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  1. Sunday 20 June Group A: Italy 1-1 Wales (17:00, Rome) Group A: Switzerland 2-0 Turkey (17:00, Baku) Monday 21 June Group C: North Macedonia 0-3 Netherlands (17:00, Amsterdam) Group C: Ukraine 2-1 Austria (17:00, Bucharest) Group B: Russia 0-2 Denmark (20:00, Copenhagen) Group B: Finland 0-2 Belgium (20:00, St Petersburg) Tuesday 22 June Group D: Czech Republic 0-1 England (20:00, London) Group D: Croatia 0-1 Scotland (20:00, Glasgow) Wednesday 23 June Group E: Slovakia 0-0 Spain (17:00, Seville) Group E: Sweden 2-1 Poland (17:00, St Petersburg) Group F: Germany 2-0 Hungary (20:00, Munich) * Group F: Portugal 1-1 France (20:00, Budapest)
  2. Netherlands have been... surprisingly competent so far! Aside from de Boer's attempts at self-sabotage in the Ukraine game they've offered more or less a consistent threat, they could have won by a couple more v Austria and de Ligt and de Vrij have done well at the back. Also Wales, might just be Turkey having a stinker but that performance in the second game was great. If they can give Italy a game then who knows, maybe they can make another run to the last four. A few obvious surprise disappointments - Turkey and Switzerland both been poor but also Portugal I expected a lot more from, given both the influx of talent and the calibre of manager. I know losing Cancelo and having to field Semedo is a massive downgrade, and he was at fault a lot today, but you can't put all the blame on him. Bruno Fernandes has done next to nothing so far [not quite so easy to score when you don't have PL refs to give you a penalty every other game is it?], and the attack in general looks poorly co-ordinated. Italy look the best so far but they've yet to play a fellow contender, so still all to play for going into the last week of the groups.
  3. thought part of the problem for me was that in the first 10 minutes or so Scotland rattled England a bit, and so didn't press as aggressively as they did in the Croatia game, with Phillips in particular sitting further back. Seemed to be England felt more pressure to not lose the game rather than to win it, and they gradually took fewer risks as the game went on. Problem I'd have with Henderson in that deep role is that he's not really that good at marking in midfield off the ball, whereas Rice or Philips are much better, though I do think tucking Foden into the midfield and using Sancho wide right could work and I'd enjoy seeing that tried.
  4. I mean that's the point isn't it, they're both slurs, and one being common parlance in certain countries doesn't stop it from being so.
  5. by the same logic you could say it's acceptable to refer to a Pakistani as 'p***', just because the words are similar
  6. Wednesday 16 June Group B: Finland 0-2 Russia (14:00, St Petersburg) Group A: Turkey 1-1 Wales (17:00, Baku) Group A: Italy 2-0 Switzerland (20:00, Rome) Thursday 17 June Group C: Ukraine 2-1 North Macedonia (14:00, Bucharest) * Group B: Denmark 0-2 Belgium (17:00, Copenhagen) Group C: Netherlands 2-1 Austria (20:00, Amsterdam) Friday 18 June Group E: Sweden 2-0 Slovakia (14:00, St Petersburg) Group D: Croatia 2-1 Czech Republic (17:00, Glasgow) Group D: England 2-0 Scotland (20:00, London) Saturday 19 June Group F: Hungary 0-2 France (14:00, Budapest) Group F: Portugal 2-1 Germany (17:00, Munich) Group E: Spain 2-0 Poland (20:00, Seville)
  7. bit unfair to him, the header was a presentable chance but both of Morata's were much easier.
  8. I mean they had a player on the bench who scored 30 goals for Villarreal last season, could have been a different story had he started ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  9. Scotland have never lost to Croatia so I wouldn't be worried about them if I were you :>
  10. http://www.eloratings.net/ you can click on any team on the list here and it'll give you a full list of all their historical results to date, that might be a good start
  11. having to play League 1-Liam over Tierney must have influenced Clarke here to be more cautious - can see it playing into Czechs hands though as I don't see a quick counterattacking threat in that Scottish XI
  12. McTominay's been used quite often as a centre back of late hasn't he? With the 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 being used to accommodate both Robertson and Tierney at LWB and LCB. I'd guess a midfield of McGregor and McGinn would be most likely.
  13. I mean I wasn't convinced by the selection either but they made me eat my words this afternoon, might not have been as noticeable as the work they did with the ball but they did a really good job of breaking up Croatian moves in the middle of the park and forcing them wide from where they offered little threat. They weren't flash by any means, just did what they were supposed to do in the system they were played in.
  14. Pleased with that, Eng just did what they needed to do and managed the game effectively in the last 15 mins, no need to go chasing a 2nd and getting unnecessary fatigue when Croatia were clearly gassed at that point. Was pleasantly surprised also by Phillips' contributions, I thought he got forward well and played plenty of smart passes. Steady as she goes.
  15. Been thinking about this for a bit and not sure that's necessarily true - even if you dodge 2nd place in group F in the Ro16 by finishing 2nd, your likely QF opponents are still going to be the winners of group F, so either way you're almost certainly having to play one of the tournament favourites in the early knockouts.
  16. What could be the idea is by having fullbacks on both sides that are used to coming inside and contributing to midfield is as a way to counter Croatia's strength in the middle. Obviously will have to see how it plays out but given that Brozović-Kovačić-Modrić is almost as good as any country's midfield, it doesn't sound a horrendous idea to try limit its influence by outnumbering them. Again would definitely prefer to have Bellingham in over one of Rice or Philipps.
  17. Worst thing for me about the line-up he's picked is starting both Rice and Phillips, really expected Southgate to know better as the times they've played together before it didn't play to either players' strengths. Hope we see Grealish in at some point too, that right side of Croatia's defence looks really ropey and someone like him running at them should cause all kinds of problems.
  18. Difference in the midfield was pretty telling, Jorginho was fantastic I thought and helped made sure there were almost no scraps for Turkey to feed on - have said before that Turkey thirve on playing on the counter but Italy were just too good at keeping the ball. At 1-0 down was clear too that Turkey didn't have a Plan B to try to chase the game, Wales and Switzerland should be licking their lips.
  19. Friday 11 June Group A: Turkey 1-2 Italy (20:00, Rome) Saturday 12 June Group A: Wales 1-1 Switzerland (14:00, Baku) Group B: Denmark 3-0 Finland (17:00, Copenhagen) Group B: Belgium 3-0 Russia (20:00, St Petersburg) * Sunday 13 June Group D: England 2-1 Croatia (14:00, London) Group C: Austria 2-1 North Macedonia (17:00, Bucharest) Group C: Netherlands 1-1 Ukraine (20:00, Amsterdam) Monday 14 June Group D: Scotland 1-1 Czech Republic (14:00, Glasgow) Group E: Poland 1-0 Slovakia (17:00, St Petersburg) Group E: Spain 1-1 Sweden (20:00, Seville) Tuesday 15 June Group F: Hungary 0-2 Portugal (17:00, Budapest) Group F: France 2-1 Germany (20:00, Munich)
  20. 5 more goals to tie Henry's record - I hope Deschamps gives him the opportunity to get there.
  21. Sorry to pick on you personally, but to me this highlights one of the more strange opinions people have about Southgate, as if he's never made a bold decision during his tenure. Between ending Rooney's international career [plenty of history of countries hanging on to grandees way past their best], dropping Walker and Alexander Arnold, handing debuts to several teenagers with little top-flight experience and using multiple different tactical styles, I'd say he's not been afraid to make a bold call if he feels he needs to. (Whether you agree with the decisions is another thing though!) It almost seems as if some people just project the image of Sven or Capello onto whoever's actually managing without looking at the details of what he's done - contrary to a few in the thread I don't think he'll be reluctant at all to use Grealish and I'd be surprised if he doesn't start at least a couple of the group stage games. (Based on both club and international form, sticking with Sterling would arguably be the bolder call.)
  22. well done @Yuko and once again cheers for organising Gunman, been fun trying out one of these for the first time
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