Discussion in 'World Cup 2018' started by Lord Camomile, Dec 1, 2017.
Perfectly put sir
Who's not in there who should have been?
Dunno man, Milner? Lallana? Just some kind of genuine midfielder. Who can put a tackle in, break up attacks etc. We've got Dier and Henderson and that's it. Maybe Loftus Cheek is going to play there, or Delph? Surely we must have some?
It feels like when the last WC squad was announced and then we got there and Hodgson hadn't picked anyone who could take a corner.
Dele Alli, Sterling, Lingard and Rashford is probably going a bit overboard on the "not quite a midfielder, not quite a striker" bit.
"We're gonna score one more than you, nanana...nanana"
Erm, have you seen our centre backs?
I think we'll need to average 7 goals a game in order to consistently score one more than the oppo. Anyway, who will replace Southgate in the summer?
you just need a wider range of cook books.
Walker, Cahill, Maguire centre backs
All ex blades. Out in the group stage.
Maguire, Walker and Stones are class, I'm not sure that's where our problems will come from to be honest.
Keeper error or getting overrun in central midfield on the other hand...
Wonder if Chris Smalling is regretting not keeping his gob shut last year? Otherwise might have played himself back into contention. Probably not, he presumably got a bit ranty only after being told he'd been dropped permanently.
Ha ha ha.
You're right! That's 6 full backs in there What's that all about?
i really england's gonna do well this time.
maybe worth a flutter at 18/1
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20/1 since the squad was announced
Who would you have instead though?
Gomez and Mawson might have been in with a shout but they're injured, no one else leaps to mind.
There isn't anyone else, really. You could have changed in Tarkowski or Keane, whatever. England has lacked high class centre backs for a quite while now. We will always concede.
It's a decent yet unspectacular squad, if used well.
Walker Dier Stones
Trippier Henderson RLC Rose
Alli --- Sterling
That's a solid enough side with plenty going forward. However, there's a school of thought which says we'll play Henderson and Dier in midfield (sacrificing one of the forwards) which means we'll see plenty of the ball then wonder why we can't break down a side playing deep.
Shoulda put Shelvey in there to play deep alongside Henderson with Dier in front of them, Sterling and Lingard/Rashford wide and Kane up top. Although has to be said there aren't (m)any quality creative central mids available right now. Can we just not try and sneak Ericsson in and claim he's "basically" English?
No, we already tried that. The results were disappointing.
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He played two holding midfielders at wembley against the mighty Slovenia. A 94th minute goal put them to the sword I can't imagine any decent side that England meet will be too bothered by that midfield. Like most limited managers, he will set them up not to lose and either omit or shackle any flair or attacking players.
You would get better odds abroad. They are shorter here because daft people get patriotic and back them.
Another sphincter licking yes man.
Someone with a really sore perm or mullet.
Home before the postcards
I might have a quid on Egypt @ 200/1. Quarter of the odds if they make the semis, Salah will score a few i reckon.
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