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  1. speeeeeeedie

    World Cup 2018

    Unfortunately you are thinking logically. It never is with England. Last time out they got 2 draws and a raggy win out of a group containing Wales, Russia, and Slovakia. I watched the USA easily dismantle Panama 6 months ago. They are not a good side by any stretch, but they'll have all the passion in the world and will make it very hard.
  2. speeeeeeedie

    World Cup 2018

    You have a point there. Belgium's stature is elevated in England as a host of their squad play in the Premier League, and their manager is well known too. Their 2 world class players plus Courtois can win games. But add in their inefficient strikers, 2 midfielders wasting their prime playing in China, old defenders (Vermaelen for one), and the inevitable pressure heaped upon them, it doesn't look as good.
  3. speeeeeeedie

    World Cup 2018

    Both teams have some talent at their disposal. Belgium's preliminary squad; Belgium, Benteke included Spain: Spain, Nacho Monreal included Spain will be very hard to beat, as they are defensively solid, and will have a fit Costa this time out. Belgium have flattered to deceive for a while. De Bruyne and Hazard are world class, but can their skill be converted into goals by Benteke, Batshuayi, and flat track bully Lukaku?
  4. speeeeeeedie

    World Cup 2018

    The England squad debate has centered around the omission of Shelvey, Lallana, and Wilshere. Of the 3 I'd only argue for Lallana's inclusion. I don't think that Shelvey is up to it, and Wilshere signed his card when he pulled out of March's friendlies. I read that Renato Sanches has been left out of Portugal's squad. He was outstanding for them at Euro 2016, and had the world at his feet post tournament. Man U offered big money for him. He chose Bayern Munich. Fast forward less than 2 years and he can't get a game for relegated Swansea. I wonder what happened?
  5. speeeeeeedie

    FA Cup 2017/18

    That's one I've not heard from an Englishman before. I somewhat understand your Pogba view. He's got all the talent in the world but either decides not to use it or is not allowed to by Mourinho. I also agree that Sanchez was a bad signing. He's too selfish. Jones tackle was clumsy. Hazard was too clever for him. Conte pulled a Mourinho on Mourinho. Get a goal and defend stoutly. I
  6. speeeeeeedie

    World Cup 2018

    Lacazette is poor. He was a boy v. men the last time I saw him. Martial is France's Walcott. Fast, and someone who has a good game now and again. Payet had a good year at West Ham. He's the best of a mediocre bunch. I'll not dispute that England doesn't have level 1 talent. I'll also not dispute that Premier League riches, the shortsighted FA, stupid players, a wildfire media, judgmental fans, and greedy agents, all have played their part in limiting England's national football team over the years. Yet I'll be cheering them on this summer. They are all we have. Edit. France squad; Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain) Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Adil Rami (Marseille), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) Midfielders: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich) Forwards: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)
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    I looked at JacknOry's Wikipedia links of the Portuguese signings. I'm no Sherlock Holmes but it looks well dodgy. All signed for undisclosed fees, all got 3 year contracts. All were crap. Only Henrique seems to have played more than a handful of games since he left Rovers. It's interesting that 3 of them ended up at some Romanian team. Also one went to Whitehawk FC. I am pretty sure that they were charged with some football related crime or other a few years back. Hopefully hose days at Ewood are over and Venkys have entrusted Waggott to run a football club. Edit; Whitehawk details; Former Whitehawk president with previous convictions jailed 2 Whitehawk players charged for match fixing Stinks to high heaven.
  8. speeeeeeedie

    World Cup 2018

    You are absolutely right about Southgate in that regard. He has an idea of how a side should look. He gets lambasted as the FA's man and a failed manager, but he spent years with the u21's and has brought some of that experience with him. England doesn't have Germany or Spain's talent, but they'll be organised, quick on the break, and possess a top notch striker.
  9. speeeeeeedie

    World Cup 2018

    Would that not be Ashley Young? He played left back for Mourinho most of the season. I put Delph in the middle as without him there are only 3 which doesn't give much cover, and they all may play too.
  10. speeeeeeedie

    World Cup 2018

    I grabbed the squad from the BBC website. My guess is that Southgate will look at it like this. Goalkeepers: Butland, Pickford, Pope Central defenders: Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Walker, Wide men: Alexander-Arnold, Rose, Trippier, Young. Holding Midfielders: Dier, Henderson, Delph, Loftus-Cheek. Attackers: Kane, Rashford, Sterling, Vardy, Alli, Welbeck, Lingard, Delph, Lingard, and Welbeck can all do the wide man job too. Let's see what this lot can do.
  11. speeeeeeedie

    World Cup 2018

    England squad is named; Goalkeepers: Butland, Pickford, Pope Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Cahill, Delph, Jones, Maguire, Rose, Stones, Trippier, Walker, Young. Midfielders: Alli, Dier, Henderson, Lingard, Loftus-Cheek. Forwards: Kane, Rashford, Sterling, Vardy, Welbeck
  12. speeeeeeedie

    World Cup 2018

    England isn't blessed with talent at the mo. If Southgate goes with Livermore it's because he thinks he's worth a spot. I doubt that he'll play much though. For comparison here's Germany's provisional squad; Germany Provisional squad. They will be hard to beat, although if Neuer and Boateng aren't fit they won't be as solid.
  13. speeeeeeedie

    World Cup 2018

    Here is the Mirror's predicted squad; GOALKEEPERS Pickford, Butland, Pope DEFENDERS Trippier, Walker, Stones, Jones, Maguire, Rose, Young MIDFIELDERS Dier, Henderson, Delph, Livermore, Lallana, Loftus-Cheek, Alli, Sterling, Lingard ATTACKERS Kane, Vardy Rashford, Welbeck It's very similar my effort from a few days ago with the only changes being Jones for Tarkowski, and Young for Bertrand. Contentious names seems to be Delph and Livermore in, Shelvey and Wilshere out. Wilshere has had potential for years but never fulfilled it, and I don't think that Shelvey was ever getting a look in. England doesn't have the best defence. It needs protecting so Wilshere is being sacrificed for Livermore. Kane, Sterling, Vardy, Rashford, Lingard, Lallana, and Alli are capable to causing problems for any team.
  14. speeeeeeedie

    World Cup 2018

    Apparently Hart won't make the plane to Russia. Quite right if you ask me. He has been a horror show for England since before Euro 2016 - and he was shocking there. Since then he's been dropped by City, played iffy in Italy, and spent 2018 keeping the kit man company at West Ham. Hardly international form.
  15. speeeeeeedie

    World Cup 2018

    I'll be happy with a quarter final appearance. After looking at your squad I reckon that Tarkowski won't make it. I think Smalling will go instead. He's been a regular for Man U this year. You had Jones in there and although Ithink Jones is a better player, who can also play midfield at a push, he's always injured. I also have Andy Carroll in the back of my mind. He would be a great super sub, coming on and causing havoc. But he's another one with the robustness Jacob's crackers.

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