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Don't worry, real football comes back on Saturday.
We cannot stop winning. See you in France 2016!
*Books time off work*
*Scotland lose 6-1 to Gibraltar in qualifying*
But even Gibraltar lost 4-1 at home to the Faroes this week...
Fully expect Poland to pump us home and away in the qualifiers after last night.
we are champions elect now
I'm about as Scottish as you are mate. This needs to stop.
why do you care? My mother is Scottish, I don't care about anyone else's allegiances, why should you?
keeping up the Scottish anti-DiSestablishment movement going
in a 'too knackered to get off the sofa' kind of way. Was genuinely a bit angry that Sterling got MOTM, should have been Schmeichel but oh well.
Sure he ran about a lot but he was jittery and ineffective. I'd take him to Brazil as an impact sub mind.
Was happy with England yesterday. Knocked the ball about very convincingly and defended stoutly. Lack of cutting edge up front will be our downfall I fear mind. We looked a lot better when Welbeck came on. Rooney did very little. But then again, he usually does...
Gerrard had a good game. Based on what I've seen of him this season, and what he did when he came on yesterday, I cannot argue why Lallana shouldn't start every game in Brazil. Think we should build the midfield around him tbh.
Maybe I've watched too much Arsenal and forgotten how other teams play football, but when Banana came on he was playing so far forward there was no-one in centre-mid to carry the ball out of defence (except Gerrard hoofing it). An okay tactic for sneaking a 1-0 home win against Denmark, going to get proper merked playing like that at the World Cup (obviously we're going to get proper merked regardless, but humour me, I'm bored).
that he will set us up differently against a possession-tastic Italy side, for instance, than a weak Denmark side.
We'll have to wait for the World Cup to see how that happens. Wouldn't bet against it being 2 banks of 4 soaking it up before hoofing it up to a slow and ineffective Rooney though. Yay England!!!
and part of me harbours a furtive hope that we're going to win it, Greek style. I think the most important thing to take from last night is: fuck all.
A decent performance against underwhelming opposition isn't going to get the pulse racing.
Think we just need to expect a quarters at best scenario. 2nd round is about par (i.e. one of the best 16 teams in the world but, probably, not one of the best 8).
My money would have been on Hartdog. Amazing how quickly people start acting like daft bastards when a sport goes professional.
I think anyone, anywhere, no matter what profession, should be made a public example of for blacking up.
and you are only really good at doing whiteny Houston but are pale and scottish. In which case it's ok.
it's not in itself racist in my view, but not v well advised- there is a long history of blacking up that clearly was offensive (blackface acts like B&W mistrels for example). the whole point of which was to lampoon a stereotype. It didn't happen all that long ago, this ridiculing, so I do think blacking up is inevitably going to be sensitive. If we now lived in a country with true racial equality, then I'd have less of a problem with it.
Yours, Whitney houston,
Winner of Eagle Taverns 'Stars in Your Eyes' 2001.
unwise, going to cause controversy to some degree whatever the context. if it supports negative stereotypes, or possibly any stereotypes at all, such as minstrels or the Dutch Christmas character Sveta Pete (sp), then it's racist. if you're dressing up as Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act the it's not racist. I wouldn't do it, but I wouldn't be offended by it either.
We were wide open at the back as soon as he came on, think a better team than Denmark (ie most teams) would have stitched us up.
Ecuador came back from 3-0 down to win 4-3 in injury time. also this happened https://vine.co/v/MAtjVeLvBbL
other than that, can't really remember much.
or Mirror streams to work during the first half so I watched Waterloo road.
Managed to get back on after half time though (olresumably vbecause everybody got pissed off and started watching waterloo road too). Went to pour a glass of wine and missed the goal, which apparently was a peach. Oh well.
I picked up my scotland away top from JDs yesterday. nice to know that I'm still an age 13-14 in scotland taps.
it's pretty horrendous, like.
The new home one looks lovely.
I like the pink, it suits me.
I'm not a fan of the navy shorts for the home strip though, they should always be white.
Had no idea what 13-14 year old meant.
on a top that, at the smallest size being 'small', would have fitted two of me in it. Therefore I got the age 13-14 one like I always do. It looked tiny when I took it out of the bag but it fits perfectly.
they delayed taking rooney off by 30 seconds so he could blast a free kick into the wall.
dont think he had shot on target did he..?
That miss, JFC.
Losing to Costa Rica is going to be galling.
I changed at London Bridge and was greeted by many Ecuador and Australia fans, turns out they had been playing at the New Den, Millwall, and Ecuador and come from 3-0 down to win 4-3. Basically everyone was watching the wrong game
resolutely "tell my wife hello" across the board.
You know it was boring when everyone praises that Lallana assist to the hilt as "outstanding creativity". It was just a standard cross ffs
I know this squad is seemingly about 'building for the future and getting experience' because: a) lots of the old guard have retired and b) we've all suddenly realised we're not THAT good a footballing nation, but equally if a World Cup comes around but once every 4 years, surely you owe it to the best players at that particular point to play them?
You could argue we won't do great and that Shaw is one for future tournaments, but is he? Plenty of these flash-in-the-pan players who have decent seasons in the Premier League do nothing within 2 years and end up with just 3 caps. Would being destroyed by Ronaldo in a Quarter Final (not that we'll get that far) ruin the kid forever more or be the making of him?
All hypothetical, but yeah... slightly irrelevant in this case as Baines will start anyway until Mourinho makes Hodgson's decision a little easier but if Cole is better than Shaw RIGHT NOW, shouldn't he go?
you should build with friendlies, but it makes sense to take the best overall team for a tournament.
I do think it's less clear cut when whoever goes is so obviously going to be second choice though.
Personally I'd take Cashley as long as he's not going to act like a dick about being benched but, given that barring injury the reserve left back will probably get 25 mins against Costa Rica at most, you can see the logic in picking a very promising kid over a veteran who's not playing for his club.
I'd still feel happier with Cole at LB to Baines.
I know he offers more going forward but I just think Cole is class in Internationals for us.
He's very impressive for his age and I'd put money on him being a very good player for a very long time, but all he did was the basics fairly competently. Which is good- that's great for a teenager winning their first cap. Just don't go crazy over it.
Which would suggest they're more or less on par so if you're picking between the two you take the guy who has 107 caps.
I need a lie down
I've been banging on about a recall for John Terry as well recently.
Shoot the messenger.
I can't understand anyone who suggests that the world cup finals in Brazil should be used as an opportunity to blood youngsters - surely that's for friendlies and qualifying? In tournament finals you.should be throwing the kitchen sink at it.
Based on yesterday I'd probably start him. Not going to score any goals but he'd bring Sturridge into the game more. Fuck knows what you do with Rooney though
to supervise transfers.
even though there's mounting evidence the team plays better without him. Poor old owly Roy :(
then arguably this the best England team in years.
so it'd be a one-in one-out golden generation policy
he's the only decent one of the goldens.
Pop him in a team which are perpetually having to chase the ball and he'll be next to useless.
Also he's a massive bellend.
I'd be more concerned if he was a striker being kept out of Chelsea's frontline
Played almost every minute in Europe, regularly started the big games and has been one of the better players at Chelsea when pressing. 30 appearances so far this season, the overwhelming majority as a starter. Not exactly something to boast about but, in my opinion, still Chelsea's best midfielder by a stretch.
He's also a wonderful human being.
to get picked at club level)
The "lovable old-school Cockney bankrobber" (© Ronay) has already got Cattermole lined up to break all Rooney's metatarsals exactly two weeks before the end of the season.
Cue dramatic last-minute call-up for Carroll. Cue England winning World Cup. A nation rejoices. Arise Sir Roy. Arise Sir Lee.
Sunderland at Old Trafford, 3 May.
This is actually happening. Clever old Roy.
so Bournemouth can get a piece of that cashmoney£££$$$$$$$$$?
David Luiz seems pretty slow on a mobile phone.
Sterling is the worst. he's crap.
it was Agger.
all of Gerrard's raking diagonal cross-field passes came off. His short passing and marking and everything else was rubs, but those quarterback balls...ooof.
A bit like when Pirlo had Gattuso next to him for AC Milan/Italy.
but it's RARE. most of the time he just gives it back to the other team. i'll quote johan cruyff for this one:
“I love watching English football but I used to love playing against English teams. They always gave you the ball back if you lost it. Still do.”
was blasted into touch. Which is a strange thing to be impressed by.
was when Oxlade-Chamberlain saw Johnson in space on the right, decided to do a Gerrard and curl a lovely pass out wide, only for it to land right at the feet of a Danish player about ten yards away from him..
Not as easy as it looks.
then just had to stop and stand still with the ball at his feet. No Danes closing him down, no England players making runs. Almost as if it was a pointless international friendly.
That was good.
no Daniel, the match has been awful. you didn't deserve to give yourself that.
(being a bit strict and not making journalists laugh from what I can tell, Cappello would have beaten that nonsense out of Sturridge by now.
for that fucking England - Algeria game.
Just thinking about it again is making me hate football
As soon as the final whistle blew we stood up and returned to our separate rooms without saying a word. The only similar experience I've had was the end of a funeral.
considering he probably hated how he had been 'deployed'
Rooney was seriously useless
Dan or summat like that yet.
Don't get many people sticking to their guns like that these days. I'm looking at you Tom Clev, Ox, Danny Welbz
Daniel Nii Tackie Mensah Welbeck
which is actually almost quite clever
I swear to christ Tyldesley busts out the "and we'll see which England players will leave their...MARK on this game" every time we play the dickheads.
you got the delicious irony of a guy called Dan scoring against a country who in their native tongue is called Danmark, of course you did
have a this^
Ya boy Nathan Redmond played well - scored the winner. England were solid enough but couldn't get the ball forward with enough urgency and couldn't finish when they did.
So the future looks secure then
I'd take Saido Berahino to the World Cup, y'know.
*leaves without looking back
Missed a couple of chances, one a real sitter. Ravel Morrison didn't look much either
Sturridge and Rooney are certainties, Welbeck tends to play well for England and one out of Lambert and Carroll will go as a BMUT. There's probably only one more spot available.
If it came down to him, Rodriguez or Defoe I suppose you could make a sort-of case
Is usually how these things work? Although if they took Phil Jones as both a DF and an MF (*shudder*) they could stick someone else on the plane I suppose.
based on everyone in the entire world playing 4-4-2? So basically, like-for-like back up for every position, plus a bonus keeper. Kind of gets confused when you're playing 4-5-1 (or variations thereof) where some strikers are asked to play as wingers and some wingers aren't asked to play as strikers.
Of which one of the defenders was Javi Martinez and one of the strikers was Navas. They lined up for most games in that weird 4-6-0 with Fabregas as the #falsenine.
Do whatever you want with this information.
A: accept that England will not win the world cup and literally take a team of kids (no lampardS, gerrardS, BarryS, ColeS) with a view to building for the future.
B. hold on to the hope that we might do something and take "the best players".
At least that's what I did on football manager. Ruffled a few feathers when I took Wes Morgan to the 2006 World Cup instead of Rio Ferdinand, but history proved me right.
just send the kids on holiday to Rio. the final awaits.
so I could share out babyminding
We've got to start saddling our kids with disappointment now if they're to ever be as defeated as the Golden Generation
Is better than Smalling. Purely based on his grappling skills and superior strength. Once he's got a hold of you there's no escape. What's Smalling good at? Nothing.
but remembering that "the best players" have been shit for England for the last 10 years so maybe don't cherish their experience and maturity all that much.
either you want to win it this time, or next. no middle ground.
rather than picking between a blanket 'kids only' or 'Golden Generation twats' approach.
i'm taking Cole over Shaw and probably Lampard over some flash in the pan like Barkley
considering how shite they were last night :/
Did quite enjoy Tyldesley talking about how they both prefer a dominant partnet.
Horrific visions of Terry holding Cahill down followed though. Sadface.
What's that all about then?
but apparently Germany were a bit shizz, and Ozil's fast becoming the poster boy for underachievement, I guess.
At least you won lots of things like European cups, or at least made the finals in that time though.
He started it though.
it was a tribute to the popular Arsenal fans chant
I doubt it.
or booing low for subbing ozil.
(add umlauts where appropriate)
He set up the only goal of the game too.
You'd think £15 season tickets, giant beers and sausages, chesty fraulines and the knowledge that KiK rates the Bundesliga as the best in the world would be enough for them, but apparently football fans are jerks everywhere.
Can understand most folks enjoying this (as much as I can understand anyone enjoying a player getting injured); he's pretty obviously a dick after all. Was just under the impression Bolton fans remembered him quite fondly from his loan spell.
Or is more of a general dislike for Arsenal, #WengerIsABell thing?
3.overenthusiastic 50/50 tackle
No matter, he's been in poor form and now Ramsey and KALLSTROM are back in training.
Wilshere or no, even if we beat Everton on the weekend, we'll either get stuffed by Man City in the semi-final or final or crash out to Hull/Sunderland in the semi finals.
why are all our players made of glass
that makes your bones invincible
he is, bants aside, always about to fall over because he's just trying to move quicker than his legs and balance can manage. watch him running. it's weird. idk this doesn't really make sense just wonder if his little body can't cope with his work rate/urgency or something.
No pressure to come up this season Harry.
“QPR spend more money on wages than Borussia Dortmund. Think about that for a moment.”
but it's opened up so many questions, that i think i'll stop thinking about it now.
my friends have been insisting he would be at a top club for about 7 years since they first saw him in the Spurs reserves. I pointed out the fact he's at Milan is more of a statement about Milan's current state then it is about Taarabt.
I'm just wondering how much of the bill QPR are footing.
Milan have FA money in a league that increasingly has FA money. Cesar was no doubt on good money at Inter and you'd imagine had to be tempted with a raise in the first place, and Toronto already have their full allocation of designated players so it is doubtful they'd be allowed to take another PL-level wage on. Same sort of thing with Granero- would have been on decent money at Real, presumably would have needed financial incentive to leave for QPR, no way Sociedad have the funds to match it.
Milan must have some money to be able to get Kaka, Adil Rami, Balotelli and Honda all in.
and were desperate to qualify for the CL precisely to secure their long-term financial future. Admittedly La Liga clubs have any even more ridiculous track record with money than QPR but I still really doubt they're matching the wages of a team who had access to a bumper PL TV rights kitty.
The number of players Milan have brought in, and particularly how they've done it, is a strong indicator of how little money they either have or have been willing to spend. Rami is also only on loan, while Honda and Kaka were both signed for free. They've posted some pretty poor financial results in recent years and have cut wages and expenditure pretty mercilessly.
is he their first choice keeper?
that can't be true, can it?
why has no one not even in league 2 or something offered david bentley a trial?
hahaha it isn't
things aren't so bad yet that we're losing to Norwich
Fully hoping to see some Owen Hargreaves-esque training videos to come out soon.
Would be great to have him back, good keeper and a good pro.
Kevin Kyle used to be up in the dock for something every other week, and Bamboo in Glasgow used to be a right hotspot for footballer brawls.
a little more conversatoinn, a little less action.
(yes, this took me 23 minutes).
seems a very dodgy character indeed
Bale was on fire, obviously, but it was a decent performance all round. Thought Emyr Huws did pretty well on his debut. He did sky the ball over the bar when it fell to him on the edge of the box, but generally he had a good game. A couple of his passes back to the defence/goalkeeper were a little short, which could have caused problems against stronger opposition, but overall I was impressed. Our midfield's looking pretty impressive now (when everyone's fit). Just a shame about the defence....