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didn't watch it, but apparently they were good.
which now means we can all be "optimistic".
we just won so INGERLAN
Literally don't give a shit though.
I can't think of any situation in which i'd give a shit
Kazakhstan v Latvia! Azerbaijan v Bulgaria!
OK is a better word. Switzerland were awful which made it easier. Our defending was fairly crap at times and we wasted a fair few opportunities. Some people played OK, no one was amazing.
It was a GREAT result though. If we have more of those we'll qualify easily and then get hammered by the first good team we play in the tournament itself.
Hart was pretty good actually. Cahill also. Welbeck did OK as did Baines and Jagielka was good when he came on. Apart from that, most people had average to bad games. Really didn't think Delph was very good. Henderson is just so pointless. Oh and Jimmy Milner came on and did pretty well, it's pretty sad to think that he can't get into a midfield of Henderson, Delph and Wilshere.
and he seems to have a lot of anger inside him but was otherwise good
Considering he was clearly trying to give us a much cover possible for Stones.
And Delph too did a reasonable job after trying his best to get sent off. He dealt with Shaqiri pretty well and kept him very quiet.
Switzerland aren't great, but they're not a bad side. They attacked once early on in the first half and we nearly scored immediately with our pace on the break, so they then just sat back and tried to hit us on the break.
Remarkable how using a formation which suits all of the players rather than just a handful of them makes us actually look like a team.
I enjoyed it anyway. They're all still wanks after the World Cup, mind.
But I enjoyed the one qualifier of note that we'll have. Won't watch any of the others.
you could make a case for saying we're basically qualified already. Should be aiming for a 100% record after last night.
you could make a case for saying we're basically qualified already.
I like this new look England - we're shit, but we're okay with that.
In the first half, Danny Mills must have said "yes, they *are* going to make mistakes, but..." (or variations thereof) about twelve times. I've noticed this with some summarisers: it's like they come up with one semi-intelligent thought and then milk it to its logical conclusion.
but it's radio innit. Got to be pretty hard to keep coming up with original points during a 90 minute match.
this evening, then all heading back to theirs to watch Norway vs Italy, should be a laff
Wayne Rooney is still pretty good at football (though he definitely should have hit it first time) and England's problem is clearly Daniel Sturridge and his silly little dance.
Welbz...what a guy. Not looking forward to him and Shinji strolling out to Georg F. Handel in a weeks time. Oh United, what have we become.
that short pass from Rooney to Sterling was for the first goal. Yes it was just a 5 yard pass but it was perfectly into Sterling's stride and allowed it to be crossed first time.
it was a really nice counter attack. I sorta reckon we should set up as a really quick counter-attacking team...but I'm not sure we're solid enough defensively for it.
in a way, does the fact we're not solid defensively advocate that we should be a counter attacking team?
If we set up more defensively then that protects the weak(est) area of the team? Trying to play a pro-active attacking game leaves us exposed. Particularly against better teams.
Take the Netherlands for example at this year's world cup. They set up primarily to be a solid defence and played the 3-5-2 system because of the supposed weak defenders
Rooney playing a nice short weighted pass, Raheem's first time cross, Welbeck's shin...just like Roy drew it up.
Thought last night was good mainly because the sides were quite evenly matched. This is England's level - 'middling'
Wilshere looked like he'd run into trouble but he dug out a reverse pass to Rooney, but it looked like he'd be in trouble too but he did a perfect backheel flick - perfect weighting, great awareness, really good football.
[The pass was to Delph who fucked up completely, but still.]
i.e. seemingly Monday to Wednesday? They usually squeeze in two games in a week no? The proper football doesn't start until the weekend now. That doesn't make sense.
of spreading the games over more days, possibly in an attempt to have fewer totally dead days. I don't see why they can't maybe play more of these qualifiers in June and ditch this really badly placed break at the start of September though.
Live on ITV4!
Expected line-up (4-3-3): Cillessen; Janmaat, Veltman, De Vrij and Blind; Wijnaldum, De Jong and Sneijder; Kuijt, Van Persie and Depay.
what's up with him?
Get with the modern, funky "y", granddads.
still better than Sanogo.
how long will it be until a player brings a canister of spray onto the pitch in order to draw their own free kick lines?
So say Scotland choose independence
What would be the best team comprised of players from the remaining union members? And how well do you reckon they would fare at the Euros
(and Northern Ireland but who wants them?) seeing as their biggest teams play in the English league and the Welsh League is a complete joke.
and papua new guinea and new zealand and pakistan and denmark and the bahamas and jamaica and kenya and some other places probably
just in time, too.
He doesn't take care of the ball well enough. We've just been through all this with Gerrard too, both of them leave the back 4 massively exposed when played in that position. Meanwhile Delph and his 97% pass completion is running around up the pitch not providing a cutting edge, surely they should be the other way around?
Henderson would be more suited to being the deepest midfielder IMO or maybe even Milner.
but they're both rubbish.
I really like Jack Cork as it happens.
do you want to start a fan club?
Bring back Carrick.
I counted four failed attempted passes to Baines in the first half alone, I mean seriously he was awful.
and it was still pretty dull.
What can we do to make qualifying more interesting? 10 goal handy caps against San Marino? Whacky international loan system? Losing captain shot out a canon?
plus knock out requires way less games/tedious breaks.
I'm up for the idea of introducing a compulsory loan of 2 non-European players, using a draft system where the lowest ranked country picks first. E.g. Faroe Islands get Messi and Thiago Silva, while Spain gets Fred and a relative unknown dubbed as 'the Indian Xavi'.
Loan players must be included in the starting XI.
at least that's only 13 places rather than 24.
in the guardian he seems to talk about learning about the position in the coming months, and with the number of short-pass-midfielders Arsenal have at the moment (and the lack of cover for Arteta), it looks it's basically his only way into their team atm..
to get him, ramsey and ozil into the team without having one of them as a holding midfielder (i hate it btw, hope he abandons it asap).
Some people have said he'd be a good deep-lying player like pirlo or veratti, but i just don't see it. His style is far too high-risk, and he's most effective in tight areas rather than with acres of space in front of him.
He needs become much better at the defensive side of the game in order to be reliable for us as a cm, especially in the big games. That might have been what he's talking about.
If Pirlo or Makelele can invent a position I don't see why he can't. Probably have to stop falling over as much, or maybe that could be his thing?
Such a shame.
is that really true?
according to QPR Chairman, Tony Fernandes.
love the repetitive, slightly threatening quotes from the football league guy to all the tinpot PL clubs vis a vis you can run but you can't hide from the football league
"The one thing for certain is that most clubs [in the Premier League] will become a Football League club again,” said Harvey, speaking at the Soccerex conference in Manchester.
“Now QPR will of course be hoping it does not happen for some considerable number of seasons but the chances they will need to return to the Football League fold at some point. Certainly, three of the 20 clubs that are in the Premier League will be in the Football League next season.”
Alright Dr Death.
Leagues lower down the pyramid have made these sort of threats, but money talks and so far as i understand it clubs can simply offer other clubs financial incentives to jump divisions. If QPR were to get relegated, as they quite probably will next season if not this, they could offer Football League members a bit of the Caterham F1 pot and buy their way back to their rightful level (the second tier).
playing against Altrincham
This Holland game is TERRIBLE.
Bosnia 1 Cyprus 2! We're on our way to Euro 2016! OK, not really...
Hardly a pittance but perhaps people should reconsider why he left United. Maybe, just maybe, he really did leave for first team football and not because 'agents got involved'.
It always seemed clear that the main reason he left was because he wasn't getting first team football.