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England vs Italy - Sunday 19:45

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Can't even begin to understand how gutted you guys have felt so many times. For the past 20+ years it has been a standing joke that England always looses on pens.

We just assume we will lose. Saves time

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How can they be 'horrible defensively' with the number of clean sheets they've kept?

Just because they don't rely on having a load of 6'5" knuckle draggers at the back to form a human wall of flesh on the 18 yard line, doesn't mean they are incapable of defending. They just defend in a different manner than we've really been used to seeing.

They defend by keeping the ball and wasting time..its boring to watch unless you are a Spain fan. I said I understand why they do it but its boring football. They are like the boxer who just wont mix it up with their opponents. Its ugly football IMO.

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Cannot believe England, of all teams, are playing for penalties. To be fair to Hodgson, his substitutions have been reasonably forward-thinking: Walcott adding pace and directness instead of Milner's positional strengths and workrate, Carroll adding some heft and aerial power up front, Henderson generally more offensive (in all sorts of ways, boom boom) than Parker. This so-called defensive approach is entirely the result of England's complete inability to, you know, play football.

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So this is a rare occasion where a game has been played over 2 days?

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The winner of this overtime exhausting match will have two less days to rest and prepare than will the Germans in the semis.

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Those stats. :D

We'll have done well if we lose this on pens ffs.

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For pens.

Gerrard

Rooney

Young << Not too sure will score.

Carrol

Cole

Walcott

Henderson

-----Vs-----

Balotelli

Montolivo

Pirlo

??

??

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They defend by keeping the ball and wasting time..its boring to watch unless you are a Spain fan. I said I understand why they do it but its boring football. They are like the boxer who just wont mix it up with their opponents. Its ugly football IMO.

If the other team doesn't defend by putting eleven men behind the ball at all times, you'd see how amazing it is to see Spain play.

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Cavani so strong.

Pretty sure you've said this same post about 8 times. You can stop now.

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If the other team doesn't defend by putting eleven men behind the ball at all times, you'd see how amazing it is to see Spain play.

France were not defensive. Knew you would bring that up even though its blatantly wrong.

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For pens.

Gerrard

Rooney

Young << Not too sure will score.

Carrol

Cole

Walcott

Henderson

-----Vs-----

Balotelli

Montolivo

Pirlo

Marchisio

Diamanti

..................................

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pirlo must be fuming :D

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If the other team doesn't defend by putting eleven men behind the ball at all times, you'd see how amazing it is to see Spain play.

When you don't have the ball you have to put everyone behind the ball, and against Spain you very rarely have the ball. If you play into a teams hands they are going to look exciting.

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France were not defensive. Knew you would bring that up even though its blatantly wrong.

What? How were they not defensive?

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Giving Pirlo too much time . He's 90 just get carrol to bring him down

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If the other team doesn't defend by putting eleven men behind the ball at all times, you'd see how amazing it is to see Spain play.

If Spain would actually try to get the ball forward you would see how exposed their back 4 are by pacey forwards. Remember their losses in competitive matches to the USA and Switzerland? Speed killed em.

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What? How were they not defensive?

They were just nowhere near as good but they didn't have everyone behind the ball like you suggest.

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Cavani so strong he brings players down.

You're tiresome.

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When you don't have the ball you have to put everyone behind the ball, and against Spain you very rarely have the ball. If you play into a teams hands they are going to look exciting.

So, another team doing what they have to do to win is fine but if Spain do the same, it's not fine?

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So, another team doing what they have to do to win is fine but if Spain do the same, it's not fine?

No, it's boring and it's boring.

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YEEESSS, I mean NOOOOOO :mad:

Mario would have had that!

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phew :D

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For pens.

Gerrard

Rooney

Young << Not too sure will score.

Carrol

Cole

Walcott

Henderson

-----Vs-----

Balotelli

Montolivo

Pirlo

??

??

Vs.

Balotelli

Balotelli

Balotelli

Balotelli

Balotelli

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