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it's gonna be a draw
i want to make that clear now. fucking waste of everything this planet has to waste.
I know it's only a friendly and the result'll be pretty meaningless, and the game probably shite, but I don't get to watch much football at home 'cos I don't have Sky.
that's probably the best 2 mins of football i've ever seen england play!
(the 1st 2)
Ha ha ha!
Is back on form at Preston. Ricketts for England.
Gareth Barry! Under his 5th england manager
is that some kind of record?
San Marino 1 - Republic of Ireland 1.
but it's just been a nothing performance. There's no shape, no cutting edge.
When McClaren took over he promised this fast attacking football using the wings so why does he play a midfield that incorporates no left wingers?
so I'd have probably dropped Gerrard for this one (although I think he's the better all-round player) but one of them certainly has to go in exchange for a more balanced midfield.
However I think sometimes you just go with the player in form.
Does that have any bearing on your views on Lampard? ;)
But, while I was keen for him to be dropped over the summer, he has impressed me in the last few Chelsea games.
i hope thats dyers chance over, hes not good enough to play in any position for england, same with p neville, these players have had their chance, you could see when micah came on at least he had a bit of drive to try and prove hes good enough. and stop fucking playing people out of position on the left wing, id rather downing played out there rather than lampard
...if you're gonna try new players, give them at least an hour with several senior players on the pitch too rather than sticking them on in the second half with an ever changing line-up and then dismiess them when they inevitably don't make an impression.
downing would stay out there and get at least one cross in in the game rather that us looking like a wonky donkey with lampard playing centre instead of on the left.
also we need to stop playing crouch as it seems the englands players just take the easy option and aim for him.
is knockdowns/off the ball work to create chances for the other striker. If there's no other striker how does he do that?
Exactly. The only reason Downing was in any way decent over the summer is because no fucker had ever heard of him.
Tonight you can just bet Cesc and co flipped through their manual on him in the dressing room beforehand.
And yes, Crouch on his own is amazingly retarded. Most of the time it looks as if he's never seen a ball before.
He's not yet really proved that in an England shirt but he's a good player.
and words to that effect