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    I've had a think about this. Southgate isn't going to drop Trippier or Walker off the back of a few good games by Gomez. I also think Rose will play ahead of Shaw, although Shaw is the long term replacement - if he keeps his form.
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    I agree. The article is yet another look into what has been reported on since election day. Trump governs despite himself. It's not a new phenomenon. It is not going to change anything. All it has done is fuel Trump's paranoia and given the Republicans cover to carry on as normal. They'll get jobs once they leave Trumpland, but the jobs won't be as good as what would usually be offered to former White House administration officials. Vinjay's cartoon isn't very accurate either. I remember 2008. McCain wasn't portrayed as the angry racist. He would have come very very close to winning if he hadn't have picked Sarah Palin as his running mate.
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    Although right footer Ashley Young played on the left in the World Cup, I don't think that's what should happen. I'm pretty sure that if Rose wasn't injured for the best part of last season he would have been there. Rose is now fit and Shaw is back to form which is good. I'd have Walker as the right wing back and either of the other 2 on the left. Young surprised me and played well but he always cut back in onto his right slowing play down as well as limiting his forward pass options.
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    Young English talent is going to struggle to get a game at a top level Prem team. The necessity to play in the Champs League means that those clubs will buy in ready made players. Aside from Chalobah the others you named are 20 or under. Those 21 or younger would really benefit from playing in another country. Language, culture, food, fans are all different. Those willing to learn will thrive.
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    Bradley Dack

    Absolutely true. I'll give you a classic mate of a mate story. The lad was employed by Premiership club as a translator, however he essentially spent his week acting like the players mums; to all of them, not just the foreign ones. They'd ring him at all hours with daft questions; how do I use the washing machine? I've run out of petrol, can you come and pick me up? Can you help me set the TV up? Really basic stuff you'd expect a teenager to be able to handle. Dack is a clown and should be treated accordingly. If Rich Sharpe's numbers are accurate then Dack has to average 5 hours per week to get it done in time. 1 trip per week to a school should do it. I will say though that all this will be forgotten if he comes back, knuckles down, and plays like he can, which reminds me of a quiz I read in Viz years ago; Quiz - question 4 applies here
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    The squad almost picks itself after the World Cup. Southgate is right to complain about the chances of England players. I say regularly that promising English youngsters should go abroad to play. It will do them no end of good. Striker options do look bleak. What about Calvert-Lewin from Everton? He starred for the successful youth teams, and seems to be getting a game this year. He's big, strong ,fast, but I've no idea how well he can finish chances. Solanke was another who shone at the youth level, however he's way down the pecking order at Liverpool, and all he seems to do is run like a chicken with no head. I think that Lallana is on borrowed time. Liverpool have a glut of midfielders, when Ox returns he'll be further away from a spot. He's a very tidy player though.
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    Champions League 2018-2019

    This season's groups are; Group A: Atlético Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, PSV Eindhoven, Inter Milan Group C: Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Liverpool, Red Star Belgrade Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athens Group F: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim Group G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzeň Group H: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys Will Real win again? I don't think so.
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    Premier League Stuff

    He is an excellent manager who has proved it over the years; hence his comments yesterday. However, his shelf life is limited. His managerial lifecycle is very concentrated. He comes in, teams win, then everyone soon gets fed up. I have said more than once that if his desire to prove that he is indeed "the special one" he should take the Stanley job and get them to the Premier League. He'll have a high mark to beat in Coleman.
  9. Did anyone think that Venkys man from Brazil was going to sort the club out post Allardyce? I can't remember his name.
  10. I thought that Kean would keep Rovers in the Premier League the season he took us down. I'm usually way off on England predictions. I also said that Burnley would struggle to win another game toward the back end of last season. They promptly won 4 or 5 in a row.
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    It's been quite an afternoon in Trumpland. In the space of an hour Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was found guilty on 8 of 18 charges that could land him 20 years behind bars. He has another trial on separate charges next month too. Around the same time as the Manafort jury was returning, Michael Cohen - Trump's fixer - also pleaded (pled?) guilty to tax evasion. In addition he pleaded to paying off 2 women just before the 2016 election, and stated that he did so at the direction of "candidate 1". It's going to get very interesting.
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    Premier League Stuff

    You are on your usual wind up but I'll bite. Rashford and Lingard played for a manager who believed in them for England. They don't have that at Man U. That will affect their confidence and form.He spent pre season moaning about the need for defenders. His central pairing today was Bailly and Lindelof; he signed both of them. How must they feel knowing that the man who wanted them 12 months ago doesn't trust them? I've been saying for a while that for Rashford to fulfill his potential he needs to leave Man U. Mourinho will not help his game. Imagine if Klopp got hold of him; he'd be a world beater. As has been said Mourinho has lost his sparkle. His perpetual misery has permeated the team. Man U players aren't playing with any vigour and it's all down to the manager. Mourinho has never been one to use youngsters. I think that he has decided that as he's won lots of trophies he can dictate terms. His ideal is to play only 27 year old established international footballers. His summer pursuit of Perisic is evidence of it. It's good for him but not for the club long term. This approach won't be tolerated and it end as it usually does with Mourinho. City looked good again. Having the luxury of bringing on Mahrez and Sane helps. I watched the first episode of their Amazon Prime series last night. Guardiola is a special talent.
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    Premier League Stuff

    Arsenal - Chelsea was a good game. Emery has his work cut out for him. Arsenal look very disjointed and unbalanced. Their supposed stars are not good enough. Their defence is porous. They have a conundrum in attack. Big money for Lacazzette - who cost them the game today - then more on Aubameyang not 6 months later. It's looking like you can only play one of them. Wenger should have gone years ago. Arsenal will suffer until they can get rid of all the dross he left them with. West Ham got beat again. It won't be long before they are calling for Pelligrini's head. I watched the second half of Cardiff - Newcastle. A dour game. Cardiff will struggle to stay up. They don't have a goal scorer. I also remain unimpressed with Shelvey.
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    If Blackpool's owners really want to stick it to the fans, they'll hire Coyle. He is a poor manager. He's lost more than he's won at every club since Burnley. How can people defend him with the "he got Burnley promoted" line? It happened 10 years ago.
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    Fútbol, Le Foot, Voetbal, ποδόσφαιρο

    Another one for those foretelling the death of football; La Liga games in the USA

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