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Everything posted by Rob1981

  1. Oh yeah, that’s right. About six months out I think. Might be back in time for a Nations League debut on that basis.
  2. Absolutely this. Whoever said earlier he was “nowhere near the squad” so Ghana could have him ffs. I mean are we seriously giving up on a 20 year old who played 30-odd games for Chelsea this year? Doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since he made his England debut and absolutely bossed the game in that qualifier.
  3. Probably see Eberechi Eze in the September squad given that he was in line for the EC warmup games before an injury. In September there are three games crammed into a week instead of two. Still catching up some of the fixtures delayed due to covid... so probably going to see 30-odd names. First home game back is against Andorra, sandwiched between tricky aways in Hungary and Poland. So probably some youngsters and fringe players coming in to take care of that one even though they will pack Wembley out based on it being some sort of “homecoming” for Kane and Sterling et al.
  4. Yeah, they binned off the Confederations Cup after 2017 because in 2021, 2025, 2029 etc. they were supposed to be having the new 24-team Club World Cup. Except the first one hasn't happened because of covid-19 and the big European clubs were never properly committed to it anyway. Not sure what's happening with it now. It was also supposed to be a warmup event for the forthcoming World Cup host... but the inaugural 2021 edition was never going to be in Qatar because of the hot weather in June-July. It was going to be in Japan instead.
  5. Glad this guy isn't my boss Should be asking himself why they have a culture where people don't feel they can ask for time off at short notice for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  6. Never rule it out. Once of my favourite memories of the Russia World Cup was him randomly tearing forward in the third place playoff. Carrying the ball into Belgium's box like Sol Campbell at France 98.
  7. Rumbled. Playing the long con juggling different accounts for 20 years. All so I can trumpet Gareth Southgate’s management at a future World Cup and make it look like a few other people agree with me. Just a shame I decativated HarryNotRoy2012 and RecallForOwen07.
  8. I make it 15 according to the last calendar I saw: Sept 21 - WCQ (3) Oct 21 - WCQ (2) Nov 21 - WCQ (2) Mar 22 - WC playoffs or friendlies (2) Jun 22 - Nations League (4) Sept 22 - Nations League (2) Release of players for the WC in mid-November so there is no October international break. Also no time for any warmup friendlies pre-tournament either I don’t think, just straight from the domestic calendar one weekend to the start of the World Cup the next. Crazy really. Although we might have another couple of random friendlies in January. They have missed so many qualifiers due to covid in South America and Asia etc. that FIFA have signed off an emergency international window to catch up. Currently no UEFA games gone in but there is a weekend carved out with no PL games.
  9. I mean this is the thing, fine margins etc. You can moan about Southgate's negativity and late subs but it's been clear all tournament that he doesn't trust Grealish defensively. So you switch Mount for Grealish on 70 minutes to give you a better option going forward... but if we then lose 3-1 in normal time it looks like the wrong call. Same with the penalties. Bringing Sancho and Rashford on for a spot kick when they haven't been involved in the game looks like an idiot's move once they've missed. But if players like Stones and Phillips had missed people are screaming that he's left attacking players on the bench for a shootout when we can make six subs. Still would have liked to have seen Henderson in from the start, having that experience in midfield on 30-35 minutes when the possession started to get away from us... might have made a difference. Phillips and Rice both leave with their reputations massively enhanced but we have basically bettered our typical tournament performances with the least experienced midfield we've had in years. If one of these gets a move to a Champions League club and Bellingham kicks on we really should be going to Qatar looking even stronger.
  10. Nah, come on. Southgate is a joke manager even though he was a couple of missed penalties away from a knighthood. And Mancini is a genius for the ages even though Italy only won one knockout game out of four in ninety minutes. That’s how it works, right?
  11. Can't argue with this. I mean look how badly England have done before now, even when they've had a crop of brilliant players.
  12. The videos doing the rounds on the socials were from an outer perimeter, not the entrance to the stadium proper. Miles away from where you access the seats. I mean it’s clearly not good that people were breaking through but there would have been another 1-2 checks after that point.
  13. I mean seriously. We were two kicks away from winning the tournament against a team that are unbeaten in two years or something. Yes he is defensive minded, but a Sven or a Steve McClaren would have shoehorned Grealish and Foden and Mount and Rashford and Sancho into the same starting eleven. Not played with any balance in the side and not gone with Phillips or Rice or an extra defender for fear of leaving out a big name and being criticised by the media. I know which I prefer and I know which would have been nailed on for another R16 exit. Southgate could have been a bit braver last night, switched things around quicker or chosen different penalty takers. The rest of the tournament he has been absolutely spot on.
  14. It was 1-1 after 70 minutes and any aggressive forward play from England was a distant memory because by that point we had already been defending for so long. At half time we were 1-0 up. Yes we had the lead but we were already starting to pack our own box and invite wave after wave of Italy pressure. Would much rather have had it still 0-0 at half time with the game swinging back and forth and England with another gear to go up in the last 20 minutes. I know it sounds ridiculous but in these tight games being 0-0 at half time is a better score for us than a 1-0 lead. Score early against a side like Ukraine and you’ve got enough to go and kill them off with a second goal. Against an Italy or a Germany your game plan goes out the window and you end up digging in all game and protecting what you’ve got. Look at England’s record when we score early in these big games and it is disastrous. Germany 96, Argentina 98, Portugal 2000, Brazil 2002, France 2004, Portugal 2004, USA 2010, Iceland 2016, Croatia 2018, Italy 2020. There can’t be another team that has thrown away so many big tournament matches from winning positions.
  15. It’s not about tearing at them all game whilever it’s level, it’s about keeping it at 0-0 and then putting yourself in a position to win in the last 20-25 minutes. Played the Germany game like this and it worked to perfection. When you spend an hour sitting on a 1-0 lead it’s really really hard to then get any forward momentum back once you concede the equaliser.
  16. England got to raise themselves now for a home game against, er, Andorra. At least we can look forward to another pointless argument about pre-qualifying. It’s not all doom and gloom.
  17. It wasn’t the type of game where you expected him to be pushed up firing in loads of shots. But in the earlier games he was dropped back in midfield and spraying passes around and setting the runners off down the flanks. Didn’t see much of that either. Wouldn't single him out though, looked like one game too far for a few of them once we were ceding possession over and over. You do wonder what might have happened if we hadn’t scored early and if it could have played out more like the Germany game where we weren’t protecting a lead and inviting them on to us quite so much.
  18. I mean they played far far better than us and still only drew and didn’t give Pickford much to do all game. I would have had no issue losing 3-0 to the better team. But they were there for the taking.
  19. Showed them way too much respect in the middle part of the match. It felt like they played one of the games of their lives to get a 1-1 draw and we just never found the extra gear that we had showed in the other knockout games. Southgate maybe too cautious getting Sancho and Grealish on, but the likes of Sterling and Kane and Saka didn’t turn up. Wonder how much difference the extra day’s rest made in the end.
  20. I mean once more BG and hopefully it sinks in. Some of us have waited 25 years for tonight. Basically would like to talk about the football match and not the politics. You don’t need to barge in yet again with your tweets and your memes, trying to score some kind of victory over the Tories which basically only exists in your own head. It’s weird that you can spend half your life on here and yet still misjudge the mood so spectacularly.
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