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  1. Is James Maddison pretty much done for England now?
  2. I remember David Seaman taking about penalties and saying he didn’t mind them as there’s no pressure in the goalkeeper so saving it makes you a hero while you’d have to make a big mistake to be criticised for letting one in.
  3. Yes I always go to Pizza Express for my running football commentary. Dream job.
  4. Shouldn’t Rob be banned for having 5 alias accounts?
  5. Don’t worry about it, he won’t be at your club when he gets called up.
  6. I would probably say ‘not yet’. If he goes on to win a major tournament or moves into an upstairs role at the FA and continues providing services to the sport then yeah, go for it. Not that I particularly agree with knighthoods anyway, but prefer if they go to sportsmen who have made a historic achievement like Cook, Strauss, Murray etc. Even then you could argue Hamilton should be ahead of Southgate.
  7. Going into the tournament I thought Grealish was our best outfield player but overall I think he’ll be disappointed with how little impact he had despite the limited game time. I also thought Foden was going to light up the tournament but again didn’t quite grasp his chance (could have all been different if his shot that hit the post had went in). The likes of Shaw, Sterling and Phillips all grasped their chance and nailed down their spot.
  8. Denmark were flagging at around the hour mark but we seemed determined to save subs for extra time and finish them off then rather than bring on some fresh legs during normal time to try amd wrap the game up. Obviously it worked, but it could have easily blown up in our faces.
  9. I still think his weaknesses regarding match day management remain and haven’t improved enough since the last World Cup so don’t have much hope of him learning enough in the next 18 months. During the last World Cup I always felt that we should reach the final but if we did, I expected we would probably lose to France unless there was an upset. The Euros were different as I thought we were at least on par with Italy if not slightly better due to having a stronger overall squad which makes the defeat all the more disappointing. I’ve said this before but I think Southgate has benefitted from following a long list of managers who have underachieved, so just meeting expectations is seen as an achievement. I know football isn’t that simple, but taking the managers out of the equation if you look at England’s record in the last World Cup and Euros they’ve won all of the games where they were favourites.
  10. I’ve never been to new Wembley but do three not have those big turnstiles in place or are they relaxed due to COVID? If you go to any other football ground it’s practically impossible to force your way in but the footage I’ve seen looks more like and open air festival.
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