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  1. Ultimately, he went and reviewed it. He gave himself the best opportunity possible to review it and then decided, that's kind of the point of VAR, isn't it? Some people may still not be happy with it but the ref went and viewed it again before he decided.
  2. Is it ever actually deliberate? I thought this whole notion of deliberate and intent is long gone, is someone slips in the box and brings a guy down then intent is removed and it's still a foul? Handball I have always gone with the 'ball to hand' and 'hand to ball' thing. I tend to take into account how far the ball has come too. He kind of moved his hand a bit towards the ball, I know he didn't have a lot of time to react but my instinct was handball when I saw the replay. Either way, I don't think it's as scandalous as it's been made out. I am sure if it was reversed and plucky Croatia had got the handball then this examining of micro movements maybe wouldn't be happening. I think if it was England and we didn't get that pen I'd be fuming and if it was against us I think deep down I'd feel that 'he didn't have time to react' would be me making excuses for it
  3. I think it gets skewed if your own country does well, tbh, most of the tournaments these days are instantly forgotten once they are over, this will likely be no different. I liked it fine whilst it was going on, there was drama and stuff but wasn't amazing
  4. I hope RLC gets a decent run out for Chelsea, he actually carried the ball for us, seems like a lost art! It's great getting to a semi but the work is really beginning, we still have some of our old issues. Lack of movement from front players wasn't inspiring, this is another example of lack of responsibility on the ball, it's easier to hide than show for the ball or run off the ball. Too many times someone has the ball in the final third and there's just no options and no movement. This has been part of the reason for our 'knock it back and across and maybe back to keeper', no one wants it, no one will take it forward. For heavens sake, someone in the final third try to go past their man too!
  5. Only 1 of those defeats matter. We did have decent side out yesterday though.
  6. I know they had chances later on but we had glimpses, Stones header is a killer, so close. There was that ball tee'd up for Lingard that was deflected for a corner too. Sterling caused problems in the first half. They did not look good in the first half, they have more experienced players but it doesn't take much experience to know to react when a ball is being contested 5 yards from you. It's in the details and the moments, they have the experience and the 'big game' players and we shrank a fair bit in the 2nd half. We needed guys to be on the ball, it's some of our same failings, being comfortable with the ball at our feet. The whole 'knocking it about the back' is a start but you can tell this is not a natural thing for these players. It's just a damn shame we didn't kick on from that 1st half, we were in reasonable control of the game at that point so it definitely feels like we threw it away just a little a bit and didn't help ourselves, we caused a lot of our own problems again
  7. They bottled it tbh. It's easy to hide, to not show for the ball, no one available the keeper has to kick it long. Into the 2nd half no one wanted responsibilty on the ball, keeper kicking it long removes that responsibility and contest the ball higher up, obviously, big chance you lose possession too. We totally went against how we'd been trying to play and that was disappointing. I think that was also nerves taking over but Southgate should have sorting that out from the sidelines. I think after the 1st half we were totally in the driving seat but it was always about how they dealt with the 2nd half and I think it was too much anxiety, we need to get over that, we have to be more comfortable on the ball and more confident.
  8. Disappointing. I'd have taken a semi final before the tournament all day freaking long. To get there and play Croatia and lose out though. To get there and be 1-0 up at half time and doing fine as well. I am sure Croatia prefered to play us than Spain or Germany too, it's just how it is. It went sideways in the 2nd half, 1st half we were in control, maybe could have nicked another goal. In the 2nd half there was a lot more nerves and tension. No one wanted to come get the ball from the keeper anymore, he's knocking it long, giving the ball back. No idea why they stopped that, stupid. We're doing this 'build from the back' but the players aren't 100% comfortable with it, it's like they're trying it on. All the opposition need to do is move up on them and they panic a bit. Someone like Spain can play out like that, play around the forwards that pushed up. We constantly went back again cause we know about keeping the ball but don't quite have it ingrained in us to play out in that way. Then, we stopped doing it entirely! I kind of forgot Stones had that chance from the header that was cleared off the line too. Walker is not a centre back, we need to do something about that cause Trippier seems to have nailed down that right side. Stones totally switched off for their winning goal. I mean, the ball loops up and is going to be contested around the box, how are you not anticipating that could drop near you? This is where tiredness comes in too, not physical but mental, he switched off for that second. Considering our showing in recent tournaments, a semi final appearance represents a huge improvement. I don't care who we played, the draw opens up sometimes. If 'big teams' aren't good enough to top their group then so be it. The players should take heart from this that you don't need to be a team of world beaters to compete later in a tournament, you can get there without being a 'golden generation' or a team of Madrid players. We knew going in we lacked the creative spark, a role that is outsoured across the Premier League, banging the same drum about the league for 20 years, about imports, about chances for English players. There's no chance to grow, you need to be a fully formed amazing player to compete with the 'world's best' in such roles, it's unlikely to change anytime soon. We do have quick players though but I am not sure we saw enough going forward from Lingard or Alli, for instance. There were glimpses when they had the ball in the final 1/3 but not sure we really got stuck into them or chased them enough when they were leading or when we were level. At least some 'hope' has returned, hopefully we can build on it but it's really so disappointing that this feels like a lost opportunity against a team that isn't the super super top tier (neither are we) to get to a World Cup Final. Oh well ... we go again
  9. The game really started off at full pelt, thought it'd be a corker but kind of slowed down a bit, maybe when everyone realised 'damn, this is the semi, a lot at stake here'
  10. I have to optimistically select England although it won't be easy. Croatia are good on the ball, I do think they can alternate between being a bit flaky and being amazing though. We'll need top level concentration. I do worry if we go 1-0 down and have to chase a game, not sure how that'd go. Always worry a little about the defence doing something silly, despite our clean sheet. I would freaking LOVE to get to the World Cup Final! Come one, England!!
  11. I am more of the mind that if I do something and we won then I kind of should recreate that as closely as possible
  12. I mean on paper. We look at the likes of France, Belgium or Brazil and think of them as amazing all the way through. We criticise our 'golden generation' but damn, that was a freaking good team. A bit more tactical flexibility and players that weren't arses who knows! Paul Scholes was on beIN the other day adding another voice to the others that talked about how they were all feckers during the time we had that team. The cliques, club atmospheres, not really getting on or mixing much and generally not enjoying it. Capello being a dictator and not popular, Sven not wanting to do anything about that within the team. Amazing how great everything was back then but now it starts creeping out. This is why I never believe the 'we're such a great group, best ever' in any team, just show me, don't tell me cause we never know what is going on
  13. Brazil beating us in 2002 was by far their best result, the rest of their run was lucking past a so-so Belgium before they played us and Turkey in the semi finals. They had freaking North Korea, Turkey and China in their group. Sometimes '1 big result' is enough to get to a final.
  14. Whatever happens in the semi or final I think the team and players should take a look at what has happened and realise that you don't need to be a team of megastars to go deep into a tournament, you need to play well, with confidence and have a bit of luck (although I think people in the media are underselling our players a bit, like they're a collection of work experience kids!) France are amazing and so are Belgium but they are not without weaknesses and neither are Brazil. We don't need to go into tournaments fearing everyone, we see teams like Costa Rica (and even Wales ) go into tournaments and get further than they maybe thought, Iran fought for their lives, Morocco were out and gave Spain a game when Spain needed something. Teams just doing their best, sneaking out of groups or getting results. It's not just Greece did it or Denmark or even Portugal in the Euros ... it's not just going all the way and winning but the teams that get further than they thought by even being organised or having a few good things go their way and using the talents they do have as well as they can. I don't think maybe thought Sweden would make a semi or not beat Mexico 3-0, they have Championship players throughout, striker plays here in Al Ain, ffs, that's all fine, it's no barrier to getting out of a group or winning a knockout game. All I ever wanted from our players is to not be scared cause I always think if we play near to how well we can then the results will follow. You don't need to be THE BEST so I hope we learn from this going into the next tournament and the next
  15. There's nothing to defend. If a team can't finish top of their group then they'll end up in a different part of the draw, won't they. That's how the draw works. Neither Colombia or Sweden are 'crap' and no one is waltzing anyone in the semi finals but if thinking like this enables you to be super angry if we lose then go ahead, champ!
  16. Croatia beat the mighty Denmark and Russia, Belgium were in our group and Brazil aside, needed a late goal to beat Japan. You beat who you beat. We have this thing in England where fans who think by being miserable they aren't 'getting caught up in it' say (this one is a good one) "we lost to the first decent team we played" - probably seen it in last tournaments and before this tournament. Thing is, the 'first decent team' becomes whoever beats us Guarantee if we lost to Colombia everyone would have said we lost to the first decent team we played but getting past Colombia? Nah, no one will give any credit for that. If we'd lost to Sweden they'd have suddenly become that 'first decent team' cause of how efficient they are, took Germany to the end, hammered that really good (lolz ... sshhhh, they weren't all that really, were they) Mexico side, so, they'd be that decent side ... beat them comfortably ... nah, still not beat a 'decent team'. That's pretty much how it goes. If we lose to Croatia they'll suddenly be the 1st decent team and so on. We're in a semi, ffs, beating anyone to get to this point is a good thing, if the 'better' teams did better in their groups then the draw wouldn't look like this, would it!
  17. Semi Finals France 1-2 Belgium England 2-1 Croatia (come one, England!!!)
  18. Neymar is a disgrace, how can ever expect to get any sympathy for anything he does? He's just horrible
  19. That was pretty comfortable although Pickford needed to be there a couple of times. I was a lot more relaxed for this than Colombia I think cause deep down I didn't think Sweden were much of a threat (OMG, typical English innit!!), I was more concerned about their defence and us breaking a team down. Croatia coming off 2 penalty shoot outs and long games, let's just approach this next game the right way. I thought Sterling was good, unfortunate a couple of times. That one where the keeper stopped him rounding him (well done, keeper btw), I do think Kane didn't give him a great option but Kane maybe was expecting that pass right away. There was another near the end where Sterling and Delph both left it for each other, I got a 'ffs' vibe from Sterling there but he's been fine, important player, he can get the ball up the pitch very quickly, despite his goals last season I don't think of him as a finisher at all though.
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