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Following on from Robs observations about our defeatist attitude.

You are given the chance to take the team talk tonight. What do you say?

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Nothing. If I'm Gareth Southgate I just need to stare lovingly into each players' eyes for 20 seconds and then they will go and win because they will be full of warmth and happiness.

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“I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game's afoot;
Follow your spirit: and upon this charge,
Cry — God for Harry! England and Saint George!”  

Or perhaps leave for the (potential) final?

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If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; 
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:

If you can dream, and not make dreams your master; 
If you can think, and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster,
And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken,
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools; 

If you can make one heap of all your winnings,
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings, nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

Gentlemen, England will be playing 3-5-****ing-2.

Edited by CFuller

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Keep diving - because the South Americans do it

Play for corners, it's our only threat

Kane play CM as I forgot to put a playmaker on the plane.

Sterling keep leading the line, your finishing has been great so far.

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Mods, I know he's technically not broken any rules, but is it possible to ban westy until like Monday morning just so we don't have to read his posts in these threads? :) 

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5 minutes ago, westy8chimp said:

Keep diving - because the South Americans do it

Play for corners, it's our only threat

Kane play CM as I forgot to put a playmaker on the plane.

Sterling keep leading the line, your finishing has been great so far.

You’re so edgy. It’s so cool.

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Actually make it Tuesday, we should have an extra day to collectively toast England's success together.

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Show them videos of previous eliminations followed by the reactions aka videos of Sudanese children being gassed, Africans starving to death etc.

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7 minutes ago, Citizen Kane said:

Show them videos of previous eliminations followed by the reactions aka videos of Sudanese children being gassed, Africans starving to death etc.

Are you a motivational speaker in real life?

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54 minutes ago, sc91 said:

You’re so edgy. It’s so cool.

I know your type...

You belly laugh when you watch a 10 min video of someone unravelling a series of boxes or alike to find a post-it that says 'it's coming home'.

I bet you shout loudest "Wayyyyyyyy" when someone drops a glass too.

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1 hour ago, westy8chimp said:

Keep diving - because the South Americans do it

Play for corners, it's our only threat

Kane play CM as I forgot to put a playmaker on the plane.

Sterling keep leading the line, your finishing has been great so far.

Southgate has set the side up to our strengths and the fact we don't have a decent playmaker anywhere really (I thought Harry Winks could do this but isn't over his injury yet)

Goals scored from corners are still goals.  I'm sorry England aren't playing like a late era-Wenger Arsenal but its a lot more effective this way for England.

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1 minute ago, Crispypaul said:

Southgate has set the side up to our strengths and the fact we don't have a decent playmaker anywhere really (I thought Harry Winks could do this but isn't over his injury yet)

Goals scored from corners are still goals.  I'm sorry England aren't playing like a late era-Wenger Arsenal but its a lot more effective this way for England.

I know... which is why I'd give that team talk...

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12 minutes ago, westy8chimp said:

I know your type...

You belly laugh when you watch a 10 min video of someone unravelling a series of boxes or alike to find a post-it that says 'it's coming home'.

I bet you shout loudest "Wayyyyyyyy" when someone drops a glass too.

Pipe down, Buzz Killington. Uh-hah-har. 

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I would let them know that the pressure if off them, they'll go home heroes no matter the result today. But they've come this far by defying expectations, and let's keep doing that.

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12 minutes ago, Heartwork said:

I would let them know that the pressure if off them, they'll go home heroes no matter the result today. But they've come this far by defying expectations, and let's keep doing that.

That's equivalent to the "Pressure is off today, just go and play your natural game" team talk in FM, which I NEVER EVER USE!!!!

It's akin to saying, **** it guys go and lose it doesn't matter anymore. I'd instead be telling the team that now is the time, go and ****ing do it!!

I'm triggering the swear filter on this forum way more often than usual at the moment. I put it down to nerves.

Edited by Wigmore

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1 minute ago, Wigmore said:

That's equivalent to the "Pressure is off today, just go and play your natural game" team talk in FM, which I NEVER EVER USE!!!!

It's akin to saying, **** it guys go and lose it doesn't matter anymore. I'd instead be telling the team that now is the time, go and ****ing do it!!

I'm triggering the swear filter on this forum way more often than usual at the moment. I put it down to nerves.

I was trying to balance it by saying that yeah the pressure is off, but you've defied the odds and silenced the critics up to this point, so get out there and keep doing that. There's still motivation to go out and succeed.

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13 minutes ago, Wigmore said:

I'm triggering the swear filter on this forum way more often than usual at the moment. I put it down to nerves

should ban you :D 

 

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Just stick this on with the caveat that they make a better beer choice when they've won

 

 

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Have you guys ever seen a flock of ducks flying in perfect formation? It's beautiful. Pretty awesome the way they all stick together. Ducks never say die. Ever seen a duck fight? No way. Why? Because the other animals are afraid. They know that if they mess with one duck, they gotta deal with the whole flock. I'm proud to be a Duck, and I'd be proud to fly with any one of you. So how about it? Who's a Duck?

 

Something along those lines.

Edited by Andrew_

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2 minutes ago, Andrew_ said:

Have you guys ever seen a flock of ducks flying in perfect formation? It's beautiful. Pretty awesome the way they all stick together. Ducks never say die. Ever seen a duck fight? No way. Why? Because the other animals are afraid. They know that if they mess with one duck, they gotta deal with the whole flock. I'm proud to be a Duck, and I'd be proud to fly with any one of you. So how about it? Who's a Duck?

 

Something along those lines.

 

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Right everyone, here's the plan:

1) Just ****ing thump it at defenders' legs or the keeper

2) Win lots of corners

3) ?????

4) Profit!

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