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Posts posted by Pukey

  1. 6 minutes ago, Bliss Seeker said:

    Semi finals. 

    This is like 10 years before I even dared dream we'd do this. 

    I didn't have much hope for this generation. We don't have any world class players on paper, we shouldn't be here. 

    I was hoping the next batch, you know, the kid's who are currently winning everything would be the ones to do this. 

    But wow. These last few weeks have been such a fantastic experience and such a suprise. 

    This has so many parallels to 96, its brilliant. 

    All we need now is an injustice and a penalty defeat to complete the circle. 

    Not going to happen. Not this time. We're going all the way. 


    Harry Kane is without doubt world class, but I agree with the rest of your post.

  2. Before the tournament I'd have been happy with getting out the group. Thought we could get quarters with a bit of luck. This if beyond anything I ever expected. Whatever happens now, they've earned a lot of love and respect from everyone. Southgate in particular has impressed me so much, especially considering I, and a lot of others, were very negative about the appointment.

  3. Such a composed performance. Took about 15 minutes or so to settle into it, but once we did we just controlled the game. Everything was at our pace and it was good to watch. Didn't rip them apart or anything but it was brilliant to see the players just seem to confident. There didn't seem to be any nerves that have affected teams of the past. Pickford, Maguire, Trippier, and Henderson were all very, very good. Sterling didn't score, but if you don't see at this point what he adds to the team there's really no point arguing now. The rest of the team did their jobs to nigh on perfection as well. I have no complaint about any player really. 

    I don't care who we've "only" beat, we're in the semi final of the world cup against either Russia or Croatia. This is comfortably the most fun I've ever had following England.

  4. 20 minutes ago, Gregster said:

    Sterling wouldn't have scored a penalty in the shoot out....in fact the couldn't hit a cows arse with a banjo ....period

    Rickie Lambert would probably score in the shoot out so I really have no idea what your point is here.

  5. Sterling is underrated at this point.

    He's not been amazing and has given it away a lot but it's clear what he's adding to the team. He's good in the transitions and even if he gives the ball away he's got the opposition on the back foot and has been good.

    If he starts creating chances as we know he can he'll start looking incredible, but that side has been weak so far.

  6. 13 minutes ago, themadsheep2001 said:

    We have an awful record against Sweden, who have a habit and are well versed in upsets. I really hope the team don't go in there with the attitude that its only Sweden, or they will bundle us straight out.

    Sweden have less star quality than Colombia, but they have a much more cohesive, and effective game plan, and will be much better at denying us space. Will be a real test for us

    Southgate noted our poor record straight away, zero chance he's going to let the players be overconfident

  7. 19 minutes ago, cms186 said:

    Columbia were the better team after Dier came on in Normal time and the first half of extra time, imo (basically when they stopped trying to be ***** and actually tried to play the game), the Dier change was a bad mistake, we should have brought on RLC or Rashford with that sub

    Dier came on 81st minute, so they were better for 30 minutes if we're being kind then :D

    We weren't amazing but I thought we were playing out the game pretty well tbh

  8. 3 minutes ago, cms186 said:

    2 of the 5 takers arent starters

    Southgate on the takers: "Our list of five takers altered because of the changes we made but we had some young players who showed resilience under pressure. We have practiced enough, we have been through a process and we were in control of that. I felt so confident in the players, even after the first one was saved, because we knew we would save one of theirs."

    So yeah, guess I was wrong.

    People criticising Southgate and the changes/lateness of the changes and I don't disagree, but the mentality he's bred into this squad is incredible and I think the system, overall, has worked. I don't get people saying we played poorly, we were the better team for a huge portion of the game, Colombia had, what, 20 minutes where they looked better?

    Southgate has done a very good job so far.

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