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Everything posted by Smallen

  1. Who does ESR come into the squad for though? Bear in mind we have to cut it back to 23. He's not better than Mount, Foden or Grealish, is he?
  2. Kane moving to Man City is one of the best things that could happen for England tbh. Guardiola will make him a better player if possible and he won't play as many games/get injured as much. As much as I hate the big clubs vacuuming up all the talent I hope they get him because there is such a massive drop off in quality for our striker options after Kane. Couldn't imagine going into a tournament without him.
  3. Jorginho should’ve had a yellow for the challenge and then a second yellow for the simulation that followed.
  4. We’ll win the World Cup. John Stones’ redemption arc does not end here.
  5. Any team without Walker at right back is wrong.
  6. Yeah, he was great in the first half yesterday. It was an exception to the rest of his performances this tournament imo. But yeah, if we're playing two deep midfielders they both need to have more to their game than tackling and interceptions. Phillips does; Rice doesn't.
  7. The unfortunate thing is he's far too limited with the ball to play in midfield at international level. At least if we want to win, anyway.
  8. I agree with this, but playing two 8s (let’s say Foden and Mount ahead of Phillips/Rice for example) =/= open flowing football. Not necessarily, anyway.
  9. Have said it before but I hope one of the elite clubs buy Rice and play him at centre half. It’s the position best suited to his abilities by far. Him playing in midfield for West Ham reeks of a team playing their best player further forward because they need to.
  10. Southgate got it absolutely spot on at the start of the game. Italy couldn’t handle the wing backs. Tripper had the freedom of the right hand side. It’s just such a shame we went into our shells and our 3 at the back became a flat 5.
  11. I’m sat here at work just completely empty. A few customers have rang up and I think it’s the least helpful I’ve ever been . All I can muster is one word answers.
  12. Man, I’m so ****ing miserable today. Really hurts! I was absolutely fine with it last night
  13. Nailed it. It’s practically impossible to over expose the team when it has Rice and Phillips sitting in midfield and a back three that contains Walker’s ridiculous recovery ability. That 5 covers most kind of attacks comfortably. First 30 we were great. Genuinely. After that we had Sterling and Mount tracking their full backs every time. Totally unnecessary in the formation we started with.
  14. This is it. Italy didn’t do anything special. We just backed off them and gave them too much respect, which is so baffling considering we were all over them in the first 30 minutes. Then in the second half we didn’t make the changes required to take the initiative back. Mason Mount was the least effective player on the field and we kept him on for 100 minutes because…???
  15. Neither Kane or Sterling played high enough, but it’s because our defensive line were starting so deep. Ah man. It hurts this morning. We really ****ed it up in the final.
  16. Phillips and Rice were both good tonight. Henderson was absolutely disastrous.
  17. If Southgate did choose the takers and made the 19 year old the 5th taker that’s some call. It’s easy to say in hindsight but that just seems like a crazy thing to do.
  18. We completely dominated the first 30 minutes or so. Our mentality was just way too passive from the second half onwards. Defence dropped too deep and made pressing impossible.
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