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Thoughts on the 2018 World Cup . .
« on: July 13, 2018, 06:38:34 PM »

I saw all the England games and was unconvinced, amongst all the pundit/media hullabaloo, that England were playing well. Of course, England's performance was better than in Euro 2016 but they never seemed to have the same energy or passing of the better teams on show.

Tunisia, Panama, Columbia and Sweden are not in the top flight but a win IS a win. So well done for that. But against Belgium and Croatia, we were clearly second best. Just MO. Rashford and Loftus-Cheek could have been given more games/time ?

A very good article in the 'i' newspaper today :-

''England will not get a better opportunity for a World Cup in decades''

''When the cheers finally die down, the spray of a thousand launched pints settle and the hangovers begin to take hold, some harsh realities after a month of dreaming will set in. This was England’s best chance to reach a World Cup final – to win it, even – since 1966. It could well be their best for the next half century. Cars will likely drive themselves, football will be played by robots and social media will be surgically implanted into the brain at birth the next time England are presented with an opportunity like that. If you are anywhere over the age of 30 there is a good chance you won’t be around to see it.

The odds on a World Cup knockout draw opening up in such an extraordinary way as it has in Russia – one half packed with heavyweights, the other distinctly light – are so slim if they turned side on you would be hard-pressed to see them. That England could’ve reached a World Cup final beating Tunisia, Panama, Colombia, Sweden and Croatia was unthinkable before the tournament. Compare that to finalists France, who knocked out Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium en route
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This is a sobering thought for us dreamers :-

''England only generated six shots on target from open play, in 10 hours of football: two against Tunisia, two against Panama, one against Belgium and one against Sweden. One of them was an off target Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot which hit Kane’s heel and went in.''

A good read .

https://inews.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/england-world-cup-next-2022-team-gareth-southgate-rebuilding/
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Re: Thoughts on the 2018 World Cup . .
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2018, 08:54:09 PM »

Bit harsh Roger. I thought England did pretty well  before the "coming home" hype got a bit overblown. Bear in mind that they have scored more goals than in 1966, they could yet finish 3rd, they have the likely golden boot winner and its been enjoyable. Southgate has done a good job and created a team that play for each other. We have got further than Spain, Germany, Brazil and Argentina. Not too bad an effort.
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Re: Thoughts on the 2018 World Cup . .
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2018, 12:54:54 AM »

Hi Teess. A bit harsh maybe. But 6 shots from open play in 10 hours of football  ???
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Re: Thoughts on the 2018 World Cup . .
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2018, 01:18:46 PM »

Wow what a game ! After 30 minutes, France were on the rack, as Croatia battled to get back into it. Then that penalty - NO WAY IMO. The Croatia arm drops to touch the ball but the other arm was going down too as he drops from his jump. Hard to argue that as a deliberate touch ?

France scored 2 great breakaway goals to wrap it up. Well played Croatia who fought like tigers and had some really outstanding performers. With a bit of luck Croatia's way - the result might have been different ?

Hugo Lloris will remember his 'moment' for a long time  ;)

Dear Mr Putin presented the medals of course - that would have been interesting if England had won ??? Noting that Harry Kane didn't wait to collect his 'Golden boot' and I don't blame him - no doubt he'd like a break and at least he avoided the Putin problem.

Teess - I didn't think England performed well in the 2nd Belgium game either. No lack of effort but our team look 'ponderous' in comparison to many - too many pass backs and a dearth of one touch passing and patterned attacking. So we beat Tunisia, Panama, Columbia and Sweden BUT lose twice to Belgium and to Croatia. It's not good. But I would agree we've improved a little.

Anyway well done to Southgate and the squad - I thought they played with good discipline generally and without too much diving and whingeing - in contrast to many teams.


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Re: Thoughts after the 2018 World Cup . .
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2018, 03:48:33 PM »

After 3 defeats in a row, England scraped a 1-0 win against Switzerland, who dominated the first half and according to Danny Rose, could have been 0-3 up after 45 mins !

In the 2nd half, Marcus Rashford scored his 2nd goal in 2 games - IMO Rashford would have done well if Southgate had showed faith in him at the World Cup.

Next up for England in the UEFA Nations League  :-\ are Spain, 6-0 conquerors of World Cup finalists, Croatia. MMMmmmm.

A bit early to think Southgate has cracked it IMO.
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Re: Thoughts on the 2018 World Cup . .
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2018, 04:56:33 PM »

England played Spain last week at Wembley and lost 2-1.
I think Croatia are next in October
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Re: Thoughts after the 2018 World Cup . .
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2018, 05:07:04 PM »

Hi Jivvy. You're right, Croatia and then Spain again in October . . .Too many games IMHO.
They keep interrupting the EPL  :(
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