England @ Euro 2016

Discussion in 'Euro 2016' started by Lord Camomile, May 16, 2016.

  1. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    To make Pink Panthers post readable ;) here it is with paragraphph breaks!>>>>>>


    How many of those players really needed a rest? England never play more than two matches together except in tournaments. I'd rather have seen our first choice XI get another game together to build on the momentum of the second half performance against Wales. We have the youngest squad in the tournament and several of the first choice XI are playing in a tournament for the first time. Everyone was saying our defence was the weak link beforehand; surely it would be best for the back four to have had another game together?

    Danny Rose had never started a competitive game before this tournament. He and Walker haven't had a particularly heavy season (unlike Kane) as Spurs rotated them with Trippier and Davies for the full back positions last season. Rooney missed a large chunk of the season but did well enough in the first two games here, was taken off after 70 minutes in one of them, and is still adjusting to the specifics of playing in a much deeper role; I'd much rather have seen him play there against Slovakia.

    Alli has only just completed his first season in the Premier League and is the youngest member of the starting XI; I feel he should at least have started against Slovakia, even if he was withdrawn after an hour. Taking Wilshere at all was ridiculous in my view after he missed literally the entire season bar Arsenal's final match, and he appears to neglect his fitness and not look after himself properly to boot.

    England have a history of taking key players after injury when they clearly aren't match fit, going right back to Brooking & Keegan in 1982. The team we picked could easily have beaten Slovakia given the number of attempts on goal, or the first choice team might also have been frustrated and held to a draw, but either way I feel it would have stood us in better stead to have had another game together with the first choice XI, or at least most of it.
     
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  2. Kaka Tim

    Kaka Tim Crush the Saboteurs!

    Its impossible to say though isn't it? Some of the players will have benefited from a rest, their replacements will have benefited from getting some match time - although I think rashford should probably got another run out. Coming second in the group has not really given us a more difficult route to the semis. Given all this its not at all clear that England would have benefited from sticking to the same team that finished the wales match.
    Other than in defence, this england team seem to have a lot of depth in the squad and different options.
    In all three games england have dominated possession and chances against teams playing cautiously. Be interesting to see what happens in a more open game - like a potential q-final against france - where England can use their pace to play on the break - it might suit us more.
     
  3. pocketscience

    pocketscience Well-Known Member

    There's the yellow card factor too.
    Iceland 9-2 England

    are any suspended?

    eta: just checked: No :(
     
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  4. ffsear

    ffsear Well-Known Member

    Given the brexit, expect our national anthem to be heavily drowned out with boo's from now on in (with the exception of Iceland maybe)
     
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  5. pocketscience

    pocketscience Well-Known Member

    judging by their vote, the Welsh will even sing along with GSTQ when we meet again in the final :eek:
    ...and a rousing rendition of Vera Lynn's classic during the game
     
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  6. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Iceland knew how to deal with the bankers while we bail the cunts out. Morally, the tournament is theirs.
     
  7. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Space/time supply indicators near to zero

    have checked a free bet onto Iceland at 8-1. Pretty low odds all things considered. Looking forward to the game tonight
     
  8. han

    han brixton hill hobbit

    Not only that, I'm even more ashamed to be English now than I always have been, since Brexit, so yeah - come on, Iceland! Come on, Wales!
     
  9. strung out

    strung out (",)

    Wales voted for Brexit too.
     
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  10. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Iceland rejected the eu years before us as well.
     
  11. han

    han brixton hill hobbit

    Oh yeah. Doh! :D
     
  12. han

    han brixton hill hobbit

    Spain then. I'll be in Sevilla when it's the final so deffo want them to get through :D
     
  13. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

    Francophile
     
  14. han

    han brixton hill hobbit

    Er, as we're talking about Spain, are you implying that I'm *attracted* to Franco? :D
     
  15. han

    han brixton hill hobbit

    I must confess, dictators do give me the horn.


    Not.
     
  16. han

    han brixton hill hobbit

    Pah. Well done, Italy.
     
  17. Dandred

    Dandred Mmmmm Beer!

    At least the tournament will get a boost now a shit load of racist twats have gone home.
     
  18. Dandred

    Dandred Mmmmm Beer!

  19. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    England flag dumped in the bin this morning. No more.
     
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  20. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

  21. ffsear

    ffsear Well-Known Member

     
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  22. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    Shouldn't we be locking this thread now and pretending it never happened, bit like our challenge?
     
  23. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    At least they now get cheaper holidays, getting in before the schools break up.
     
  24. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

  25. quiet guy

    quiet guy Bimbling along

    /\/\
    Sure that's not a Gerry Anderson puppet...
     

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