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  1. Oh come on. Just because this squad - player for player - aren't as good as previous World Cup squads, doesn't mean they were better teams. That 2010 had Upson & Heskey starting FFS, and Capello somehow managed to fit in Stephen Warnock and Shaun Wright-Phillips. Sure this 2018 side exceeded expectations. As much I love Lingard, he would get nowhere near the 2002 or 2006 squad, and he's a key player. But just take a look at the 2006 run. They barely scraped it against Paraguay and Trinidad, drew against Sweden, only 1-0 against Ecuador, and a quarter-final loss to Portugal. This 2018 team battered Panama and were unlucky to not score more against Tunisia. Kept composure vs Colombia in the shootout, cruised against giant-killing Sweden, and generally on top against Croatia in the first half at least. Not gonna count the two dead rubbers vs Belgium. I wouldn't expect squads of 2006/10/14 to have the mentality of having a run to the semis like this. Southgate isn't perfect, and there's a bunch of things to criticize him for this World Cup. We all know he could've done better, but history suggests that managers of higher caliber and experience have done awfully worse. Credit where credit is due, he got an underwhelming star-deprived England his predecessors couldn't do with better tools at his disposal. Capello, Eriksson, and Hodgson would've chosen Hart to start, Cahill-Smalling in defense, Wilshere in midfield, and possible still have Rooney somewhere in the squad. McClaren wouldn't even get this World Cup.
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    Best players of the World Cup

    Stones/Maguire and Kane/Lukaku were pure coinflips. There weren't many standout leftbacks this tournament, so I gone for Vertonghen who played there for 2.5 games. Not exactly impressed by Lucas Hernandez either, so I didn't put him in. Feel bad that I couldn't fit in Cheryshev or Ronaldo, but Hazard outperforms them this tournament despite scoring less. I really want France to win so all the Pogba doubters could finally shut the eff up. Modric to win the Golden Ball regardless if Croatia wins the World Cup or not. Mbappe to win the Young player award, unless I'm missing someone glaringly obvious. You could also make a case for either Pickford/Courtois/Lloris/Ochoa for the best keeper, and I won't begrudge you. It's just that Subasic has been absolute key in winning 2 shootouts and keeping England at bay in the semis.
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    What's your favourite part of a World Cup?

    The Japan vs Senegal match is like a storyline from a comic book, and was an amazing game to watch. The clash of two footballing styles from different footballing cultures meeting each other in a group game, it was exactly as advertised. Sure you got the Portugal vs Spain and France vs Argentina match as probably the best matches in this competition, but this one for me was just as good. It really showed that Asian teams are technically capable and African teams are more than just their physicality. It was just a great match all-around. There was also only one match that did not produce a single goal in 90 mins/120 mins (Denmark vs France - thank God I chose to watch the Australia vs Peru match instead). Every single neutral were being well-fed for goals all summer. Drama, upsets galore, bangers, own goals, VAR implementation, you name it. Granted I've only started watching from 2002 but this is the best World Cup in my lifetime. Proceeding World Cups have a lot to do to top this one.
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    The hot girls and guys thread!

    I don't know how reliable this is because Mexico didn't even reach the quarters.
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    The hot girls and guys thread!

    Maybe that's where the "diversity boss" comes in. You never know what girls (or guys - not judgin) out there who enjoys the view of fat old bald men.
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    The hot girls and guys thread!

    In a thread like this, no one should blame you.
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    It came home. Hope, hope came home

    Southgate is definitely going to change the formation for Euro 2020*. The team relied on too many oval pegs in round holes in that 3-3-2-2. Henderson didn't play as well as he used to, which resulted in England playing poorly in the second half.
  8. Deschamps can't seem to have a different tactic to "hoof it up to Oli". With all the players France has, he builds the team around Giroud. It could be worse, at least they're in a World Cup final.
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    Overated players

    Alli is a bit more clinical isn't he? That's my only reasoning to why I think their roles should be swapped as they would link-up in similar places anyway. Just starting positions and slightly differing responsibilities could be massive imo.
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    Overated players

    Yea, what I meant by "pressing the defence" is defending from the front. Isn't it what it means? Also not being funny but English isn't exactly my first language Basically with Sterling, Alli, and Henderson, you have players that understands the press under coaches like Pep, Poch, and Klopp, respectively. Add Lingard to that, who will work tirelessly, and knows a thing or two on my definition of "defending from the front" from Mourinho, you have players that are essentially irreplaceable in Southgate's system. When I saw RLC and Delph play against Belgium in the dead rubber game in the exact same system, both players most of time were almost always by Dier's side instead of roaming forward and making the cute triangles Alli, Lingard, & Sterling usually does. Maybe it was microtactic management by Southgate, idk, as every ball England got that day were always punted long in the hope of either Rashford or Vardy to catch it. It's insane how different the chance creation once Sterling and Lingard were rested. Alli was really good in the first half vs Tunisia before he got injured and forced his way to play. and thankfully for England that Alli wasn't really needed against Panama. He wasn't that good against Colombia or the first half vs Sweden, but picked it up a bit the second half of the quarters, even earned a goal. These inconsistent outputs from Dele makes him look both overrated and underrated at the same if it makes any sense. I just wonder what will happen if Sterling and Dele swapped places.
  11. MoTM was Varane for me. What an absolute defender he has become. Constantly just heading out all the crosses out of his box where Fellaini and Lukaku was lurking all night. I can't believe Matuidi in a 4-3-3 asymmetrical is working for Deschamps. While it is working, is Deschamps not able to play France in where Giroud isn't the key element? It's like Deschamps can only make France play well if it revolved around Giroud. I mean it sure isn't the worst plan, but it's wasting the talent on the bench. Also, why was Chadli on corners? Surely someone like Hazard or De Bruyne would've been better suited because holy hell was his corners bad. All the potential aerial targets wasted. France never looked like they were incredible all tournament but is in another tournament final. In honesty, the didn't need to be incredible, just needed what's required to win. Since this isn't the "It's coming home" thread, I can defo say this is France's cup to lose now whoever their opponent in the final is.
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    Overated players

    On one hand yea Ox would fill that role exactly to what Southgate would want in that role. Not bad having a player like Alli is a back though. On the other, Alli's ability to defend from the front due to being a Poch player is crucial and has decent link-up play as well, but just hasn't been sharp yet. People will highlight that bad pass attempt to Kane in the first half vs Sweden, but won't take the fact that the opportunity happened because he pressed Krafth (?) and got the ball off of him in the first place. Alli has been the most underwhelming of the England starters and still has a goal. If anything, it shows how well all the other 10 players have performed this World Cup.
  13. I think Belgium will revert back to the wing-back formation, Chadli on the right and Carrasco on the left. Martinez would've not changed formations if it weren't for Meunier's suspension. Mertens to come back in on the right for Fellaini and Lukaku back in the middle. But there's also the chance of Fellaini keeping his place by playing with Witsel pivoting De Bruyne as a #10 behind Hazard and Lukaku. This game has the chance of becoming a classic match. Can't wait personally.
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    It came home. Hope, hope came home

    I find myself singing Three Lions in the shower now, and I'm not even English. Granted, I've been supporting them ever since my I started watching football and my own country never will qualify for tournaments, I still feel weird about it.
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    Overated players

    If Sterling scored in the last match, he would be MotM and we wouldn't be debating this at all. The roles of Lingard, Alli and Sterling were definitely missed when England B played Belgium B. While personnel didn't differ much from the back 5, the midfield and attack were really stagnant compared to the Tunisia & Panama matches. I'm not sure if this is the right topic at all to discuss this but the Dier I'm used to seeing at Spurs is what Henderson does for England, yet Dier didn't do that well that match. The only reason I can think of as to why is because Delph and RLC don't fluently interchange their positions like Lingard and Alli does. Both Rashford and Vardy were trying to do the Kane role and none of the Sterling link-up play, which stagnated attacks a lot. With the reputation Lingard has, I think he's underrated. And considering all the flak Alli is getting, he's somewhere between overrated (because he hasn't been consistent compared to the other England starters) or underrated (RLC & Delph don't offer the same things).