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Posts posted by Pukey

  1. Croatia got to the final without winning any knockout game in 90 minutes, bet their fans are well pissed off that they've not won their last 3 games.

    For Euro 2020 I think we can get far if these players continue to get better, so many are still so young. Might need a bit of luck again like this tournament but hasn't every team that's got far in a competition had some luck along the way?

  2. 6 minutes ago, Barry Cartman said:

    Colombia were this amazing team that we needed to avoid, until we beat them and suddenly it was just expected that we do so 

    And we outplayed them apart from about 25 minutes out of 120. "But they missed their best player" gets shouted regularly as though James makes them from no hopers to gods. Not to say he wouldn't make a difference but yeah.

  3. Sweden who beat France in the qualifiers, knocked out Italy, finished top of the group including Germany are suddenly not worthy opponents?  

    Like, I'm not saying they're an amazing side and I'm not claiming we had a hard draw (we didn't) but can we stop pretending Sweden weren't talked up as a solid side who could threaten us? 

    You know what, I couldn't care less. Southgate and the team gave me the most fun I've ever had as an England fan, I couldn't give a flying **** who we beat to get there. I hope he can look into what went wrong so we can improve and build, but for now I'm just happy with how much fun it's been. For the first time in years I cared.

  4. 37 minutes ago, GunmaN1905 said:

    And England still has room for growth. But not as much as you think.

    Young is done, his Replacement Rose is 28.
    Henderson and Walker are also 28, Trippier is 27. I don't see them suddenly jumping to a top class level.
    Lingard just doesn't have the quality for this level, imo.

    That's already half of the team.
    And the lack of class midfielders is going to hurt you in a long run.
    RLC could be great, but who else is there?

    As we've seen from Croatia's example, midfield is by far the most important part of the team in modern football.
    With a top class midfield, deficiencies in the rest of the team can be compensated for much more easily.

    Our record at youth level is outstanding. Pearcey has already touched on a few so I think we're sorted* for the next couple of years at least, and by then we'll see which of the U20s from last year makes the step up, then by 2022 we'll have even more while keeping some big players like Stones, Kane, Sterling, Alli, Pickford, even Maguire won't have reached 30 yet.  I have huge hopes that Lewis Cook will progress further and become a hugely important player. Still only 21 and he's terrific, and still at a club where he'll play every week in the PL. You can't just pick old players and act like there's no one to replace them, there could even be the odd 22/23 year old in the championship that suddenly starts developing, Maguire went to the euros as a fan 2 years ago, nobody would have picked him out as a key player for two years' time.

    *By sorted I mean being able to keep at our current level, which is probably QFs of tournaments with the odd chance at further. 

  5. 1 minute ago, Paul Bacon said:

    Trouble is whatever form a player has for his club, doesnt always translate to international form

    I know but I don't think that's relevant to my main point about the future potentially being bright tbh, or that Ox and Lallana would have likely played a part here had they been fit.

  6. Think there's more to come from us over the next few years. The youth teams have done extremely well lately, there's still players like Ox and Lallana who definitely add something to us, Lewis Cook I'm excited about to see how he develops over the next two years (Leeds bias there though :D)

    Hopefully this is the start of something great rather than the start of another miserable 28 years.

  7. 1 minute ago, kpain16 said:

    Sorry people. I really feel for you. Really do. But you're football superpower. You have a young team and this is not the end of them. We're a tiny country with a **** league and this is insane. I still can't believe it. 

    We're really not :D not internationally anyway.

    But it is certainly an achievement for your country and I have zero animosity towards you. Overall the better team on the day.

  8. 3 minutes ago, Boltman said:

    Well the ref blaming has started in the other thread already, so...

    Haven't read the whole thread but I haven't seen anyone blame the ref, my post certainly didn't blame him. He was just a crap ref, properly inconsistent with fouls and yellow cards and let so many clear fouls go.

  9. Is westy seriously asking how a team that had one final and one semi final in world cups going into the tournament, no further than QF in any major competition for 22 years, and has generally embarrassed itself for the past couple of tournaments, has overachieved by getting to the semi finals for the first time in 28 years?

    "Oh but look who we beat!" is literally the most irrelevant argument going. 

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