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Everything posted by Wigmore

  1. Also my home team ... well sort of, I moved to London a few years ago.
  2. Whilst not a press conference, my favourite interaction on the game is when you're both a club and national team manager, and you have a player who plays for both your club and national team. If he gets injured for your club, you can talk to him after the game to wish him a speedy recovery or whatever. But then the next day you can also call him as the international manager and say "I've just heard about your injury!". Always makes me laugh.
  3. I don't think it's that much of a stretch. Even with Southgate, I was absolutely not convinced we'd get out of the group - Tunisia was always going to be a banana skin and we were very close to slipping on it even without Allardyce in charge.
  4. Not a penalty for me but the arguments for it being a penalty are also largely fair. Given the fact that it's a bit of a debate, it's not a "clear and obvious error" and VAR should never have been consulted.
  5. If we'd got out of the group (and that's a big if - Tunisia vs an Allardyce team could go either way), we'd surely have lost to Colombia. Big Sam would've had England trying to win games by kicking people, and it seems that Colombia do that better than England ever could.
  6. That goal sums up the World Cup as a whole - ****ing mental
  7. Best post on the subject in this thread and spot on, nothing that needs to be added.
  8. I have serious misgivings with it if it is actively causing referees to make poor decisions. Conceptually VAR is potentially a really good thing. The way it is used at the moment is not workable, and it shouldn’t be in major competition until it works. It should only be an enhancement to decision making and never a detriment. At the moment it is both an enhancement and a detriment, and that’s not good enough.
  9. Agree the referee has made the poor decision. But something is up with VAR if referees are overturning initially correct decisions to incorrect VAR assisted decisions. It’s happened a few times in the tournament, with the Iran one being the craziest example. Also, didn’t think my post would get such a reaction, I didn’t think I was being that controversial
  10. Obviously not a penalty, but on the bright side a VAR cock up in the biggest game of all will hopefully stop it’s use in football. I feel sorry for Croatia, I like the way they’ve approached this game. Gone all out to get an early goal knowing they won’t have the legs to chase the game later on, and they’ve been unlucky not to get ahead.
  11. Agree that a game won via penalties isn’t necessarily a “win” in a form guide. But penalties aren’t a lottery! They are a test of technique and composure - in the long term, teams who are skilled in these areas (Germany) will win more shootouts than they lose.
  12. I don’t think there is anything that annoys me in football as much as when a penalty shootout is described as “a lottery”.
  13. We’re going down fighting in this match which is great to see, wish we had gone down fighting on Wednesday rather than just flopping onto the floor after half time
  14. I wanted to stream it in my room but it’s on bloody ITV and the ITV Player is a shower of ****.
  15. My housemate looked extremely irritated when I got him to turn the tennis off to put this on, my reasoning being that we shouldn’t miss an England World Cup match. I am already regretting my decision but am too proud to admit my mistake to my housemate.
  16. It’s an actual thing, here’s old jug ears with his one.
  17. Obviously he should start, a World Cup Golden Boot is one of the most prestigious individual awards in football.
  18. Is it acceptable to cancel a date due to being depressed about the football? Because that's what I've just done.
  19. Certainly possible, to me it just seemed that they were dead on their feet in the second half, both physical and mental exhaustion at play - resulting in the hopeful hoofs up the pitch to Rashford. It was strange that they folded so quickly after half time whereas Croatia, who were off the back of two extra time games, grew stronger. I can only really put it down to Croatia being more experienced and managing the game better. England probably gave a little too much and gassed out after half time.
  20. To be fair, I think the main thing with westy was that he was desperate for his own team to lose
  21. @JDownie I think most rational England fans will tell you that we're really not very good and had a very fortuitous run. The reason we are happy is because of two things, which I think you are overlooking. 1. Whilst we're still not very good, we are leaps and bounds better than the teams of 2014 and 2016. 2. England teams for the last 20 years or more have been chock full of unlikable arseholes and completely disconnected managers. The team now are relatable and have an absolutely dreamy manager. Most of us are just happy that we can justify actually supporting our national side again, where a lot of us haven't for a number of years. The Sweden game in particular, I've never seen a collective spirit like it in this country, it was brilliant.
  22. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jul/12/kyle-walker-england-world-cup-prove-people-wrong-gareth-southgate This is a good article documenting Kyle Walker's post-match thoughts. Comes across a little self-indulgent, but his sentiments are absolutely spot on about public support for the England national team being back. For a very long time, since 2010 at least, I could not really care less about the fortunes of the England team. I just didn't feel any connection to the players, management or style and saw no reason to get excited about them. I found the Iceland defeat far more amusing than humiliating, didn't watch a single qualifier for this World Cup, and even before this tournament I was hoping for either a win or a suitably comical exit. I didn't get either of the things that I hoped for, but what I did get was better than both of those things - I got a team I genuinely supported and wanted to win. I don't know about anyone else but for me it's been truly amazing. Yes, they had an easy run of games. Yes, they are absolutely nowhere near the best team in the tournament. And yes, they were poor last night. But they are likeable, playing the game in the right way, and are not only watchable but instilling a long-departed sense of pride. In terms of the England national team, my entire life to date has been full of moments that are totally forgettable and frankly embarrassing. In this tournament alone, the shootout against Colombia and the entire day out watching the Sweden game will live a very long time in my memory. It's been fantastic.
  23. The other thing to note is that defeatism seems to be significantly reduced. The "oh we were ****", "we've done it again" school of thought seems to be in a minority for once. Most people I've spoken to today, myself included, are more just disappointed but appreciative of the fact that we had a real good go at it when we were generally considered no-hopers at this tournament.
  24. In general I have no option but to agree, but the important missing piece from this year's puzzle was that the "it's coming home" sentiment wasn't entitled like it has been in years gone by - it was ironic. And it almost happened in spite of that!
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