World Cup 2018

Discussion in 'World Cup 2018' started by Lord Camomile, Dec 1, 2017.

  1. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    Quarter finals for England, I reckon. That's a pretty lucky draw.
     
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  2. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    No luck involved. Planning.
     
  3. S☼I

    S☼I Are they supposed to be as sick as you and me?

    I think it's clear that over the last few tournaments England can be relied upon to perform well under expectations.
     
  4. S☼I

    S☼I Are they supposed to be as sick as you and me?

    And this wc there will be enough time for the commentators use the "It's not really the World Cup until Brazil play their first game" having skipped it last time out.
     
  5. Silas Loom

    Silas Loom The people have spoken, the bastards.

    Still should have been boycotted, of course.
     
  6. S☼I

    S☼I Are they supposed to be as sick as you and me?

    Politics threads ------------------------------------------->
     
  7. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    In that case, I expect them to win. It's the only logical position to take.
     
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  8. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

  9. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    After Groups Stage England play either top or second team from Group H which is the weakest of the groups IMO. Win that game and should take us to the QFs. Really good draw for England
     
  10. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    Kaliningrad as well. Watch yer selves there - it’s a bit Wild West
     
  11. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

    Words waiting to come back and haunt.
     
  12. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Just got off the service desk.

    It could have been far worse.

    Although probably just means our failure to progress will be all the more embarrassing.
     
  13. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

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  14. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

     
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  15. nuffsaid

    nuffsaid But this goes up to 11

    Genius :D
     
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  16. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    I was just idly looking through the groups, and aside from Spain v Portugal there aren't really any matches that jump out as ones to watch in the group stages.

    Maybe Argentina v Iceland, for the potential lols :D
     
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  17. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    I still believe :D
     
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  18. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

  19. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

  20. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    So, very randomly I found myself moderating a panel in the Arcitc circle last week, as you do... :D

    Anyway, it was in Norway, but very close to the Russian border (for context of who may have been in the audience). At one point I asked people to raise their hand if they usually watch the World Cup, then lower it if they planned to boycott the Russia World Cup, and then again if they planned to boycott the Qatar World Cup. A lot more people seem to be boycotting the latter than the former (out of this scientific study of about 20 people, many of whom might have been Russian :hmm: :oops: ).

    Veracity of anecdotal polls aside, does feel like there's more objection to Qatar than Russia, on a number of levels.
     
  21. pocketscience

    pocketscience Well-Known Member

    England squad announcement tomorrow.
    first casualty:
    Joe Hart left out of England’s World Cup squad by Gareth Southgate
    bit Hartless from Southgate - but I like it :thumbs:
     
  22. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Hart is useless. I fully approve.
     
  23. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

    England are so rubbish these days we can't even manage a good controversial omission. :(
     
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  24. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    England are so rubbish these days we don't even have a late season metatarsal injury, followed by a full page cut out of the foot in The Sun to worship.
     
  25. The Octagon

    The Octagon Stop...Hammertime

    Oxlade-Chamberlain was the sacrificial lamb this time around, fingers crossed him and Gomez are the only ones.

    Squad announced today, Wilshere not making the cut either it seems.

    Late entry perhaps for Shelvey or Loftus-Cheek, maybe chuck Sessegnon in for column inches, we haven't ruined a promising young kid with high expectations for a while ;)

    Otherwise, I quite like the way Southgate is doing things, get the squad named without having some poor bastards hanging on in hope, and he looks to be picking on form to fit a system, rather than big names for the sake of it.
     
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  26. The Octagon

    The Octagon Stop...Hammertime

    Here it is:

    Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope.

    Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Fabian Delph, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young.

    Midfielders: Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

    Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck.

    Stand-by: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livemore and Adam Lallana.

    Nothing too surprising.

    It's coming home
     
  27. The Octagon

    The Octagon Stop...Hammertime

    Also, some of the comments on the BBC feed :D

     
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  28. Teaboy

    Teaboy It definitely looks brighter over there..

    That's a lot of full backs.

    I think Cahill can consider himself very lucky.
     
  29. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    That reminds me a bit of when I go shopping and I get loads of nice things and then when I get home I realise I can't make a meal out of them.


    I mean who are our central defenders? Stones, Maguire, Cahill or Jones? We've got two midfielders who aren't really attackers & Loftus-Cheek.

    Something like: Butland, Walker, Rose, Stones, Cahill, Dier, Henderson, Dele Alli, Kane, Sterling & Rashford? That's a lot of attackers but otherwise.... Loftus-Cheek. :hmm:

    I like the inclusion of youth players but he's sort of forgotten to get the potatoes.
     
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  30. Teaboy

    Teaboy It definitely looks brighter over there..

    Yeah, agreed. Its another dogs dinner of a squad for a major tournament.
     
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