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The top two scorers in the Premier League last season spending most of the game out wide :rolleyes:

Have to accommodate for Rooney though !

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Walker's guaranteed himself game against Russia

Don't like Rooney in the hole in this formation as drops too deep looking for ball and then with Kane & Vardy pushing wide we are giving too much time in the middle forcing CM to come out of position to close down

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The reason your strikers are spending so much time out wide is because we're having all of the ball (or were at least, prior to the red card). I don't really see anything wrong with the strikers covering those areas, in fact it's quite clever and completely stiffled our passing angles.

Having all that possession meant little because we were having huge trouble passing the ball into dangerous areas, and a vast majority of the match was just passing around between our 4 defenders and Danilo. England were more dangerous on much quicker attacks/counter-attacks.

That being said, I'm not that unhappy with the performance (apart from the hilariously misplaced assault by Bruno Alves). I reckon England are these days probably a little stronger than us, even more so at home and even more so when we don't have Ronaldo/Pepe. So whilst this way of playing looks boring it does even the playing field a bit. I also think with a couple more weeks of training this playing style will gel a little better.

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Andre Gomes in, therefore even more space for England to play

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We just haven't threatened Portugal at all since they went to 10 men, it's such an awful game.

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The top two scorers in the Premier League last season spending most of the game out wide :rolleyes:

Rooney appears to be keeping Vardy, Kane and Alli all out of their best positions at the same time, which is quite some achievement.

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How has Quaresma only got 49 caps ffs? He's been around for ages.

Started his career behind Figo and Simão. Then got behind Figo and Ronaldo. Then Ronaldo and Simão. Then Ronaldo and Nani. Then when Nani became **** he became **** too.

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4-3-1-2 is fine. But Kane and Vardy isn't a partnership. Was the same vs. Turkey. England will be better now with Rooney-Kane up front

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Kane and Vardy have looked fine as a partnership without Rooney between them.

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Andre Gomes in, therefore even more space for England to play

Been shutting off that left flank really bloody well. Quite surprising, he hardly ever plays well for the national team.

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80 minutes gone and I don't think either keeper has even made a save yet.

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Think that's the first time we've actually put a cross in

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Been shutting off that left flank really bloody well. Quite surprising, he hardly ever plays well for the national team.

Erm...he has been awful as usual

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Think that's the first time we've actually put a cross in

Put a great one in to Rooney, he basically passed it to the keeper.

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And some people said he shouldn't have been in the squad :D

Doesn't look threatening like Townsend does :brock:

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I really hope the football in the tournament is better than this :(

you and me both

as a utd fan we have had to endure worse all year though:D

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Hope we send Wilshere home and call up Drinky. Wilshere has done nothing.

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This got to be the worst game i've watched in years. The only conclusion that i can have about this game is that Dele Alli is a spoiled brat. Awful attitude.

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Hope we send Wilshere home and call up Drinky. Wilshere has done nothing.

I've always agreed Wilshere should be in the squad, though I think Drinkwater should be more aggrieved that Milner got a game tonight instead of him.

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Well that was absolutely awful, Hodgson has a hell of a lot of work to do.

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Such a dull team. I wonder if John Major is actually managing this team while wearing a Halloween mask.

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Thought that dropkick was the highlight of the game. Amazing moment :D

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Kane and Vardy have looked fine as a partnership without Rooney between them.

They havent. They were rubbish against Turkey too.

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They havent. They were rubbish against Turkey too.

They played well once they actually played as a strike force for the last 15 mins or so.

For the first 75 minutes of the Turkey match Vardy was playing on the wing.

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Think Vardy being asked to do the doggies down the wings last few games has unfortunately cost him his place in the team :/

If it's a diamond want it'll hopefully be Dier: Wilshere, Alli: Sterling: 2 from Kane/Rooney/Vardy (most likely Rooney/Kane)

If 4-3-3, then it'll hopefully be Dier, Wilshere, Alli: Sterling, 1 from Kane/Rooney/Vardy, Lallana. But as someone mentioned elsewhere it'd most likely be Rooney over Lallana and Kane/Vardy battling for front spot.

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I think he does accept we didn't play well, but wisely refused to go there on national telly.

Horrible game, but for me it's no bad thing for these players, the younger ones in particular, to get this type of wake up call immediately before a tournament.

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Hodgson interview :D Doesn't even accept we didn't play well.

had to endure a deluded LVG for season ....looking forward to euros and here comes a clone:brock:

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After tonight, I really hope the diamond fecks off. Thought we looked crap with it in our other games as well.

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why is kane taking the free kicks???

Because apparently he is the best in the squad at them.

Nice to get the win, great header from Smalling, agree with what someone posted above, this could be a good reminder to the squad that we're better than the recent three games, we've picked up three wins from three but we've not really played all that well.

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Think Vardy being asked to do the doggies down the wings last few games has unfortunately cost him his place in the team :/

If it's a diamond want it'll hopefully be Dier: Wilshere, Alli: Sterling: 2 from Kane/Rooney/Vardy (most likely Rooney/Kane)

If 4-3-3, then it'll hopefully be Dier, Wilshere, Alli: Sterling, 1 from Kane/Rooney/Vardy, Lallana. But as someone mentioned elsewhere it'd most likely be Rooney over Lallana and Kane/Vardy battling for front spot.

The thought of Lallana as a wide forward *shudder*

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kane is one of the best at attacking headers he should be in the box.....this is classic LVG stuff

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Think Vardy being asked to do the doggies down the wings last few games has unfortunately cost him his place in the team :/

If it's a diamond want it'll hopefully be Dier: Wilshere, Alli: Sterling: 2 from Kane/Rooney/Vardy (most likely Rooney/Kane)

If 4-3-3, then it'll hopefully be Dier, Wilshere, Alli: Sterling, 1 from Kane/Rooney/Vardy, Lallana. But as someone mentioned elsewhere it'd most likely be Rooney over Lallana and Kane/Vardy battling for front spot.

Hope Roy grows some balls and goes for the 2nd lineup (with Kane obviously).

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