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Maybe take some of the Britishes interest navel-gazing out of the proper World Cup thread I thought?

Mertesacker Emptiness (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 09:52 (ten years ago) link


Lennon Huddlestone Wilshere Young Agbonlahor Walcott
c'mon fabio you know it makes sense

― ,,,,,,eeeeleon (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 09:41 (11 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Maybe I shall regret going here but I wonder what it is about those guys that mightn't appeal to England's core fan demographic as much as Lamps and Stevie and Rooney and Barry

― Mertesacker Emptiness (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 09:42 (10 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

can't understand who chairmen/managers think they're pleasing when they buy a player in to sit on the bench and play 5 times a season.

In Scottish football, historically this has been a method used by the Celtic and Rangers to make sure they have the player and no-one else does

― I am utterly and abjectly pissed off with this little lot (Tom D.), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 09:43 (9 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

ooooh NV

cmon seriously?

― ,,,,,,eeeeleon (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 09:46 (6 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

As long as they're winning they'll be fine

― I am utterly and abjectly pissed off with this little lot (Tom D.), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 09:47 (5 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

I dunno. No, not seriously, but let us consider the "type" of an England "hero". Let's think of Stuart Pearce's bulging neck veins as he shouts for Carling in that ad or whatever. I mean "Englishness" is a definite thing for a lot of the England hardcore. And I definitely think the FA is more bothered about the Brand than the football, tbh.

― Mertesacker Emptiness (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 09:48 (3 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

There's a shitload to unpack in what are widely considered the virtues of the English game compared to the virtues that other big football nations espouse. I really really don't want to kick start a clusterfuck but it was a fleeting thought when I looked at that front 6 of darragh's up there.

― Mertesacker Emptiness (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 09:50 (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

saw the england-usa game in a south london pub where the guy behind me was a passionate england fan who shouted abuse at the team from the start, culminating in calling robert green a "fucking paki". so i could imagine this becoming a thing.

― joe, Tuesday, 29 June 2010 09:52 (21 seconds ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Mertesacker Emptiness (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 09:53 (ten years ago) link

Thought this could be a general argument about the England team rather than a race clusterfuck but am leaving the steps that led here in the interests of full disclosure.

Mertesacker Emptiness (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 09:54 (ten years ago) link

Somebody told me that one at work yesterday. Got plenty of love for Becks but I rolled about laughing at the idea. He's too much of a politician to want the job I'd've thought.

Mertesacker Emptiness (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:00 (ten years ago) link

yeah this was needed tbh

,,,,,,eeeeleon (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:01 (ten years ago) link

I suppose the model there is Klinsmann and Germany

I am utterly and abjectly pissed off with this little lot (Tom D.), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:01 (ten years ago) link

if only for the poetry

,,,,,,eeeeleon (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:01 (ten years ago) link

Becks has no coaching badges, no managerial experience and has never courted the job. So on the surface he would seem a high-risk successor.

But

Classic But

Mertesacker Emptiness (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:01 (ten years ago) link

becks is no klinsmann

,,,,,,eeeeleon (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:01 (ten years ago) link

Sheringham won't take it, seems to have no interest in coaching.

scholes hates the publicity

,,,,,,eeeeleon (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:02 (ten years ago) link

You're gonna be stuck with Gary Neville imo

,,,,,,eeeeleon (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:02 (ten years ago) link

what England needs is a player-manager.

but that man must be Maradona.

NYC Goatse.cx and Flowers (Merdeyeux), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:02 (ten years ago) link

Seriously Beckham might be more use to English football right now if he got involved with FA politics à la Brooking.

Mertesacker Emptiness (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:04 (ten years ago) link

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8766476.stm

g taylor talks sense here imo

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8688093.stm

this article a chastening example: According to European football's governing body Uefa, Spain had almost 15,000 Uefa A and Pro Licence coaches in 2008 - more than double the number of any other European nation. And that is despite it taking 750 study hours to acquire a Pro Licence in Spain, compared with just 245 in England.

r|t|c, Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:04 (ten years ago) link

Should go the whole hog and have John Terry as player-manager if England have no hope of anything ever for the next 10 years.

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:06 (ten years ago) link

xp saying that, the english u20s are looking pretty good actually

guess they always do though

r|t|c, Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:06 (ten years ago) link

Capello will get massive abuse in the media and inevitably eventually the sack, and will likely largely get off the hook here. I reckon the media closer to the truth than we are - the guy created an unhappy camp, took a poor and unadventurous squad, and in any case you're not telling me that that team couldn't've been put out to perform better than that. But I'd still keep him because:

- the guy's track record is still outstanding, even with this massive blot on it
- you don't get a track record like that without learning from your mistakes - no way are England going to turn up at another tournament looking like that
- surely this debacle is at least partly the result of him acting against his instincts - let him have free reign, and if it means a lot of bruised egos well so be it, massaged egos haven't brought results either
- he's getting paid whatever - giving possibly the outstanding club manager of the last twenty years £10m not to work for you is indefensible right now
- realistically, what's the alternative?

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:06 (ten years ago) link

- realistically, what's the alternative?

A Scottish manager

I am utterly and abjectly pissed off with this little lot (Tom D.), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:08 (ten years ago) link

england u-20s have always looked good, yeah.

the last england u-15 side i caught ina full match was pretty amazing, AFAIR a certain A johnson was only one of maybe three Middlesborough players in the midfield.

,,,,,,eeeeleon (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:08 (ten years ago) link

Capello gets free rein from me for creating an unhappy camp, if the alternative is to create a happy camps of spoiled brats.

Bringing the 23 players he did, after picking what i thought was a very bright and encouraging 30 to begin with, yeah that's a black mark.

Selecting the 11-15 players he did from those 23 consistently regardless of performance- ey Fabio this ain't the league mate.

,,,,,,eeeeleon (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:10 (ten years ago) link

rationally speaking capello should probably stay but the taint of failure is often insurmountable past a point

harry redknapp is the only alternative worth considering - he would do it but the tax fiddling's most likely knocked it on the head

r|t|c, Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:10 (ten years ago) link

i think whether the fa are prepared to pay £12m to scapegoat capello is going to be a good litmus test of their appetite for real reform, which is why i expect him to get the sack. if they wanted him to stay they could have said so immediately - after two weeks of speculation, he'll be glad to get out i imagine.

joe, Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:11 (ten years ago) link

I'd keep Capello + get rid of Lamps + Gerrard.

I am utterly and abjectly pissed off with this little lot (Tom D.), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:12 (ten years ago) link

How is letting Capello have his way not going to create another unhappy camp, unless different players are involved? And as you say, Capello picked the squad. So either this was a knowing ploy to get rid of a lot of the old guard after failure, or he's not the judge of a player we might've thought he was, or there's a near-insurmountable pressure to pick guys who aren't good enough/fit enough/mentally right that will still be there whoever Capello is replaced with.

Mertesacker Emptiness (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:12 (ten years ago) link

he's getting paid whatever - giving possibly the outstanding club manager of the last twenty years £10m not to work for you is indefensible right now

realest talk, but watch and learn

,,,,,,eeeeleon (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:12 (ten years ago) link

joe totally otm. Capello sacked, new boss, business as usual. Especially if the new boss is Arry as he would be the perfect expression of the FA as Business Ueber Alles.

Mertesacker Emptiness (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:14 (ten years ago) link

redknapp should be able to settle with the revenue. pay them £40,000, call it a misunderstanding. it'll all be dug up again the moment england go through a bad patch but i could see a desperate fa turning a blind eye now.

joe, Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:14 (ten years ago) link

"ey Fabio this ain't the league mate" pretty much sums up dude's failings, yeah

r|t|c, Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:14 (ten years ago) link

Arry is also a great exponent of 442. Sticking with Capello would be the 451 thing to do, IMO

^yes I went there

so you want Mark Ronson to cry into your ass (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:15 (ten years ago) link

Redknapp would be a disastrous international manager, he thrives on being able to bring in players to solve problems and if those players are just not out there in the 'market' I'm not sure he'd be able to fix things. Also the FA were pretty nervous about Venables' dodgy dealings and I'm not sure they'd take that risk with Redknapp. Also I don't want him to leave Spurs.

Hodgson at least has some experience as an international manager. He'll do.

Vulvuzela (Matt DC), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:15 (ten years ago) link

Far as I can see, only 3 English managers having any degree of success at the moment: 'Arry, Hodgson (off to the 'Pool) and, errrr, Steve McClaren. Go for the younger man I say.

I am utterly and abjectly pissed off with this little lot (Tom D.), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:16 (ten years ago) link

classic material from alan shearer's column in the sun today. it begins: "NO ONE likes kicking a man when he is down..."

oh yeah? http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/85000/images/_86318_alan_shearer_and_neil_lennon_after_kicking_incident300%2830-04-98%29allsport.jpg

joe, Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:17 (ten years ago) link

Remember when Kings used to lead their armies back in ye olde times? Get Prince William in there and make that sponger earn his salary from The FA.

They'll be dancing in the streets of Košice tonight (King Boy Pato), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:17 (ten years ago) link

DAER SPURB FANZ wud u take swop caleppo and renkdapp

so you want Mark Ronson to cry into your ass (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:17 (ten years ago) link

i can't remember where i read the slow cooking/fast food domestic league vs internationals analogy but i'd trust arry & sandra to whip a quick buffet sooner than fabio or woy tbh

r|t|c, Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:18 (ten years ago) link

Redknapp, and I don't want it to happen for two main reasons, would be the ideal manager for this group, and I think that he's done well out of players he already had at Spurs as well as buying them in Matt.

Also, that would be ignoring that he could 'bring in' any number of players like Walcott, Huddlestone, Dawson, Rodwell, Wilshere, Zamora, whoever.

,,,,,,eeeeleon (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:18 (ten years ago) link

Bentley and Bent could suck it tho

,,,,,,eeeeleon (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:19 (ten years ago) link

Did Arry really say that about swapping a bentley for a honda on BBC after the Japan game btw?

,,,,,,eeeeleon (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:19 (ten years ago) link

Honda have quality cars, get into a Civic.

They'll be dancing in the streets of Košice tonight (King Boy Pato), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:20 (ten years ago) link

he did

it was a groaner but the shaggy-dog delivery was kinda impressive for a pundit imo

r|t|c, Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:21 (ten years ago) link

Remember when Kings used to lead their armies back in ye olde times? Get Prince William in there and make that sponger earn his salary from The FA.

― They'll be dancing in the streets of Košice tonight (King Boy Pato), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:17 (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Astride a horse = unwanted redux of Crouchch-on-as-sub high ball tactics

matthew ugh, son (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:23 (ten years ago) link

er, Crouch

matthew ugh, son (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:23 (ten years ago) link

DAER SPURB FANZ wud u take swop caleppo and renkdapp

― so you want Mark Ronson to cry into your ass (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:17 (5 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

yes; Calippo would not

matthew ugh, son (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:25 (ten years ago) link

would definitely have capello as the successor to arry. he'd cane bentley up and down bill nick way imo

,,,,,,eeeeleon (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:28 (ten years ago) link

sorry usually means you'll try not to let it happen again.

,,,,,,eeeeleon (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:36 (ten years ago) link

An idea that just occurred to me - absolute squad limits. Clubs pick their 23 men on day one and are stuck with them. You *can* buy youngsters to sit in the stands, but everyone would have to be honest about it. Any kids in the 23 would be guaranteed playing time. The other kids, if they had any useful mentality whatsoever, would go elsewhere. Also a handy way of (i) shifting talent down the pyramid a bit, and (ii) keeping budgets down a little.

Of course it'd have to apply to the premier league to achieve anything, and there's almost no incentive for the premier league to agree to it. Which seems to be the problem with English football in a nutshell.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:37 (ten years ago) link

xp Try telling that to Bernie Taupin...

ninjas and lasers and gold and (snoball), Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:37 (ten years ago) link

omg

imago, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 20:37 (one year ago) link

Ffs don't cut to a break while they're playing "Gold Dust", that were the highlight

a wagon to the curious (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 20:42 (one year ago) link

Sancho made a moving tribute to his dead nan and the interviewer just ignored him and asked him about the 2nd half o_O

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gyac, Friday, 27 September 2019 21:14 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

lol only just heard the England result

Xia Nu del Vague (Noodle Vague), Friday, 11 October 2019 23:41 (one year ago) link

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Josh: Got to give the English fans credit for drowning out the nastiness with a cracking rendition of God save the Queen.

wot's the tea mum? (not beef again) (DJ Mencap), Monday, 14 October 2019 19:22 (one year ago) link

drowning out nastiness with nastiness

I'm glad I didn't hear that given that this was the first time ever I've been happy to watch an England football absolutely mollicate another team.

Michael Oliver of Penge Wins £5 (Tom D.), Monday, 14 October 2019 23:05 (one year ago) link

... football team ffs!!!!!

Michael Oliver of Penge Wins £5 (Tom D.), Monday, 14 October 2019 23:10 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

lmao at the U21s

Chip-vill-A (imago), Wednesday, 7 October 2020 14:37 (two weeks ago) link

lol beautiful

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 7 October 2020 14:39 (two weeks ago) link

jinxed it

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 7 October 2020 14:41 (two weeks ago) link

ach

Chip-vill-A (imago), Wednesday, 7 October 2020 14:43 (two weeks ago) link

AHAHAHAHA they've equalised again!!

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 7 October 2020 14:53 (two weeks ago) link

and it finishes 3-3, you LOVE to see it

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 7 October 2020 14:57 (two weeks ago) link

Oh my word hahaha

Chip-vill-A (imago), Wednesday, 7 October 2020 15:02 (two weeks ago) link

Innovative triple right-back formation being tried out today.

Matt DC, Sunday, 11 October 2020 15:35 (two weeks ago) link

Didn’t really want Grealish playing 3 games in a week while carrying an injury; otoh of course fuck that cowardy custard Gareth Southgate, that has obviously not factored into his selection today at all, I hope we snooze our way to a 2-0 defeat and the pressure ratchets up on the arsehole

Windsor Davies, Sunday, 11 October 2020 15:47 (two weeks ago) link

Southgate specifically said that his selection for the Wales friendly was about players's fitness and how much they'd played so let's assume more Big Club bullshit and etc etc

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 11 October 2020 16:03 (two weeks ago) link

Lol, Dier.

Is that his fourth of the season?

Scampo di tutti i Scampi (ShariVari), Sunday, 11 October 2020 16:15 (two weeks ago) link

Sad that England have finally conceded a goal with Connor Coady playing tho

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 11 October 2020 16:20 (two weeks ago) link

There has to be a better option than Dier at CB but lord knows who. Tarkowski maybe?

Matt DC, Sunday, 11 October 2020 16:22 (two weeks ago) link

Not sure about CC in a back 4 tbh but I'm happy for him if the caps make him proud

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 11 October 2020 16:23 (two weeks ago) link

England have three or maybe four creative attacking midfielders who could make something happen here and none of them are on the pitch.

Matt DC, Sunday, 11 October 2020 16:36 (two weeks ago) link

i thought Southgate was a thoughtful coach at first but he's moving a lot closer to the terrible coward zone with every game

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 11 October 2020 16:37 (two weeks ago) link

oh ffs random Anglo-Pen

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 11 October 2020 16:38 (two weeks ago) link

Carrasco lol.

Matt DC, Sunday, 11 October 2020 16:43 (two weeks ago) link

Coady and Mings at CB could do no worse than this bunch of clowns imo. You'd hope that Stones is done at this level for the time being (don't count on it), Gomez was so severely awful against the Villa the other day, he could probably do with some time out of the spotlight. Tarkowski only just coming back from injury, I think?

There are no issues here though, it's 1-1 going into halftme, obviously two evenly matched teams out there. England would obviously be running away with it if only Kane and Sterling were out there

Windsor Davies, Sunday, 11 October 2020 16:44 (two weeks ago) link

well the main ish is that for all Southgate's new broom new approach he's still a sucker for the "the best players are all at the big clubs with the biggest media narrative" Roy of the Rovers bullshit

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 11 October 2020 16:50 (two weeks ago) link

ofc, tha'ts a given. incredibly frustrating to watch, even with the personnel limitations of this squad you can imagine a back four and a Henderson-Phillips/Rice-Grealish midfield trio and Sancho wide on the right offering so much more on the ball. can only imagine the pressure continuing to build the longer Southgate persists with playing 5 at the back and a pair of cloggers in the centre while there's all this talent performing on the weekly at club level

Windsor Davies, Sunday, 11 October 2020 16:57 (two weeks ago) link

although i suppose being shit but getting goals from set pieces and penalties got us to a WC semi-final so tonight's performance has been about par for his undeniably successful tenure as national team boss

Windsor Davies, Sunday, 11 October 2020 16:58 (two weeks ago) link

i just feel like a neutral observer with England and it's largely for those reasons

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 11 October 2020 16:59 (two weeks ago) link

well that and obv i support Portugal now :D

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 11 October 2020 16:59 (two weeks ago) link

Stunning from Mount. Jack Grealish could never

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Sunday, 11 October 2020 17:24 (two weeks ago) link

might need to turn 5 Live off shortly now England are the best team in the world again

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 11 October 2020 18:01 (two weeks ago) link

Coady and Mings at CB could do no worse than this bunch of clowns imo

Gold and Black specs aside i don't think this is *wrong*

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 11 October 2020 18:14 (two weeks ago) link

also Southgate is pretty fucking clueless as a tactician i think

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 11 October 2020 18:26 (two weeks ago) link

Southgate is pretty good when it comes to working with the limitations of a squad but it's the refusal to use a number 10 when Grealish, Maddison and probably Foden are all performing for their clubs that's galling.

Matt DC, Sunday, 11 October 2020 21:22 (two weeks ago) link

i don't even know where he's got the double defensive mid obsession from, obvious answer might be Middlesbrough but it's genuinely weird, he seems smarter than that, i do think it's mostly a commitment to the Usual Suspects

1000 Scampo DJs (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 11 October 2020 21:27 (two weeks ago) link

Playing two holding midfielders together was very fashionable a decade or so ago. Holland nearly kicked their way to a World Cup with De Jong and Van Bommel sitting in front of the back four, Spain had Xabi Alonso sitting next to Busquets at the base of midfield, Germany had Khedira and Schweinsteiger both playing in deep defensive roles, all at a time when England were still trying to play Gerrard and Lampard together. There's nothing wrong with two holding midfielders as a tactical approach.

The difference is that these were all elite midfielders - not Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice. Henderson is an excellent team player, generally his boundless reserves of energy and discipline and willingness to play exactly the role that's asked for him, and he has plenty of big game experience at the highest level (and this does matter, whatever anyone says), but he is not at the same level as any of the above. Never been convinced by Rice.

I don't think I can remember seeing two holding midfielders played with a back five though, which suggests that Southgate has no real confidence in his CBs (and why shouldn't he? He's right not to). But most importantly all those 2010 teams had a double holding midfield to allow more to happen further forward. Spain had the small matter of Xavi and Iniesta, and those four in midfield could circulate possession endlessly as a defensive and attacking strategy, the best midfield there has ever been at doing so - while this is probably the worst England midfield I can remember.

The other teams had two holding midfielders providing the solidity that enabled hugely talented but flaky creative players to really do their thing unencumbered in front of them - Germany had Mezut Ozil, Holland had Wesley Schneider. That's the player Southgate's England don't have (they don't have a decent box-to-box runner either but that's a different issue). That's the gap waiting to be filled by a Grealish or a Maddison I reckon, or even a Foden or at least theoretically Dele. Grealish has only really played at EPL and Championship level but he's also just managed to make himself look like Maradona up against a Premier League and Champions League-winning defence, and he's never going to displace Sterling, Rashford or Sancho in wide areas.

Matt DC, Monday, 12 October 2020 07:55 (two weeks ago) link

love the original copy pasted points in this thread. esp the darragh 6 - wilshere,walcott,young etc none of whom turned out to be anywhere near as good as gerrard, lampard, or even barry.

oscar bravo, Monday, 12 October 2020 11:54 (two weeks ago) link

they never let thudd run the midfield

Chip-vill-A (imago), Monday, 12 October 2020 12:21 (two weeks ago) link

The idea of Huddlestone trying to operate in England's midfield in the high pressing era is hilarious.

Matt DC, Monday, 12 October 2020 13:53 (two weeks ago) link

13-goal Agbonlahor was certainly a suggestion

Number None, Monday, 12 October 2020 14:11 (two weeks ago) link

The first four years or so of this decade were probably the worst crop of English players there's been, regardless of how unbalanced the current squad is, surely everyone has to agree that as an attacking force it's immeasurably better that when pretty much everything was dependent on whether or not Rooney could be arsed to turn up.

Matt DC, Monday, 12 October 2020 14:15 (two weeks ago) link

may just be a generational fluke but english academies have been producing decent numbers of potentially excellent attacking players + full backs but I haven't seen corresponding depth in CBs or DMs. It could be that clubs are more likely to take chances on inexperienced forwards rather than defenders but i dunno.

oscar bravo, Monday, 12 October 2020 14:50 (two weeks ago) link

lol could have copy pasted myself from 6 years ago

Still think Eng have v good talent in the front end of the pitch. They have no elite defenders and not much coming down the pipeline, but you could maybe patch together a borderline competent defence if they had some protection in front of them. They have zero even anywhere near elite central midfielders. NONE. And none of the young tyros coming through play there. The best might be Ox-Chamb. and I'm not sure he's ever going to play central and if he does it will be as frwd CM not deep lying.

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oscar bravo, Monday, 12 October 2020 15:07 (two weeks ago) link

except not sure any midfield could mitigate england's defence now.

oscar bravo, Monday, 12 October 2020 15:08 (two weeks ago) link


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