The England Thread

Discussion in 'General Football' started by THFCSPURS19, May 12, 2014.

  1. garryparkerschest

    garryparkerschest Well-Known Member

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  2. Cheltenham Spur

    Cheltenham Spur Active Member

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    With laughter
     
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  3. nailsy

    nailsy SC Supporter

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    The defence isn't too bad, but when you get to midfield....
     
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  4. UncleBuck

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    Double it up with Brazil, no brainer!
     
  5. Sandros Shiny Head

    Sandros Shiny Head Well-Known Member

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    Isn't that 5 defenders, 3 dm's and 2 strikers?
     
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  6. Streetspur77

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    People complain when a manager picks the same old faces, people complain when they pick new faces. What can you do?

    Apart from Livermore who's there due to injuries I don't see anything wrong with any of those players, they've all been performing for their clubs
     
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  7. talkshowhost86

    talkshowhost86 Mod-Moose Staff

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    It looks like we'll be playing 8 at the back with Vardy and Abraham basically pegging it about all over the pitch.

    Great stuff.
     
  8. talkshowhost86

    talkshowhost86 Mod-Moose Staff

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    You're right that it's probably the best XI that Southgate can pick.

    But it does call into question the point of any of these friendlies when we've got maybe 3 players in the team who might be considered part of the first XI.

    It also highlights the lack of depth in talent in England.
     
  9. WiganSpur

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    To take my point to the extreme and unrealistic then so you understand. What if only our centre backs were the only players doing well? Should we field 10 centre backs then?

    You have to think about the balance of the squad when selecting players. You can't just pick players solely on form/ability and then think about how to shoehorn them into a shape. You have to have that style of play and shape(s) in mind before selecting the squad.

    Why do you need 2 DMs when you have 3 centre backs? Why not just play Rashford for Livermore and go with a midfield 2 of RLC and Dier for instance? It's not ideal but it's better than the alternative imo.

    I know it's Germany we're playing but we need ball players on the pitch.
     
  10. Streetspur77

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    Yeah mate I get your point and I don't want Livermore either but i honestly think if Livermore was replaced with winks, for example, then that would be a decent team considering the injuries and my point is more about the general ridicule of the whole team

    In fact, I've got a sneaking suspicion this team will do alright tonight, maybe even win (funny/optimistic ratings incoming)
     
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  11. spursfan77

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    Tony Pulis is orgasming seeing that team. Although he'd probably just have the one striker!
     
  12. WiganSpur

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    Funnily enough yeah I think we might nick a result too but that's only because Germany will attack us. Against the lesser sides though Southgate has looked clueless and I think even better teams will see us as a Liverpool in the World Cup because of it. For me Southgate should be setting up friendlies against lesser sides in the run up to the WC as that's where we really struggle.
     
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  13. coys200

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    On our patch 3 starters apparantly and the captain worth a thread. Interesting to see how the new kids get on as well.
     
  14. nailsy

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    Totally agree with this. I like what he's doing in refusing to pick players who aren't getting game time. I'd much rather he picked players from Burnley, WBA and the U21 squad than go for players with a reputation.

    I doubt Southgate has much say in who we play in friendlies. The FA will just pick the big sides that will make the most money for them. Saying that we've had a whole qualifying campaign playing sides that park the bus, so we should have an idea of how to play them by now.
     
  15. Hoddle&Waddle

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    Still cant believe Southgate decided to ignore Zaha and let him go and play for somebody else. Huge mistake IMO.
     
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  16. nightgoat

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    From what both Southgate and Zaha have said he'd already made his mind up to play for Ivory Coast by the time Southgate became manager.
     
  17. spursfan77

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    So tonight we will get to see if loftus cheek is any good. Lots of chat about him for his complete lack of professional football that he's played.

    Hopefully he does well though. We need more options.
     
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    We've got enough attacking options if you ask me so it's not a massive miss. Our problem is finding solutions in central midfield mainly.
     
  19. Hoddle&Waddle

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    Obviously not if you look at our line-up tonight.
     
  20. spursfan77

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    Could do with the Man City players playing international football tonight getting a load of injuries.
     
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