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  1. We were. I bet that it took Butterworth a long time to get over that game. Man handled from beginning to end by a relative youngster. I was at the game and didn't know until watching those highlights that both Wegerle and Shearer missed absolute sitters that could have made it even more.
  2. Huddersfield won again yesterday. There's a long way to go but they have started well. Are they still public enemy number one for their "weakened team" shenanigans against Brum? Something the EFL decided to take no action on; http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/efl-set-change-rules-following-13073900 It looks like City v. Utd for the title.
  3. That's a shame. It offers some good points.
  4. Here's John Oliver's take on the election and it's Brexit implications. It's 20 minutes long but well worth listening to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyVz5vgqBhE
  5. The Germans did the same in 2010. Ozil, Kroos, Khedira, Neuer, Lahm, Muller, Podolski, Schweinsteiger, and Gomez were all 25 or under. They won it 4 years later. The current England squad is pretty young. Get rid of Hart and it's even younger. Cahill is over 30, and OK but England has so little at centre half he'll probably has to stay. There is a long way to go before next summer though. England has players with talent but the set up is all wrong. Not to mention the pressure. It turns good players into cart horses. Kane last summer is a prime example.
  6. I've no disagreements with you there. I posted an article yesterday outlining how strong France are. England looked laboured. Playing Stones in midfield then Walker at left back, although in a friendly, is a bit odd. Jones looks past it which is such a shame. He had the world at his feet when he was at Rovers. He moved to the wrong club. Mbappe is going to be a star.
  7. Although friendlies are pointless it gives Southgate time with the team which is very important as they don't get many days together England's disasterous 1994 World cup campaign had some bad teams. Andy Sinton, Stuart Ripley (good for us but not England class), Carlton Palmer, Tony Dorigo, Lee Dixon, Ian Wright (another who was great a club level but not up to it internationally). Les Ferdinand too.
  8. Agreed. Tugay was a maestro and a pleasure to watch. Could he have fit in at the top table? Who knows. I do remember journo once asking Mark Hughes if he wished that he had a younger Tugay. Hughes replied no, as he'd be playing for Barcelona. Carrick is a different player. He's an underappreciated footballer who performed admirable work for some good Man U sides. Big teams need a player like Carrick to keep it ticking over. He's done that well. His lack of England caps are partly down to successive managers trying to fit Lampard and Gerrard into the same team, instead of playing one of them with Carrick in behind. Here's an article on England opponents tomorrow and their embarrassment of riches; France squad There's a long way to go before Russia and although I am an eternal optimist when it comes to England I think that they are improving.
  9. Yesterday's game was hardly a classic. England were wasteful. Kane is a greedy so and so. He had 3 or 4 opportunities to pass to better placed team mates but shot instead. He did save England's bacon though. He does irk me. He's been $punked over all season yet he has a lot to do to make up for his woeful Euro showing last year. Southgate needs to get rid of Hart. England has 4 keepers, 3 younger, who are all better than him. He was at fault for both goals. Bad wall line up and bad positioning. I think that England finally have a bit of depth outside of central defenders. Getting to Russia shouldn't be a problem. What happens there will be interesting.
  10. You get a lot of stick on here. Some fair, and some not. However, I can't believe that you wrote that. You've done nothing but praise the Tories over the last 6 weeks as being best for you and the country. Now that the desired result hasn't happened you completely flip, disown May, and deride Tory policy. Baffling. May is saying that she'll work with the DUP. I'd be moving to Northern Ireland if true, they'll want a lot for their votes. She should resign. Her hubris created this vacuum. She should now jump in it.
  11. I wouldn't bother arguing. To Steve and his ilk arming everyone is the answer. This is the main counter measure against shootings promulgated by the NRA. They are the gun industry lobbying group. Who makes more money if more guns are bought? Gun manufacturers. They hide behind the constitution to make profits. Terrorism is an ideology. It's going to take a long long time to change. Education, training, social well being, stronger communities, and inclusion will all have to play a part. It's not going to be easy, and more innocent people will die until the authorities can get a better handle on it. Interning muslims, Banning them from the UK. Sending some "back to where they came from" even if they are born in Britain won't work.
  12. Qatar is in the news again. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE cut off diplomatic ties yesterday over allegations that the Qatari's are supporting terrorism (I'll leave the ironies for the non-football thread). Emirates and Etihad airlines have also cancelled all services to and from Doha. BBC Qatar article Will FIFA be worried? I doubt it. FIFA statement: We have no further comments for the time being It's still a bewildering decision to award them the World Cup.
  13. As expected, Trump withdrew the USA from the Paris climate accords yesterday. His reasons were that it would hurt American jobs and cost America money. His detractors say that by pulling out it will hurt American jobs and cost America money. He will use this as proof of him fulfilling a campaign promise. His fans will be happy. Between this and Trump's unsurprisingly strange showing on his world tour last week the rest of the world is a little bit more unsure of the USA. Meanwhile Russia investigations keep on rolling - Comey is to speak to the Senate committee again next week.
  14. Interesting post. Professional football development has changed massively since my youth - early 90's. Back then it was YTS forms, manual labour, boot cleaning, training, games, and the odd cup competition. 15-30 players per year is a lot. Do they have teams to support all those players? I do agree that Cat 1 academies are churning out more technically savvy players than past eras who are capable of playing league football. However, my theory is the drop out rate is so high due to the fact that they've been used to top class everything. Once they leave that environment disintegrates and they're forced to motivate from within. That gets harder and harder the longer they are gone from their former elevated stature. Clubs care about the diamond. The parts that keep the diamond shiny are easily discarded.
  15. Agreed. It was typical Mourinho. Stifle the opposition, play it tight, nick a goal. Man U were streets better than Ajax. Alexi Lalas was the 'expert' commentating on US TV. The other commentator mentioned the words "tactical masterclass". Lalas pointed out that it's only a masterclass if the opposition warrant it. Ajax were no Real Madrid.