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I thought they said 22 on TV yesterday otherwise I would have guessed 31 :D Seems like he's been around ages

Made his Charlton debut at like 16 I think.

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I've always liked Shelvey, really classy player. The test for him is to learn when to *not* play forward passes at the top level, because he'll just give the ball away too much if he does it against decent opposition. Proper defences (not Premiership defences) do not leave that many gaps open.

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U21s won away in Norway at the start of 2017 quals last night. Decent result. Ward-Prowse with a penalty for the winner. Didn't see the game though

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#ENG Hart/Clyne Cahill Smalling Shaw/Delph Shelvey Milner/ Ox Rooney Sterling

That midfield :D

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I think it's fine, Barkley is probably a bit too attacking when we don't actually have a proper defensive midfielder for this sort of game. Delph probably the most out of place but we don't have many other options with Carrick, Hendo and Wilshere out.

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Not the worst side in the world but that midfield just looks so much weaker. Can't afford to lose Henderson too much. Wilshere too but seems silly even saying that about him.

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Would've played Rooney behind Kane.

Shelvey will be found out tonight

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Would we have to go round the whole Rooney at 10 horror show again?

Would have played Stones and Smalling our best CBs I think

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Didn't want Milner on the end of that. Makes you wonder where our midfield goals are gonna come from when you see moves like that.

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Ladbrokes - Challenge Cup final maybe?

So free, constant advertising during an England game? Worked out well for them.

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Forgot how much I hate watching England, awful again.

It's been far from awful.

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It's been far from awful.

Yea, it's been a pretty open entertaining game by anyone's standard.

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Surely there are better english defenders than Chris Smalling

There's not, and his form warrants his place. Don't remember him being this bad at passing though. Misplaced quite a few short passes this half already.

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There's not, and his form warrants his place. Don't remember him being this bad at passing though. Misplaced quite a few short passes this half already.

One that really winds me up is players randomly playing a ball out under no pressure

That and gifting possession away from a throw

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Our biggest issue remains in the final 3rd

We have pace but you'd not know it. I want a little more guile from Sterling. First 25 mins or so there are times he's out wide with the ball but cuts in and never takes on the man. When he does he's too easily dispossessed

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Smallings positioning is shocking, watch him. He doesn't have a clue where he is on the pitch or where his man is.

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We're going to shoot ourselves in the foot with some piece of defending in the 2nd half, that's for sure

I remember when players tried to go past a player. It's all very easy knocking the ball around in front of a defence and not making them have to do anything except wait for a stray pass

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Why would he?

Oh I don't know perhaps because hes taking selfies about being on England duty and having a little swipe with his snake emojis and then he gets injured in 15 seconds? Maybe that, yea.

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Our biggest issue remains in the final 3rd

We have pace but you'd not know it. I want a little more guile from Sterling. First 25 mins or so there are times he's out wide with the ball but cuts in and never takes on the man. When he does he's too easily dispossessed

I'd like to see him take the man on too but I can understand why he isn't. That clip they showed where they said he should have drove into the box, yes it would have been good to but he won't beat the keeper near post on his left foot and was Rooney in there for the cut back? Nope. So he has tried to hold it up wait for support (mainly overlap) and by then makes a mess of it. But there's no striker there.

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We're going to shoot ourselves in the foot with some piece of defending in the 2nd half, that's for sure

I remember when players tried to go past a player. It's all very easy knocking the ball around in front of a defence and not making them have to do anything except wait for a stray pass

Sterlings been trying to beat players all game, he's just failed every time

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He can drive across that angle and take a shot. Give the keeper something to worry about, for starters. I don't know how we can't get men up to support as we're just plodding forward. We forgot our early good work in the last 15 mins and it's looking they'll sting us on the break atm

When Sterling or Ox lay that ball off to the full back they just come inside. They don't try to go back around and overlap again and then the full back just plays it inside again. There's no incision

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Sterlings been trying to beat players all game, he's just failed every time

Not really. Few times and it's been far too easy to stop him. Other times he checks back and comes inside. He starts to go but doesn't really commit to it and put the burners on

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Barkley's on for who?

Sterling so wasted on the left, much prefer him out on the right or in the middle. Been our most dangerous play so far though

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Barkley's on for who?

Sterling so wasted on the left, much prefer him out on the right or in the middle. Been our most dangerous play so far though

Barkley on for Delph in first minute

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The amount of times the Swiss have got close with their through balls is quite scary. One of those will work. Credit to the defence for stepping up in time though.

Rooney and Kane together up front is something I'd like to see us experiment with in next 9 months. Can see them working really well together.

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