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  1. I'm pro monarchy and said no . I think the idea of knighthoods seem a bit out of date now - it's one of the things i'd scrap altogher to be honest. Not that i'll be able to scrap them I guess
  2. Southgate reminds me of an NFL coach - very methodical and organised and very often risk averse. I thought Italy were there for the taking in the 1st half - they could barely string two passes together. He needs to learn how to kill good teams off I think. I think when Italy came out for the 2nd half they were much improved and controlled things. I think you're right when you say Mancini made good tactical choices.
  3. My heart says England, but my head says Italy. I think both teams will probably score, but I just think Italy are the bigger threat in front of goal. I think that will pay off in the end. But I think it'll be a great game regardless of who wins. Both teams are deserving champions.
  4. Two ex Darlington keepers playing tonight - the first time that's ever happened in an international like this . Both made their debuts for the Quakers too.
  5. Wasn't there someone who had a season ticket for a football club a lot of years ago who ended up living at the stadium because the ST entitled him to do that? Can't remember much more than that of the story, but i'm sure it happened. As for tonight's game I can't see past Italy - Spain seem to score goals without their strikers looking particularly convincing. I think 2 - 0 Italy.
  6. I've only seen highlights of Italy in the tournament so far but from what i've seen they look good, whereas I think Spain have gone one step too far. So I think it'll be an Italy win. Home advantage could be huge for England I think, but equally Denmark have really impressed me. I think this one will be close, but I can see England winning in extra time due to the depth of the squad.
  7. I think all the games here could be quite close. England on paper have the easiest game. But if the Ukraine sit back will England become more adventurous, or play as they have done and take minimal risk? I'll go for: Spain to beat Switzerland. Switzerland look good though and I think they have 2 great strikers. I think they'll almost certainly score against the Spanish, but you'd expect Spain to have a bit too much know how. 2-1. Belgium to beat Italy. It's anyone's guess here, but I think the Belgians will sneak a win. 2-1. Denmark to beat Czech Rep. Of all the teams i've seen Denmark have probably impressed me the most. Not necessarily the best team, but the most surprising team in a positive way. They've got a great team spirit and seem capable of scoring goals. 2-0 England to beat Ukraine. You'd expect England to score over the 90 mins and I can't see the Ukraine offering too much up front. But I think it could be closer than people expect. 1-0
  8. England played very well and didn't really do anything wrong. I agree with you on the slow build up too. I think the big problem will be if England play against a team who just sit back and don't look to attack. I think England's game is largely based around playing it safe and being strong defensively. It'll be interesting to see what happens if/when they play Denmark. For me they are the big danger. But they have a tricky game vs the Czech's.
  9. I can't really see many shocks happening in this round. 1. Denmark (I think this is the most unpredictable game for me) 2. Italy 3. Netherlands 4. Belgium 5. Spain 6. France 7. England (I think home advantage will be key here) 8. Sweden
  10. Right now i'm not totally convinced by any of England's front three. Foden is doing ok, but I think both Kane and Sterling are not really offering much at the moment. It's a bit surprising as they're both good players, but I think they're playing well within themselves right now. I'd like to see Southgate make a few changes to the team and add a bit of creativity. One player i've not really seen much of in the PL is Declan Rice, but watching him play for England i've no idea what the fuss is about - he looks bang average to me. I'll probably be missing something, but i've no idea what at the moment. I think England need a creative player to operate in the centre of midfield. Someone who can pass the ball a bit and get forward to support the attack. Grealish is probably best suited to the role i'm thinking of. But with a few changes I think England can get back on track.
  11. It's a really crafty way of advertising because if you have a can of coke near Cristiano Ronaldo for example, he's effectively promoting it, as the advertising is suggesting that it's there as he will drink it. So that could influence people to buy coca cola. I remember years ago companies like Coke were banned from plugging their products in films and TV shows as there was no need for their products to be shown as part of a story. They'll do anything to plug their products really.
  12. I'm English and am predicting a 2-1 win. I think it'll be quite close to be honest as it's a Derby and most of the players will be quite familiar with each other. I watched Scotland the other day and thought they looked alright. They just lack a couple of strikers really. My concern about England is the football they play. I think Southgate is largely safety first and it's a bit negative at times. I think he sets up teams to do just what they have to do. Which is probably fine in a tournament. But i'd like to see a bit more of an attacking threat tonight. Whatever happens I hope both teams can progress in the tournament.
  13. I think some of the bigger teams in Europe will be keeping tabs on Miranchuk of Russia, after his goal/performance yesterday.
  14. I think it's been ok so far - I haven't seen all of the games but what I have seen has been decent. I thought England were ok - but a bit negative at times. It was very much a performance about getting the win, and they got that. But they'll have to step up a bit as the tournament progresses. I didn't know what to make of Portugal yesterday. At times I thought they were great, other times they were awful. There was far too much cross field passing for me. But when they made the substitutions they looked a much better team. I thought Renato Sanches was great in the few minutes he played as he added a lot more drive to their team. Everyone else that i've seen has been much of a muchness. It'll come down to the star players like Mbappe, Ronaldo etc to make the difference in the later stages of the Euros. Before the tournament started I thought the last 4 would be England, France, Belgium and a surprise team. so I went for Russia, and I think they'll all be thereabouts at the end. One team I would like to mention though are Hungary. I know they are a bit limited. But I thought their work ethic and attitude was brilliant yesterday, so they can take credit for that, even if they did fall to defeat.
  15. I think Scotland will win this afternoon. I know they struggled to qualify, but it's a fresh start for them and I think home advantage will swing it in their favour.
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