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Alternatively, my view has always been for England to play and set up like Liverpool this season.

Hart, Cahill, Jagielka, Wilshere, Rooney

replacing

Mignolet, Skrtel, Agger, Coutinho, Suarez

So basically you want us to concede a ton of goals without the brilliance of Suarez to make up for it? Top idea :applause:

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Going attacking like that would be an awful idea in that humidity, what we need are players able to keep the ball and limit the amount of running we do.

Gerrard and Henderson behind Lallana with Rooney on left and Milner on the right and then Sterling and Barkley to come on for the final 20/25 mins to run at the Italians would be better.

I'd want to spring the runners on with 25 minutes to go against tired legs/cover our own tired legs. But firstly we need to take Pirlo out the game or its going to be a very long 90 minutes.

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So basically you want us to concede a ton of goals without the brilliance of Suarez to make up for it? Top idea :applause:

Yes that's exactly what I'm saying you utter cretin.

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I'd want to spring the runners on with 25 minutes to go against tired legs/cover our own tired legs. But firstly we need to take Pirlo out the game or its going to be a very long 90 minutes.

Yeah, agree 100%, for us to gain the advantage of bringing on the likes of Barkley and Sterling for the final 25 minutes then we will need to find a way to nullify Pirlo for the proceeding 70 odd minutes, which is why I'd have Lallana in as he's someone who is able to keep possession ticking over and is more then comfortable on either foot, facing goal as well as having his back to goal.

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Going to be a dull as hell game to watch.

First group game, in the heat and humidity of the Amazon - of course it is going to be dull, what do you expect? Would be the same whatever 2 European teams were playing.

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Yeah, agree 100%, for us to gain the advantage of bringing on the likes of Barkley and Sterling for the final 25 minutes then we will need to find a way to nullify Pirlo for the proceeding 70 odd minutes, which is why I'd have Lallana in as he's someone who is able to keep possession ticking over and is more then comfortable on either foot, facing goal as well as having his back to goal.

Yep, it's Uruguay and Costa Rica that I would want to attack. Both sides defences are solid when deep, but they dont like moving beyond the 18 yard line, especially Costa Rica. Uruguay's midfield is relatively slow, so they will sit deep, which should give us the chance to control the midfield and worry less about players dictating, so that's a good time to play the likes of Barkley, Sterling, and Welbeck if he doesnt start against Italy, get them running at midfield and defenders.

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England starting XI: Hart, Johnson, Baines, Gerrard, Cahill, Jagielka, Henderson, Rooney, Lallana, Sturridge, Welbeck.

Is that the same 11 as against Peru then? Looks like it.

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England starting XI: Hart, Johnson, Baines, Gerrard, Cahill, Jagielka, Henderson, Rooney, Lallana, Sturridge, Welbeck.

Is that the same 11 as against Peru then? Looks like it.

Shoot out between Barkley and Rooney i guess, but probably. Worried about the right hand side if its a 4-2-3-1 with Lallana, but then Italy dont have an overly attacking left back iirc?

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Yup, sure is.

Hope the defense have been doing their drills, need them to look like something resembling a cohesive unit tonight.

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Sterling was supposed to start tonight but still has a chance of starting against Italy, so I imagine it's down to Lallana and Welbeck to impress tonight.

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Sterling was supposed to start tonight but still has a chance of starting against Italy, so I imagine it's down to Lallana and Welbeck to impress tonight.
I'd prefer Welbeck or even Milner against Abate. Abate is extremely quick, can see him getting away Lallana on the left, unless Sterling plays left.

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"Barkley or Rooney" :D

OptaJoe@OptaJoe 1m

14 - Wayne Rooney has scored (11) or assisted (3) 14 goals in his last 17 appearances for England. Fulcrum.

Proof stats are meaningless, can't even remember the last time he had a good game for England.

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Just realised Lallana is playing.

Yeah, goals for strikers are meaningless. Not disagreeing that he's been awful.

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The idea Barkley should be starting is nuts. Also Henderson is really functional on the ball.

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I know it's said every time football is on ITV but Andy Townsend is ****ing awful. Everything he says is irritating.

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I know it's said every time football is on ITV but Andy Townsend is ****ing awful. Everything he says is irritating.

Wish we had the choice to watch the game without commentary but with the noise in the stadium.

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Welbeck is so awesome. First name on the team sheet.

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Sturridge miss is so bad that they are stopping the game.

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feel i'd want one of lallana or wellbeck to be swapped for ox/sterling just for to have a pacey dribbler. that being said the chemistry and creativity is nice

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Lol, half an hour break.

It's america, you need to get the NFL ads timeslots in

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