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  1. Yeah, October isn't the best but late November/December is warm but less humid, evenings are not too bad. I believe the tournament is Nov/Dec Jan/Fed can be a bit chilly even
  2. I live in the Middle East and winter time in the region isn't too bad, especially in the evenings
  3. Rashford's penalty was one of those that are stupid if you fluff the contact. They seem popular these days but I'd much rather pick a corner and put it away. Harry Maguire can do it! The silly, short run ups, bah, just not a fan
  4. Just like Croatia in the semi finals, early goal and then revert to defending the edge of our box. It worked for a while cause they didn't have too much up front for 'balls into the box' for solid back line, although, Chiesa was a threat. I think we have a hard time when teams push right up to our defenders at goal kicks, maybe not having the faith to 'play out' The equaliser seemed inevitable. I thought we crept back into it in extra time, especially the 2nd half of it. I never have faith with us with pens, even though we got that monkey off our back I am never confident I think penalties are pressure enough but to bring guys on JUST for pens is even more pressure. I get wanting certain guys on but I remember we did this against Portugal in 2004/06 (?) and got Carragher on for a pen cause 'he was the best in training' and ... he missed I just don't think they were good pens either. Pickford deserved better. He saved two freaking pens, ffs but you can't miss three! He even saved THE penalty from the mega penalty god, Jorginho! It's sooooo annoying being in front on pens and then still losing, Maguire slammed that in to maintain advantage too but ... ho hum I don't know why Sterling didn't take a pen or Grealish even. Didn't Shaw take a pen against Villarreal in that shoot out recently? I'd have been happy to see him take one, almost anyone other than Saka, not sure why he took one. Enough with the 'giving the eyes' and short run ups with this stuff, ffs but someone is going to take them. We don't need to villainise players though. At least it's 'progress' from tournament to tournament, I think we have to look back at this as a success, for sure but it's just such a shame with the home advantage and the early goal and being in front on pens and the vital penalty save from Pickford but all that momentum just disappeared - it's a real shame
  5. Sunday 11th July *** Italy 1-2 England *** (come on!!) The goalscorers - Kane, Sterling, Chiesa The times of the goals - 36, 57, 80 How many penalties will be scored in total? 0 Will the match go to extra time? No Will the match go to penalties? No How many yellow cards in total? 4 How many red cards in total? 0 Time of the first goal scored? 27 Time of the last goal scored? 77 First team to score? England Last team to score? England
  6. The way he runs past someone and then somehow slinks in front to get his body around like he's made of liquid is crazy He definitely got a second wind near the end
  7. So happy to be in the final! It was tough but at least we answered the question of 'how will we react to going behind'. We deserved to win, had the chances too. I did think it was a penalty, not that he got scythed down but the state of pens these days then that's a pen, imo. I thought Kane was unlucky to not get one earlier, maybe he made contact with the defender first. Someone had a nibble at Sterling and seemed to get a nudge from the other side. Ref thought it was a pen there and then and VAR didn't say otherwise As the game went on we really dominated. That was one of the worst penalties Kane has ever taken, I think and forunate with the rebound, couldn't have fallen better! I will take some of that rub of the green, thanks! Semi Final and Final in last two tournaments, winning knockout games ... this is all good stuff and we have a relatively young team, we need to do this and to win this thing would be incredible, Italy are really really good but who knows, at home. I just want them to play near their level, be brave, don't be too fearful Come on!
  8. Not a clue We can do it but it won't be easy. Won't be easy for Italy either. Always want us to play well and then we'll give ourselves a shot Come on!
  9. Tuesday 6th June *** Italy 2-1 Spain *** Wednesday 7th June England 2-0 Denmark (come on!!!) How many penalties will be scored in total - 1 How many matches will go to extra time - 0 How many matches will go to penalties - 0 How many yellow cards in total - 4 How many red cards in total - 0 Time of the first goal scored across all matches - 22 minutes Time of the last goal scored - 78 minutes First team to score - Italy Last team to score - England
  10. Everything Southgate has done has worked pretty well, none of his changes had backfired, drop Kane/drop Sterling/pick this guy or that. Guys on yellow cards have not picked up bookings, he's touched by angels! That 3rd goal was pretty damn good tbh Back to back semi finals is pretty decent but I'd freaking love to get to the final, LOVE IT!
  11. You couldn't ask for a more comfortable quarter final performance, nice early goal, early goal again in the second half We haven't conceeded yet and been asked to react, I have no issue with never conceeding a goal ever again though! Walker still gives me frights, some ropey moments about halfway through the half last night too. Denmark in a semi final, I don't think they're better than us but they are probably quite happy to play us in a semi final and not France/Belgium/Italy, etc too If we play near our talent levels then we should win but that's not really how football works Come one! Let's do this!
  12. Friday 2nd July Switzerland 0-1 Spain Belgium 2-1 Italy Saturday 3rd July Czech Republic 0-1 Denmark *** Ukraine 0-2 England *** How many penalties will be scored in total - 2 How many matches will go to extra time - 1 How many matches will go to penalties - 0 How many yellow cards in total - 11 How many red cards in total - 0 Who will be the goalscorers for England - Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling
  13. I agree Some tactical flexibility with the players we had during the 'golden era' and things could have been a bit different, even if it meant going one more round One thing we can be sure of though is that people WILL be raging over something, there will always be something
  14. I don't even want to think about the next game and the next and get ahead of myself, I certainly hope the players are thinking that. We've seen 'lesser teams' frustrate and take their chances, none of the teams are walkovers but it'd be a lie to say that the draw got a bit better after some results Got to play the game in front of us Just happy to win a 'big' game against an important side and to feel like we deserved it too. it may not be vintage Germany but it's still Germany and player for player they have been worse and likely gone further in tournaments. I think it's valuable for 'belief' that we beat such teams and not freeze when we play them, to feel like we're a match for them, especially with a young squad that will likely face these teams again in future tournaments (hopefully) It feels nice to wake up after and England game and feel happy for a change!
  15. Beating Germany 'when it matters' will always be a big deal, we need to win these big matches for the belief I am not a lover of the slow build up, we seem so cautious but if the alternative is punting it forward and giving away the ball then I guess I'll take it The game seemed likely to turn on a moment, we have had these moments not go our way plenty, like that Mueller miss, sheesh but thought Shaw was very good and Grealish made a difference, it was actually being bold with the ball that created the chance though, driving forward a bit, pleased Kane got a goal as he was trying to get into the game more
  16. Round of 16 Saturday 26 June Wales 0-2 Denmark Italy 2-0 Austria Sunday 27 June Netherlands 2-0 Czech Republic Belgium 3-1 Portugal Monday 28 June Croatia 1-1 Spain (4-3 pens) France 2-0 Switzerland Tuesday 29 June England 2-1 Germany (come on!) *** Sweden 2-0 Ukraine *** How many penalties will be scored in total: 11 How many matches will go to extra time: 2 How many matches will go to penalties: 1
  17. Germany are not the Germany of old However, they ripped Portugal a new one and you know they'll be up for a big game. It's on us to be up for it too, be brave and carry the freaking ball and actually get forward with purpose. I think possession being important has been drummed into these players so much now they're terrified of anything other than a 5 yard pass in midfield and certainly not forward If we're determined to play like that then play 10 yards higher up the pitch and quicker, no need for everyone to have 2-3 touches
  18. Isn't it amazing that we kept 3 clean sheets yet I don't think any of us really have faith in the defence. As much as Stones has estbalished himself a bit more for City you always think something stupid is around the corner and Walker never feels me with confidence A win is a win, if it wasn't England and being critical, we'd all likely say things like 'efficient' and 'did what they needed to'. The difference is, in applying that to someone like Germany or Italy we all know that they can step it up when the time is right. I am still not sure that we can. Do we have the 'big game performance' in us. I guess we don't know until we know but going into whomever we play I don't think fans are feeling that Confidence and fearlessness are what is needed and even though Southgate seems to have worked hard on these players that they're a 'new group' and not like that old England team with the weight of expectation, I think it's easy for players to say it but not feel it. How many years (and years) did we hear the rhetoric from the 'golden age' and then, when everyone retires we hear how they don't get along and blah blah - I never pay attention to the words, just what is on the pitch and what I am seeing on the pitch is ... ok Hopefully, we step up in this next game and put in a performance but it'd be nice to go into a big match being assured we CAN step it up and capable of rising to the challenge instead of playing within ourselves Also, wtf with this draw, of all the groups to have the 'plays the 2nd place ...' we land next to that one, ffs - I look forward to Switzerland vs Luton Town or whatever the **** while we're lumbered with Germany/Portugal and no, I don't subscribe to the 'you have to beat the best to win it' - I prefer the skate by route. I believe you WILL need one 'big performance' to get into a semi/final but I'd rather it not be in the last 16 after just meh'ing our way out the group It's always more questions that answers with England in tournaments, isn't it?
  19. You'd think that some of the Scottish players have similar chats with Gilmour, surely?
  20. What a **** use of the nap from me! I did the scores and forgot it so went back and did it and I clearly didn't think about it at all
  21. I just noticed Wales will be playing the Group B runner up in the next round, what a freaking cushy draw that is and we're over here stuck with playing Germany/France/Portugal, etc if we manage to beat the Czechs - sheesh
  22. Sunday 20 June Group A: Italy 2-0 Wales Group A: Switzerland 1-0 Turkey Monday 21 June Group C: North Macedonia 0-2 Netherlands Group C: Ukraine 2-1 Austria ***** Group B: Russia 1-2 Denmark Group B: Finland 0-3 Belgium Tuesday 22 June Group D: Czech Republic 0-2 England Group D: Croatia 2-0 Scotland Wednesday 23 June Group E: Slovakia 0-2 Spain Group E: Sweden 1-1 Poland Group F: Germany 2-0 Hungary Group F: Portugal 1-2 France
  23. Wednesday 16 June Group B: Finland 0-1 Russia Group A: Turkey 2-1 Wales Group A: Italy 2-0 Switzerland Thursday 17 June Group C: Ukraine 2-1 North Macedonia Group B: Denmark 0-2 Belgium **** Group C: Netherlands 2-0 Austria **** Friday 18 June Group E: Sweden 1-0 Slovakia Group D: Croatia 2-1 Czech Republic Group D: England 3-1 Scotland Saturday 19 June Group F: Hungary 0-3 France Group F: Portugal 1-1 Germany Group E: Spain 2-0 Poland
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