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The Amazing Dale Watkins

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  1. Good effort. I wouldn't put Ted Lasso in there because most people would probably want to play as him and having another one in the game is weird. The club could use a bit more history - except for the league positions there's nothing there. Dani Rojas doesn't have a work permit at the start of the game. I would also make Jamie Tartt and Roy Kent hate each other. A corresponding facepack would be useful.
  2. If any team is struggling with penalties they just need to call up more Mainz 05 players. We haven't missed a penalty in over 8 years, converting 30+ penalties in a row in the Bundesliga
  3. The utter idiocy of nob heads broadcasting committing a crime never ceases to amaze me
  4. I concede the point that nobody on this forum has more insight into the state of the team than the manager and his staff.
  5. Not to belabour the point too much, but that's known to the manager as well, which makes it all the more surprising that he would still turn to someone who's never been under even a remotely similar amount of pressure to take the decisive pen when there are seasoned professionals available who've at least taken penalties at the club level.
  6. Don't beat yourself up over it. No self-flagellation necessary. England fans have always enjoyed a bit of a reputation, but most people understand that it's the work of a small minority who f it all up for everybody else, and it's not all that different in other countries.
  7. As the organizers they get to make all the rules while leaving enforcement to others. It's a pretty nice gig if you can get it.
  8. B/R has a rather dramatic graphic for it. Looks like those were taken in a photo booth of a grimy jock bar at two in the morning.
  9. Yeah. I'm not arguing Ronaldo should be included, but it's UEFA and he was the official top scorer, so I 100% expected him to be in there, because that's how they always choose.
  10. UEFA snubbing Ronaldo for Lukaku is a very odd decision for them. That's like picking Benzema.
  11. It's laughable for you or me to think we'd know better than Southgate anyways. In hindsight, he may have picked a different lineup, but he's the one who's been there with the players the entire time, and he's the one who's actually been in that situation as a player himself.
  12. Well, depends what you mean by best takers. Saka, Sancho and Rashford were among the best in training, but in a situation like that it's the mental fortitude that matters. Clearly, putting Saka in that position was a mistake. You end up wasting your best taker sometimes if you put them last and the game is already decided by then (as has happened to Ronaldo), but if you really need someone to rely on during clutch time, you don't pick the 19-year old who's never been in a situation like that. Putting the captain in 5th is a solid strategy, even if it sometimes backfires.
  13. Agreed. ffs, you guys were one penalty shootout win away from knighting and putting him on a bill.
  14. Or Kane... I'm no hater and I think he's one of the best in the game, but I don't think he was consistent enough for one of the coveted striker spots. Also, his two standout performances came against the Ukraine and Denmark, not against elite opposition.
  15. Yes, Jorginho foul definitely one of those that look far worse in the replay, but you could still tell that it was inadvertent. There are for sure refs who would give a red for that and the VAR wouldn't have been out of line to ask him to take another look. That being said, for this game it was the right call I think, based on how he had handled the game up to that point.
  16. The even better post was the follow-up where he claimed that it was still a conspiracy because the red card for France strengthened their resolve or something like that But clearly, at that point he was merely trolling
  17. The comments on that petition are a fun read. You can tell the majority of the people hadn't ever watched a football match before. I like this one from Karen:
  18. The "official" UEFA team of the tournament: Here are some others from the various self-appointed experts of all kinds of reputable and lesser outlets ready for the inevitable ridicule and outrage. Goal.com's Mark Doyle put on his Azurri-colored glasses: CBS Sports features Toni Kroos The Score shoehorning their favorites into a rather unrealistic formation: Germany's Kicker magazine features a pretty offensive lineup: Spain's as decided to put Schick as an attacking midfielder so they can have both him and Ronaldo: Football Joe featuring not one, but two Czechs: https://twitter.com/FootballJOE/status/1414553196102553603?s=20 I'm too lazy to make any more formations. Why can't these outlets do their own graphic?
  19. I'm gladly eating my own words. Player of the tournament for me. What a gladiator.
  20. tbf the two groups of five with 8 teams advancing is a ridiculous format, too.
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