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Everything posted by Pukey

  1. If this exact same group without Messi does well in Qatar then maybe you'd have a point but seeing as loads can change in 4 years I highly doubt that will be the case.
  2. I don't think they'd have even qualified if it weren't for him.
  3. I'm not even his biggest fan but no idea why AJJ thinks he's just suddenly going to melt away up against Cuadrado just because he's quick.
  4. I mean, Young kept Salah pretty quiet and Cuadrado did sod all against Senegal...
  5. Always going to be debate but that team from the Brazilian site is undoubtedly worse tbh, Neymar is a joke of a pick.
  6. I still don't understand Nainggolan not being called up and Dembele not being a starter, both are better than Witsel.
  7. "Should Southgate’s side exceed all expectations and reach the semi-finals they will meet Spain, with La Roja likely to be overwhelming favourites" Absurdly presumptuous, not even a "they will most likely meet," just straight up pretending Spain beating home nation Russia and then an excellent looking Croatia or a Denmark team that hasn't lost a game in ages is an absolute guarantee. And bothering about not being included in another nation's song is like caring your team isn't included in that "**** them all" chant Millwall do. Before the tournament everyone here said we had no chance, and suddenly the press are surprised that other countries felt/still feel the same?
  8. Spain or Uruguay, voted for Spain. I'm still not quite feeling Belgium but Kompany instead of Boyata would raise their chances significantly. If they can get past the quarters I think they'll get into the final but if it's Spain they face there I think Spain will have too much for them. One of Sweden, Switzerland, Colombia, or England will be in the semis so at that point whoever of those it is that gets through will have a chance. Denmark, Japan, Mexico, and Argentina I just can't see doing anything at all. I'd include Russia but they have home advantage which does make a difference, but I'd be very surprised to see them past Spain.
  9. Agreed. Happy Southgate rested players as we need our first team ready for the knock out whoever it is. Didn't want to lose last night and I'm sure the team didn't but the main thing was resting the main team. Unfortunately he's in for criticism now and if we don't get through to the semis people will now argue we should have tried harder to win this, and if we did beat Belgium and went out people would have said we should have lost so he can't win at all in the situation unless we get very deep.
  10. Noticed this as well and it confused me. It wasn't like we were under pressure when doing it, Belgium we're pressing us a massive amount to cause that.
  11. Fully agree with this. It clearly wasn't viewed as a must win and there wasn't a huge amount of urgency, but both teams obviously wanted a win. Neither team played particularly well and it played like a friendly, but every team wants to win friendlies as well.
  12. I like Quintero and he does have creativity but without James I really don't think they have any more than England. They can still win, but they looked fairly toothless today and only scored from a set piece that Senegal looked disorganised from because of a sub. It's hard to rate Colombia properly. They played the majority of the game against Japan with 10 men and Poland looked an absolute shambles. Today they really weren't impressive and Senegal really should have punished them. They have quality and can beat us for sure, but if we can't beat the likes of them we shouldn't be anywhere near the quarters or semis.
  13. I'd happily beat San Marino, Panama, and Luxembourg tbh
  14. Odds on Scott still saying he should start over Sterling?
  15. If we played our first team and one (Kane?) got injured people would have moaned. We made changes and people moaned. If we won people would have moaned that we have a harder route. We lose with a weaker team and people moan because our back up players didn't perform as well as the main group. Basically there was no way people wouldn't moan. I don't buy that we deliberately threw the game either. I think we tried to get the goal but there clearly wasn't the intensity if it were absolutely vital, which I think would be the same for any team in the same situation.
  16. The first XI know if they underperform they're out of the competition you absolute clown
  17. How Dembele isn't in the Belgium starting 11 I'll never know.
  18. Don't think we can play with just Henderson against Colombia but Dier didn't really stake a good claim to play.
  19. Maguire for Stones and bringing Welbeck on our only subs so far...yeah, not convinced Gareth is desperate to win here.
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