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Roy Crouchson - Taking England to Poland & Ukraine 2012

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Is it real Germany or fake Germany?

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Euro 2012, Final - England 3 Germany 2

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What a final! Unbelievable!

When we went behind on 28 minutes to a Podolski goal, I really feared the worst and suspected that we were going to be well beaten by the Germans in this final.

At half-time, Alan Shearer and I were very assertive in the dressing room and demanded that the players improve in the second-half. We got an improvement and then some!

I also decided to substitute Gary Cahill as he was having a bit of a nightmare. Also coming off was Aaron Lennon who reacted poorly to my half-time talk. I introduced the young Phil Jones and the hard working James Milner to the team.

In the second-half, Darren Bent pulled us level on 55 minutes. He then went and scored another on 79 minutes and I honestly thought we had the game won.

Typical Germany though as they went straight up the other end and scored. I think what frustrated me most is that I was trying to tighten things up tactically to contain Germany and to do a 'backs to the wall' type job for the last ten minutes but the Germans scored before my tactics even kicked in. So frustrating!

I was expecting extra time at this point, so figured I would keep one sub and not make that last sub in the 90 minutes. We were, at this point, getting overrun in midfield with Lampard looking really tired.

Unbelievably, on 90 minutes, Wayne Rooney popped up with the winner! This time we really had won it. I changed things tactically to contain Germany for the last seconds of the match and also brought on Huddlestone to replace Lampard to tighten up the midfield. We held on in those final seconds to record victory over Germany! We won Euro 2012! :D

Here is FM's description of the game:

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More reaction to follow!

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you to win 3-2

We have a winner!

You win a England shirt signed by Euro 2012's top scorer Darren Bent! :p

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Naturally, the fans were signing Roy Crouchson's name after the match with many of them talking about the great work that Crouchson had done with the Three Lions!

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The fans were dancing long into the night as they celebrated a famous victory:

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And of course the striker partnership of Wayne Rooney and Darren Bent was praised by every England fan!

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In this strange alternative reality where Roy Crouchson exists, England are able to beat Germany and to win tournaments, and also Darren Bent wins the Golden Boot:

UEFAEuropeanFootballChampionshipAwards_AwardWinners.jpg

I can hear you all saying, 'fix your game SI'! :p

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Blatant hax :applause:

:rolleyes:

Just a lucky draw to the final really! :)

I was very surprised that we actually won the final as normally I always muck them up (see Fabio Crouchello)!

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This was the team of the tournament:

UEFAEuropeanFootballChampionshipAwards_AwardWinners-2.jpg

Contains six English players in the XI and one on the bench. Naturally, they went with the Rooney and Bent strike partnership!

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Much better luck in finals than Fabio Crouchello. Didn't Darren Bent save you a few times in your previous save as well?

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Finally, I know you are all dying to see highlights of the final and England's first tournament success since 1966!

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Much better luck in finals than Fabio Crouchello. Didn't Darren Bent save you a few times in your previous save as well?

No, I don't think I ever used him as Fabio Crouchello.

Crouchello was strictly a 4-2-3-1 man. It was always Rooney up front on his own in that alternative dimension. ;)

And yes, Roy Crouchson certainly has had a better start than Fabio Crouchello! I just hope he might be able to keep it up for World Cup 2014!

I've never won a World Cup on CM or FM and I would really love to get the trophy at some point!

I'll need to do some rebuilding now. We relied upon Lampard and Rooney as our star players in this tournament after Gerrard (our other star) went out early.

Lampard will definitely be too old for World Cup 2014 and I suspect the same will be true of Gerrard. So I'll need to be introducing some new players for the qualification stages coming up next.

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To be honest, I'm now worrying that I won't be able to top this tournament in my whole time managing England! :D

Anyway, I turn my attentions to the World Cup 2014 qualifiers now.

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Well done!:applause: I remember one of the fan messages after a game in an old CM/FM was "A fan claimed he would name his newborn son after the manager, but only after checking with his wife first.":D

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Just caught up, congrats on the euro win hopefully it will happen in this universe aswell. kutgw!!

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Roy Crouchson's England Record (2012 - Present):

P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions
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9	9	0	0	24	6	100%		[b]Euro 2012 Winners[/b]

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UEFA World Cup Qualifiers, Group 8

Our group for the World Cup qualifiers is detailed below:

Ukraine

England

San Marino

Moldova

Poland

Montenegro

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Well done!:applause: I remember one of the fan messages after a game in an old CM/FM was "A fan claimed he would name his newborn son after the manager, but only after checking with his wife first.":D

Ha! I can't remember that but it does sound familiar! :D

Just caught up, congrats on the euro win hopefully it will happen in this universe aswell. kutgw!!

Thanks! And I hope you are right!

I quite like Roy Crouchson's dimension actually. I would like to go and live in his reality as I would be going completely crazy if we won the Euros!

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If it wasn't for the Gerrard injury...

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Well you have an extremly easy group and i expect 100% record now!

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Blimey, a Euro win already!! Bloody good show old chap :D

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James Milner in the Euro 2012 dream team, yet only gets on the bench for Crouchson. Yep, you've got Hodgson to a tea.

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Nice thread (despite England winning something). I've grown a little bored with my saves - as well as frustrated with how mediocre Craig Levein has made us - so I think I'm going to start a Scotland game. I've never started a dedicated International game before so should be an interesting challenge...

Do you holiday between friendlies / matches?

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Congrats on winning Euro 2012,I'm expecting you to do well with that World Cup Qualifying group.

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Congrats on the Euro 2012 Cup! That World Cup Qualifying group looks like its in your favour as well.

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No pressure to dominate that WCQ group Crouchy. :D

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If it wasn't for the Gerrard injury...

True! Who knows what would have happen if he had stayed fit!

Well you have an extremly easy group and i expect 100% record now!

No pressure then!

What a start!

Not bad, huh? ;)

Blimey, a Euro win already!! Bloody good show old chap :D

Thanks old bean! ;)

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James Milner in the Euro 2012 dream team, yet only gets on the bench for Crouchson. Yep, you've got Hodgson to a tea.

Sensing you aren't a Hodgson fan then!

Good win BTW :)

Thanks. :)

Nice thread (despite England winning something). I've grown a little bored with my saves - as well as frustrated with how mediocre Craig Levein has made us - so I think I'm going to start a Scotland game. I've never started a dedicated International game before so should be an interesting challenge...

Do you holiday between friendlies / matches?

Should be interesting to see how far you can take Scotland!

Yes, I holiday when matches are a month or more apart. I usually holiday to the next squad selection (a useful option).

Congrats on winning Euro 2012,I'm expecting you to do well with that World Cup Qualifying group.

Yes, I should do well really!

Maybe it gives me a chance to mix things up and start experimenting with a younger squad and planning for the future.

Congrats on the Euro 2012 Cup! That World Cup Qualifying group looks like its in your favour as well.

Thanks and agreed!

No pressure to dominate that WCQ group Crouchy. :D

Yeah, my thoughts exactly Rancer! :D

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Well done Crouchy.

On taking Shawcross and Crouchy with you.

Oh, and for winning.

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England Euro 2012 champions? FM is broken, I want a refund. :D Good job, entertaining thread here, with so many "zero to hero" stories it's refreshing to read about someone starting at the very top, international management is also an interesting twist.

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Well done Crouchy.

On taking Shawcross and Crouchy with you.

Oh, and for winning.

Yeah, Stoke had a half decent season Nobby. Finished 5th in the Premier League! Couldn't ignore that!

And, well, as for Crouchy, I have a slight bias towards him as you might be able to tell from my username! :D

England Euro 2012 champions? FM is broken, I want a refund. :D

Fix your game SI!

Good job, entertaining thread here, with so many "zero to hero" stories it's refreshing to read about someone starting at the very top, international management is also an interesting twist.

Thanks! :thup:

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Yeah, Stoke had a half decent season Nobby. Finished 5th in the Premier League! Couldn't ignore that!

And, well, as for Crouchy, I have a slight bias towards him as you might be able to tell from my username! :D

All is well in your FM world. :)

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UEFA World Cup Qualifiers, Group 8 - Ukraine 1 England 2

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I had it in mind that I would make major changes for the World Cup qualifiers and start throwing younger players into the team. However, I wasn't prepared to risk much away to Ukraine in the first game and I actually realised that many of the younger players I had in mind aren't quite ready in my opinion. They may well be ready in another year, just in time for the World Cup, but right now it feels quite risky to be throwing these players in the deep end.

In the end, the main change was to drop a few older players out of the team. Frank Lampard was the biggest name that I left out with the press speculating that his England career had come to an end. In came a few younger players such as Jack Wilshere, Jack Rodwell and Danny Welbeck. Slow and steady changes. Steven Gerrard, who I feel may well have one more tournament left in him, was named as captain.

We just edged a tight game in in Donetsk. Not the most convincing of performances but at least we came away with a result.

This was probably our hardest game in the qualifiers, so now we've got this out of the way, there might be a bit more space to experiment with the line-up.

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UEFA World Cup Qualifiers, Group 8 - England 6 San Marino 0

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A stroll in the park. Never in danger of anything other than a big win. Should probably have scored more goals. We weren't creative enough at times and didn't create enough clear cut chances. Still, it was extremely comfortable.

I gave Danny Welbeck a start, thinking he could notch up some goals, but he ended the game with just one.

Rooney just didn't seem up for this game and so I subbed him in the second-half and put Gerrard behind Welbeck with Wilshere coming into central midfield.

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No not an Hodgson fan, he's a ridiculous manager. What on earth he's doing not calling up Ferdinand is a joke. We'll be home at group stage under Roy, I'm afraid to say.

Anyway KUTGW.

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I think the Group Stage will end like this

France

Ukraine

Liverpool

Sweden

Oh and John Terry to win in the final.

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I lost in the world cup semi finals and then in the third place game :(

I hope you do better with england than I did :thup:

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No not an Hodgson fan, he's a ridiculous manager. What on earth he's doing not calling up Ferdinand is a joke. We'll be home at group stage under Roy, I'm afraid to say.

Anyway KUTGW.

How can somebody who has won the league title in a number of countries (including Italy) and taken Switzerland past the group stages of a World Cup be ridiculous?

Ferdinand is on the decline and unfortunately England do not have any top class defenders at the moment. Thankfully we do have a top class keeper in Hart, so it's not a total lost cause.

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How can somebody who has won the league title in a number of countries (including Italy) and taken Switzerland past the group stages of a World Cup be ridiculous?

I agree with the comment but have to say that he didn't win a title in Italy.

His achievements are still very impressive though:

Halmstad

- Allsvenskan (2): 1976, 1979

Malmö FF

- Allsvenskan (5): 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989

- Svenska Cupen (2): 1985–86, 1988–89

Inter Milan

- UEFA Cup Runner-Up (1): 1997

Copenhagen

- Danish Superliga (1): 2000–01

- Danish Super Cup (1): 2001

Fulham

- UEFA Europa League Runner-Up (1): 2010

Other

- LMA Manager of the Year (1): 2010

Plus his work with the Swiss national football team should be considered a huge achievement as well.

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While I agree with Nobby that Hodgson is a manager of great pedigree who should be respected, the 'number of countries' that he's won a title in is just two, mostly in Sweden (Denmark being the other), and I knew without having to look it up that Italy (where he won nothing at all) was wrong as while he was at Inter, it was during a long period without them winning the title. Sorry if I sound picky.

Edit: Well done Crouchy beating me to it.

Ferdinand's exclusion is slightly surprising but hardly something to bang the table about. He's getting on, he got the chance to be part of the squad as a young member in 1998, and it's only fair that now others should have that chance now with players like him moving aside, as he's clearly not in the first-team plans, and there would be serious questions over squad harmony. In recent years there has been a loud call to dump the 'golden generation' failures and start afresh, so whats the problem with this?

Also read earlier today that aside from the arguments over the older failures needing to be moved aside and giving more of a chance for the youngsters to learn, even as squad players, the fact that a few of the older players selected then got injured isn't a ringing endorsement of relying with the old guard. While a finals tournament isn't the best time to start experimenting, the Ferdinand dropping, injuries and Rooney suspension is at least an opportunity to do things differently, not be so predictable, and even when progressing in previous tournaments we've looked awful most of the time, so we're unlikely to be much worse.

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It's the alternative universe where Hodgson is an awful manager, but Dalglish is a great manager.

Also know as Liverpool.

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Also in fairness to Hodgson, Inter had finished 13th and 6th in the seasons before he arrived. They finished 7th and then were 3rd the next season when he left, and throw in a loss on penalties in the UEFA Cup final. Obviously you're just putting some facts into the debate delta, but it's funny how his time at Inter is seen as a failure.

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