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  1. 7 hours ago, Rob1981 said:

    Probably see Eberechi Eze in the September squad given that he was in line for the EC warmup games before an injury. In September there are three games crammed into a week instead of two. Still catching up some of the fixtures delayed due to covid... so probably going to see 30-odd names.

    First home game back is against Andorra, sandwiched between tricky aways in Hungary and Poland. So probably some youngsters and fringe players coming in to take care of that one even though they will pack Wembley out based on it being some sort of “homecoming” for Kane and Sterling et al.

    Eze's out until the new year isn't he?

  2. 4 hours 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.

    It's Bamford's time :cool:

    Wait, what was all this about club biases again? 

    In seriousness though, very intrigued to see how Toney gets on next season. Bit of luck he might become second choice but he'll of course need to perform very well.

  3. 6 minutes ago, martynlcfc said:

    Rice and Phillips had decent enough tournaments, but they are both good players, not elite level international players. We need someone who can truly dictate the tempo, is press resistant and can help manage the game through difficult moments, or someone with the mobility to disrupt the opposition and stop them building waves of pressure. As it was, when Italy pushed up second half and got their midfield on the ball more, we couldn't really get near them.

    I think they're elite at what they do, it's just having the two of them on limits us going forward. Now, this actually worked pretty well for a lot of the tournament, and as Asta said it's not like Italy were having bucket loads of chances, but there's always a risk when the team keeps dropping deeper and deeper of conceding a goal at some point.

    Not going to criticise Southgate for playing them, they did the job he was asking of them and we came within penalties of winning the thing, but hopefully moving forward we can see more of Bellingham playing CM as if he develops into the player he looks like he will, then that will help immensely. 

  4. 2 minutes ago, Astafjevs said:

    The problem with Rice and Phillips is that when England decide they're going to sit back and let other teams play, they're not capable of getting on the ball and changing the game. They're good at stopping the other team, and by and large that's what they did because it's not like we had loads of chances. But they're also part of the reason England had one shot on target in 117 minutes. Henderson as well. 

    That's very true. Ideally, you'd want one of them playing, with someone else who'd be there to get on the ball and dictate things. They're excellent at what they do defensively though. Hopefully Bellingham develops into the kind of midfielder we need.

  5. His ball recovery is exceptional, he's constantly pressing the opponents and cutting off passing lanes to prevent easy passes, his passing is excellent. He's used in a different way to his role at Leeds where he's better, but I've naturally followed his performances incredibly closely and I can promise he's been brilliant. 

    He's not gonna dribble round a million players or anything but the midfielder is absolutely weaker without him in it at this moment in time. 

  6. Second half was poor especially, no doubt Italy deserved the win, but I don't think the performance was as bad as people suggesting. Was mainly the second half we completely fell apart for a long time. We regained a little bit of control after the equaliser at least unlike 3 years ago, so improvement I suppose :D 

    So many situations where we were in the box or around the box and the pass was wrong or whatever. This is a young group and I'm optimistic for the future. 

  7. Just now, Astafjevs said:

    England were the better team I thought. But they didn't create much since the goal. Not even sure they had a shot. We're getting into a bit more, just need to pick up in the 2nd half where we left the 1st

    We didn't have a shot after the goal, no. Which felt weird because it still felt like we had "chances" so to speak.

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