impact he had despite the limited game time. I also thought Foden was going to light up the tournament but again didn’t quite grasp his chance (could have all been different if his shot that hit the post had went in).

The likes of Shaw, Sterling and Phillips all grasped their chance and nailed down their spot.

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4 minutes ago, EnterUsernameHere said:

Ajw definitely showed enough. CJ maybe as well.

I was talking about Baptista, in reference to jagsters point about bias. He tried to downplay people wanting to start him based on subs appearances despite making a case for Grealish doing the same

I'd like to have seen more Grealish and Foden personally, just think we don't need the excuses

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11 minutes ago, themadsheep2001 said:

Just like every other sub then. Come on man, don't need to make excuses

I made the same excuse for Saka when he came on the other night, so yes just like every other sub. And you're saying this as if Grealish was bad when he came on :confused:

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Just now, Baptista_8 said:

I made the same excuse for Saka when he came on the other night, so yes just like every other sub. And you're saying this as if Grealish was bad when he came on :confused:

I literally said nothing about Grealish being good or bad FFS

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7 minutes ago, EnterUsernameHere said:

Ajw definitely showed enough. CJ maybe as well.

He won't say a bad word about the other users who show consistent bias. Just calls me out on it :D

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10 minutes ago, themadsheep2001 said:

When people made the argument for Saka starting based on his impact, didn't see the same enthusiasm from him, personally. 

No I know but that isn't my point really.

I don't want to speak for Baptista but I think he interprets biased = insincere. Like I don't deny Grealish is good but I don't know how he can seriously argue that his club allegiance has no impact on why he defends Grealish.

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10 minutes ago, Bigwig said:

Going into the tournament I thought Grealish was our best outfield player but overall I think he’ll be disappointed with how little impact he had despite the limited game time. I also thought Foden was going to light up the tournament but again didn’t quite grasp his chance (could have all been different if his shot that hit the post had went in).

The likes of Shaw, Sterling and Phillips all grasped their chance and nailed down their spot.

I think Sterling was always going to have that backing but agree with you on the other two, nailed on starters, which you wouldn't have said last year. 

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Yeah I've been worried about our centre backs but actually what we have is quite good really. They need protection obviously but then most centre backs do these days. 

Centre midfield is where we need to take a step forward. Bellingham looking like he might be a generational talent is huge. And I'm convinced Smith Rowe is going break into the squad in the next few months.

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Just now, The_jagster said:

No I know but that isn't my point really.

I don't want to speak for Baptista but I think he interprets biased = insincere. Like I don't deny Grealish is good but I don't know how he can seriously argue that his club allegiance has no impact on why he defends Grealish.

I don't think it does. When we've had good performing English players I've never been crying out for them to be in the squad or starting or anything. I just think Grealish is special. The only way I would be biased towards him is that style of playmaker is my fav type of player.

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Just now, Coulthard's Jaw said:

Yeah I've been worried about our centre backs but actually what we have is quite good really. They need protection obviously but then most centre backs do these days. 

Centre midfield is where we need to take a step forward. Bellingham looking like he might be a generational talent is huge. And I'm convinced Smith Rowe is going break into the squad in the next few months.

Think it was @EnterUsernameHere who was talking about two way players. Bellingham fits that for me. Would love to see Bellingham/Phillips as a duo tested out

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Just now, Coulthard's Jaw said:

Only thing I would say in defence of Baptista is he was obsessed with Wilshere being world class for ages :D even after all the Arsenal fans had given up on him.

Told you, bias towards that type of technically gifted player :D

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Grealish felt a bit overhyped to me, but it was great to see him coming on had impact at times. 

I know Barry said this before but Sterling would be one of the world's best if he could finish and picked the right moments to pass. 

It was pointed out to me not a single goal conceded in open play and only from set pieces, which is still amazing to me. 

Only player that disappointed me was Mount. Apart from one chance / miss and the set piece crosses he took he seemed to be irrelevant in more games than any other player for me. 

Felt Kane grew as the tournament went on but still wasn't at his best. Don't see him every week but he reminds me of a poor man's Alan Shearer playing for England at least.

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Just now, The_jagster said:

My worry for next tournament is that Kane regresses a bit or gets injured, the back up options as a striker aren't great atm.

Everyone will be playing a False 9 by then anyway :thup:

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Just now, Lucas said:

Grealish felt a bit overhyped to me, but it was great to see him coming on had impact at times. 

I know Barry said this before but Sterling would be one of the world's best if he could finish and picked the right moments to pass. 

It was pointed out to me not a single goal conceded in open play and only from set pieces, which is still amazing to me. 

Only player that disappointed me was Mount. Apart from one chance / miss and the set piece crosses he took he seemed to be irrelevant in more games than any other player for me. 

Felt Kane grew as the tournament went on but still wasn't at his best. Don't see him every week but he reminds me of a poor man's Alan Shearer playing for England at least.

Was disappointed with Mount offensively, but he was also being used in a forward destroyer role, which feels like such a waste of him, though it was largely effective

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4 minutes ago, Lucas said:

Grealish felt a bit overhyped to me, but it was great to see him coming on had impact at times. 

I know Barry said this before but Sterling would be one of the world's best if he could finish and picked the right moments to pass. 

It was pointed out to me not a single goal conceded in open play and only from set pieces, which is still amazing to me. 

Only player that disappointed me was Mount. Apart from one chance / miss and the set piece crosses he took he seemed to be irrelevant in more games than any other player for me. 

Felt Kane grew as the tournament went on but still wasn't at his best. Don't see him every week but he reminds me of a poor man's Alan Shearer playing for England at least.

After a goalmouth scramble that saw a Marco Verratti header pushed against the post by Jordan Pickford, the Juventus man turned the ball in to the delight of the Italian support. It was the first goal from open play that England have conceded in the entire tournament.

--Source: Somewhere on the Internet.

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1 minute ago, enigmatic said:

Think Mount was a lot more effective than he was given credit for, but had a poor game in the final. But I don't think even Baptista would bring on Grealish to defend a lead

Baptista would bring Grealish on to replace the Pope for Midnight Mass tbh

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10 minutes ago, The_jagster said:

My worry for next tournament is that Kane regresses a bit or gets injured, the back up options as a striker aren't great atm.

Ivan Toney’s going to light up the league this year. Sorted. 

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17 minutes ago, enigmatic said:

Mount was a lot more effective than he was given credit for, but had a poor game in the final. But I don't think even Baptista would bring on Grealish to defend a lead

I mean this is the thing, fine margins etc.  You can moan about Southgate's negativity and late subs but it's been clear all tournament that he doesn't trust Grealish defensively.  So you switch Mount for Grealish on 70 minutes to give you a better option going forward... but if we then lose 3-1 in normal time it looks like the wrong call.  Same with the penalties.  Bringing Sancho and Rashford on for a spot kick when they haven't been involved in the game looks like an idiot's move once they've missed.  But if players like Stones and Phillips had missed people are screaming that he's left attacking players on the bench for a shootout when we can make six subs.

Still would have liked to have seen Henderson in from the start, having that experience in midfield on 30-35 minutes when the possession started to get away from us... might have made a difference.  Phillips and Rice both leave with their reputations massively enhanced but we have basically bettered our typical tournament performances with the least experienced midfield we've had in years.  If one of these gets a move to a Champions League club and Bellingham kicks on we really should be going to Qatar looking even stronger.

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11 minutes ago, enigmatic said:

Think Mount was a lot more effective than he was given credit for, but had a poor game in the final. But I don't think even Baptista would bring on Grealish to defend a lead

Ahh, I really don't want to open up a can of worms, so all I'll say here is from the Villa perspective....when we're leading Grealish is an unbelievable player to have on the pitch. His ability to both win free-kicks disrupting the flow of the oppositions attacks and his ball carrying ability to get the team back up the pitch are just a brilliant asset to have when you're defending a lead.

Now obviously Premier League football at Villa's level vs international tournaments are very different etc with different skillsets required and you will lose a bit of the press that someone like Mount offers, but I must admit, I did raise an eyebrow a few times during the tournament when he was either subbed off or not bought on early enough when it was obvious we needed something to take the sting out of the opposition. 

Ok goodbye. 

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The only player in the final who tried to carry the ball forward was Rice (Saka as well when he came on), and with the best will in the world Rice doesn't quite have the ability to do anything at the end of the run/surge. I think Grealish would have been a great option who should have been used more.

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20 minutes ago, Coulthard's Jaw said:

The only player in the final who tried to carry the ball forward was Rice (Saka as well when he came on), and with the best will in the world Rice doesn't quite have the ability to do anything at the end of the run/surge. I think Grealish would have been a great option who should have been used more.

Rice and Maguire were forced to carry the ball more because there no high runs for outballs, it's why I would have taken off Mount second half for Rashford or Sancho. The ball just kept coming back, because we couldn't pin Italy back

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1 minute ago, darren1983 said:

All this talk of club bias and you steal my line before I can join in :( 

Don’t worry about it, he won’t be at your club when he gets called up. 

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1 hour ago, Coulthard's Jaw said:

Yeah I've been worried about our centre backs but actually what we have is quite good really. They need protection obviously but then most centre backs do these days. 

Centre midfield is where we need to take a step forward. Bellingham looking like he might be a generational talent is huge. And I'm convinced Smith Rowe is going break into the squad in the next few months.

I like Smith Rowe but I don't think he fixes the problem we have in midfield.

We lack someone who will always make themselves available and get us playing. The closest we've had in recent years was Winks but his form fell off a cliff, before him there was Wilshere but injuries killed him. We can still win without that type of player but we won't do it without ceding possession whenever we come up against the top sides.

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44 minutes ago, PaulHartman71 said:

 

Geez.  Brutal.  Trying to play it off like it isn't about that, but that's brutal.  That image puts it all on them.

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26 minutes ago, brett.spurs said:

I like Smith Rowe but I don't think he fixes the problem we have in midfield.

We lack someone who will always make themselves available and get us playing. 

That is literally what Smith Rowe is brilliant at. Very clever as well.

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