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  1. World Cup 2018

    As Jim says, he scores lots of Premier League goals but until he proves it for England I'll not consider him world class. I've still not forgotten how bad he was at the last Euros.
  2. World Cup 2018

    True true. Coupled with the cheap import being easier is the continued practice by big clubs of signing any promising English youngster long before they are fully developed. Luke Shaw is the latest. Ashley Cole's heir 4 years ago. Now he can't get a game as his club mate, a converted right winger, is ahead of him. It's tragic and hurts the national team. Jadon Sancho upping sticks and leaving City for Dortmund last year was a good move. More should follow his lead and play their trade abroad.
  3. World Cup 2018

    Decent run out for England. Still a long way to go, but I'm a hopeless fool when it comes to England. Germany drew 1-1 with Spain. Germany will be there or thereabouts as usual. Their team tonight was; Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Hummels, Boateng, Hector, Khedira, Kroos, Ozil, Muller, Draxler, Werner. Premier Leaguers Rudiger, Sane, and Gundogan were subs. As was Mario Gomez who I thought retired years ago.
  4. England World Cup Campaign

    A tad harsh perhaps. They are nowhere near the quality of previous Dutch teams but I'd hardly call them a disgrace. I read an article a few months back bemoaning the plight of Dutch football. It's key point was that they've not managed to evolve. "The Dutch Way" worked for years but there is no new blood coming through coaching wise. van Gaal and Advocaat still have influence, and their coaching tree of which Koeman belongs is entrenched with their ideas. It also mentioned that their system based play is too rigid, and that Robben's success came from the fact that he grew up so far away from Amsterdam that he was able to develop naturally.
  5. World Cup 2018

    That is unfortunately true. England doesn't produce enough world class players. I'm sure the powers that be have debated long and hard as to why. Is it facilities? Mentality? Weather? Set up? My hope is that it's all changing though. Take out Cahill and Hart and this England crop is the youngest in a long time. Couple this with the youth teams' successes last year should build a platform to improve.
  6. World Cup 2018

    Here's a little snippet to illustrate what England are up against in Russia. Spain squad for friendlies; Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao), David De Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli) Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Marcos Alonso (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad). Midfielders: Isco (Real Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Dani Parejo (Valencia), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Rodrigo Hernandez (Villarreal), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) Forwards: Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Rodrigo (Valencia), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid) Excluded from this squad are Busquets (Barcelona), Alacantra (Bayern Munich) - injured, Martinez (Bayern Munich) - out of favour, and Morata - currently crap. It will be a tall order for England to beat their best 11.
  7. Premier League Stuff

    Yep. Gambling isn't my strong point. I've got 4 out of four wrong in the last 2 weeks alone. Dyche managed to turn it around.
  8. Champions League 2017-2018

    Thanks. It should make for an interesting end to the season then.
  9. Champions League 2017-2018

    So, if Liverpool and Arsenal win both Euro competitions but finish 5th and 6th, who loses out? 4th place?
  10. Premier League Stuff

    He's won titles in 4 countries. 2 Champions Leagues, and 2 UEFA cups. However annoying it may be, he should be entitled to think that way as he has done it all. If Bobby Robson spoke Spanish he may have never had the chance to manage, maybe that's what drives his angst?
  11. Champions League 2017-2018

    Barcelona and Bayern received the better end of the draw. One guarantee of City-Liverpool is an English team in the semi's. My predictions are always wrong but I do think that City have too much for Liverpool over 2 legs. Interestingly, both teams have derby games in between the CL fixtures. If City win all their league games until then they have the chance to be crowned champs if they beat Utd. Liverpool play Allardyce's Everton at Goodison. City play on Saturday, Liverpool on Sunday.
  12. World Cup 2018

    Well spotted. No wonder I think England can win. I'll drop Lallana and Wilshere then. Here is Southgate's squad for next week's friendlies; Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland, Nick Pope Defenders: Kyle Walker, Kieran Tripper, Ryan Bertrand, Danny Rose, John Stones, James Tarkowski, Alfie Mawson, Joe Gomez, Harry Maguire Midfielders: Eric Dier, Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson, Jake Livermore, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, Lewis Cook Attackers: Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford My guess is that Pope, Mawson, Tarkowski, Cook are being rewarded for playing well but they'll struggle to make the WC 23. I reckon Southgate will take Hart for his "experience". Cahill too. Loftus-Cheek and Kane to return therefore, marring injuries, there aren't many spots to play for,
  13. Premier League Stuff

    He was never the same after the Newcastle link. Great manager for us. If he'd have stayed a bit longer he would have probably been in for the Man U job.
  14. Champions League 2017-2018

    Although all the paper talk today is of Messi and Barcelona's brilliance I, like you, think that a 4-1 aggregate score doesn't give Chelsea enough credit. Daft mistakes cost them in both legs. They were the better team at Stamford Bridge. A sloppy pass gifted Messi an undeserved goal which completely changed the dynamic of the 2nd leg. All 3 goals last night involved a Courtois error. Add in Fabregas being at fault for gifting Messi a free run for the 2nd, and the full back playing an awful pass for the 3rd equals a 3-0 score. The tie was lost after the equaliser at home. Scoring 2 in Barcelona isn't easy especially with an out of form Morata or a not good enough Giroud up front. The last 8 will see some big games. I'd like City and Liverpool to be kept apart, and I have a feeling that the UEFA microwave will see to that.
  15. World Cup 2018

    This is the first article I've seen in 2018 trying to predict England players; Who to take? For the first time in a while England have options. Some middling v. middling but still options. Here's a starting 11; Pickford Gomez - Stones - Maguire Walker Rose Dier - Loftus-Cheek Lallana Sterling - Kane - Rashford Subs; Butland Smalling - Lascelles- Cahill Trippier Bertrand Oxlade-Chamberlain - Henderson Wilshere Alli - Vardy - Lingard