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  1. Exactly. I said my definition above: would get into a world squad of 24 or so. That would mean he'd have to be in the top 4/5 midfielders. He was probably very close, and as I said maybe if he'd actually been played in position more we would have seen more of the best of him so I would put him there. As it was, no.
  2. We all have our opinions. The old classics about what fellow professional Zidane once said about him in an interview and Neville once seeing Scholes hit a crossbar on purpose (or something like that) often get trotted out. They mean nothing. And I agree, Scholes was better than Gerrard and Lampard, and the 00s team should've had Scholes as its creative core. Maybe we would have seen more of what he could do that way.
  3. Are you referring to the sink or the story? Because the sink looks ridiculous.
  4. Here "history" means since the war (God, I just mentioned it!): Germany have a history of long term investment, doing things right and organisations driven by practitioners. The UK has a history of short termism, "value" oriented approach with organisations driven by bean counters. Guess who has the healthy, diverse product driven economy. And the winning football team.
  5. Some fair points but it's not really very constructive.
  6. I kind of agree with this. The first half against Slovakia was approaching competent. The trouble was it was against Slovakia.
  7. Scholes was our best midfielder during his time, but he wasn't world class. As I said, I have a tighter definition than most.
  8. As I'm sure we all agree "world class" is bandied about way too much. To me, it's a player who can get in a "world squad" of 24. Only "world class" player we have had in 18 years is Ashley Cole, imo. Before that we had more, and that's why we did better in tournaments then.
  9. Wilshere is the one player who does move and demand the ball - normally. Not last night though.
  10. The trouble is that if it's the players that are tactically weak, how ingrained is that from playing in a tactically brain-dead league?More of our players need to play in Italy, Germany or Spain.
  11. Agree. Particularly as the defences are typically clown college. It's not hard to create chances when the game is played at such a high pace with disorganised and stretched defences.It'd probably take us about five games to score against Italy.
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