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Everything posted by Pukey

  1. Henderson has sent a lot of balls long for Sterling to chase, makes his passing percentage lower
  2. Sterling is far more useful starting than what Rashford would be.
  3. Without watching the video, was the phrase "I'm not racist, but" said at any point? But yeah, how thick can you get ffs
  4. That Tunisia chance was offside as well anyway.
  5. I don't think I've ever seen a positive comment about the band
  6. The mentality has been key and I feel it's been something that's been glossed over by past managers. I'm sure they try and do something to counter the expectation, the ego etc but even before the world cup started it felt like Southgate was the first to put such a huge amount of effort into it. I like the tactical set up and I think it does a good job of getting as good as we can get out of the players and is actually fairly interesting (Henderson effectively being in midfield should be absolutely stupid but...works?) However, I don't think anyone can claim he's a tactical genius. I think Southgate knows he's not though, but he's not trying to be something he's not. What he's done instead is focus on the things he can do, he's looked at other sports like Basketball and NFL to see how he can use ideas from there on set pieces. He's used his own experience with penalty shoot outs to try and understand why we lost so many and the articles I've read about the approach to them have been fascinating. It's been great to hear him say they're not a lottery, there's so much you can to tilt the odds in your favour and I hope people realise it wasn't some miracle we won one, it was a lot of research and effort. It's all added together to make the players feel confident. The players know what they're doing on the pitch, it's an odd yet relatively simple tactic that doesn't overcomplicate things but tries getting the best out of everyone and nobody is out of position like Scholes on left wing. He's got them all believing in themselves and that second goal against Tunisia is probably one of the biggest moments for us so far. We might not win it of course but every single player will feel 10ft tall and feel invincible and I feel we've improved as the tournament's gone on in terms of confidence. So many England teams of the past would have lost that Colombia game after the last minute goal, or felt the weight of expectation in the Sweden game, but it's damn good management that we came through the sticky patch against Colombia and finished stronger and won on penalties, then beat Sweden comfortably.
  7. English players playing abroad still feels pretty rare, I know Dier played in Portugal but it feels like he's the exception. I'd love for more players to have experience playing abroad. Something that's been noted in the press though is just how many of this group have come up through the ranks, playing League 1, League 2 and below in some cases. I don't know if this is just a coincidence or something that's the result of some concerted effort but it's interesting and I think it shows a bit of the diversity that's in the group.
  8. I think it's improved in the knockout games
  9. Miserable sods like this one A lot of people said Colombia were a very good team and would beat England and now all of a sudden they're **** and England are lucky etc Couldn't give a flying **** who we've faced, we're in the ****ing semi final.
  10. I'm imagining Lingard and Alli will both be coming a little deeper at times, specifically when we don't have the ball. They're both undoubtedly better but I think as the game goes on they'll get more tired and that could be where Henderson can start to have more of an influence, but he'll need help for sure.
  11. Absolutely. Saw a few tweets questioning why he was even called up before the tournament which baffled me at the time and has proven to be ridiculous as the tournament has progressed. I had my reservations about him playing "alone" in midfield so to speak but even at that he's been excellent. Croatia's midfield is going to be a huge challenge up next but I think his energy against them could prove key, but obviously Modric and Rakitic are insanely talented.
  12. It doesn't factor in people watching in pubs, and on a Saturday afternoon you can bet a huge amount of people went to pubs etc to watch rather than staying in. I like tennis and watch Wimbledon every year but I just can't imagine watching that instead of England in a world cup quarter final Each to their own of course.
  13. Belgium are playing under Martinez and France bottled the euro final. Croatia are well known bottlers as well. I'm not suggesting this is guaranteed and we can easily **** up in either the semi or the final if we get there, but **** me what a chance we have.
  14. Guy at work said we shouldn't get a bank holiday if we win. I argued the nation will be far too hungover to function the day after anyway
  15. Against a team that's played 240 minutes in the last two games, hope they're knackered.
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