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>> No. 9148 Anonymous
25th May 2021
Tuesday 9:26 am
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I've been thinking about it and I'm fairly certain that football's coming home.

England have such an abundance of riches that Southgate has had to delay naming his provisional squad.
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>> No. 9149 Anonymous
25th May 2021
Tuesday 9:31 am
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The winner of Group D faces the runner-up of Group F in the first knockout round. The runner-up of Group D faces the runner-up of Group E.
>> No. 9150 Anonymous
25th May 2021
Tuesday 9:55 am
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>England have such an abundance of riches that Southgate has had to delay naming his provisional squad.
Folk keep saying this as though no other European side is in the same boat.

Nice to see Macedon there too, didn't know they'd qualified.
>> No. 9151 Anonymous
25th May 2021
Tuesday 10:00 am
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>>9150
>Folk keep saying this as though no other European side is in the same boat.

Apart from France, Germany and Belgium there's nobody I'm overly concerned by. The Spanish squad is surprisingly weak and doesn't include a single Real player.

>Nice to see Macedon there too, didn't know they'd qualified.

Pandev banged in the winner for them in the play-offs. He'll be 38 in July.
>> No. 9152 Anonymous
25th May 2021
Tuesday 10:09 am
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The atmosphere when we're doing alright is fantastic, you see a lot of camaraderie and people seem a lot happier/drunker. I just want to see what it's like when we actually win.
>> No. 9153 Anonymous
25th May 2021
Tuesday 1:11 pm
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>>9152
Also, wife beating goes up by 28% if they win, and 35% if they lose.

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0022427813494843
>> No. 9154 Anonymous
25th May 2021
Tuesday 1:21 pm
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So we could reduce domestic violence by around a third by banning football?
>> No. 9155 Anonymous
25th May 2021
Tuesday 1:46 pm
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>>9154
But then it would go up even more.
>> No. 9156 Anonymous
25th May 2021
Tuesday 1:53 pm
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There's a pleasing lack of Eric Dier here.

Not sure which seven will be cut, but I'm surprised Bamford didn't make the provisional squad. I also expected Konsa to make it, particularly as he's been playing alongside Mings on defence all season, and Tomori has done well for Milan since joining in January.
>> No. 9157 Anonymous
25th May 2021
Tuesday 2:23 pm
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>>9156
>Trashford
>Benderson
>Mongs
>Bakayaro Saka

A lot of chaff really but at least Madison isn't on there. I'd be interested to see how Grealish handles international footy.
>> No. 9158 Anonymous
25th May 2021
Tuesday 2:29 pm
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>>9157
Maddison hasn't really regained fitness after getting injured earlier in the year, plus I think Southgate doesn't like him.

Southgate also seems reluctant to use Grealish. I expect he'll be used as understudy to Foden.
>> No. 9159 Anonymous
1st June 2021
Tuesday 7:18 pm
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Four right-backs, no JLingz.
>> No. 9160 Anonymous
1st June 2021
Tuesday 8:55 pm
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>>9159
Only five of those are people I have never heard of, and two of those are the goalies. It's coming home, lads.
>> No. 9182 Anonymous
11th June 2021
Friday 8:00 pm
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I got a great big smile on my face seeing a crowd in the stadium in the Turkey v Italy game just now.
>> No. 9183 Anonymous
11th June 2021
Friday 8:05 pm
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If there's one thing you can be certain of whatever is happening in the world, it's that England will do shit in the football. Not properly shit like we're really bad at it, where it's endearing to see us try and cheer us on to an unlikely quarter final; just shit shit, a team who are capable of winning but simply can't be arsed.

Are you lot seriously deluding yourselves that England won't be completely, predictably, true to form, shit?
>> No. 9184 Anonymous
11th June 2021
Friday 8:05 pm
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>>9183
It's coming home.
>> No. 9185 Anonymous
11th June 2021
Friday 8:07 pm
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>>9184

Bet you a tenner it int.
>> No. 9186 Anonymous
11th June 2021
Friday 8:18 pm
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>>9184
... on its way across the border. Scotland will give you an upset and Wales will pull a shock victory over Italy on their way to the trophy.
>> No. 9187 Anonymous
11th June 2021
Friday 8:18 pm
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>>9185
I'm no thief, you keep your money.
>> No. 9188 Anonymous
11th June 2021
Friday 10:25 pm
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>>9183
I was expecting England to reach the semi-finals and then get spanked by a much better team. After filling in likely outcomes for the matches, I think quarter-finals are more likely. How depressingly predictable if we return to our traditional quarter-final losses every tournament.

Another prediction I made is that England need to lose an early group game, to remind them that they do need to fight to win matches. England are always cursed with complacency, like the match is a victory lap before they are handed the trophy they've already won. They never seem to be aware that they actually need to try to win. This is a terrible curse for the English national team, of course, but it does raise a new Best Possible Scenario: what if Scotland beat England in the group stages, for the official funniest result ever, and then that spurs England on to win the whole tournament? Just imagine that.
>> No. 9189 Anonymous
11th June 2021
Friday 10:43 pm
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>>9188

... No, no I don't think it's worth it. You know what the Scots are like. They'll be saying we stole their trophy for the next twenty years.
>> No. 9190 Anonymous
12th June 2021
Saturday 12:00 am
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>>9189
Scotland beat the world cup winning England side in '67 and still cast it up for banter. It was a pretty good game, that Scotland side was arguably better than ours at the time regardless of us being reigning World Champions.

That's not the case this time. If they beat us, it'll be because they upped their game and we underestimated them and it'll be acknowledged as that, outside of a bit of bragging rights of "we beat the Euro Champs".
>> No. 9191 Anonymous
12th June 2021
Saturday 5:27 pm
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Wales were shite.
>> No. 9192 Anonymous
12th June 2021
Saturday 6:58 pm
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Severe emotional rollercoaster: Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during Denmark-Finland, and the only question since then has been whether it will be another Marc-Vivien Foe (who died on the pitch) or another Fabrice Muamba (who survived).

Latest news is that it's looking like more of a Muamba situation (this picture shows him awake after his collapse), and that's still horrific but it's really the best anyone could have hoped for.
>> No. 9193 Anonymous
13th June 2021
Sunday 1:17 pm
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There's not many people flying England flags this year.
>> No. 9194 Anonymous
13th June 2021
Sunday 3:51 pm
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Haha, yes, man!
>> No. 9195 Anonymous
13th June 2021
Sunday 4:39 pm
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Football status:

[ ] Not coming home.
[x] Coming home.
>> No. 9196 Anonymous
14th June 2021
Monday 7:56 am
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The best thing about yesterday was the complete lack of the England band.
>> No. 9197 Anonymous
14th June 2021
Monday 9:54 am
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I wouldn't have expected an Austrian to get up to racist shenanigans.
>> No. 9198 Anonymous
14th June 2021
Monday 10:06 am
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>>9196
Do they even do a song? It seems like they do the same few notes over and over for ninety minutes. I'll be honest I don't hate them all that much, but they could earn themselves a lot of goodwill by learning how to play music, like a lot of bands really.
>> No. 9199 Anonymous
14th June 2021
Monday 10:39 am
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>>9198
They play about three notes from September by Earth, Wind & Fire.
>> No. 9200 Anonymous
14th June 2021
Monday 1:59 pm
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The Scottish anthem is so much better than the English one.
>> No. 9201 Anonymous
14th June 2021
Monday 2:00 pm
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>>9200
Hearing my own death rattle would be better than England's national anthem.
>> No. 9202 Anonymous
14th June 2021
Monday 3:03 pm
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It's not even about the nation, it's just about the Queen. Does it change when there's a King to be about him instead? I just looked up the Italian, German, French and Spanish national anthems and they all have better lyrics than ours.
>> No. 9203 Anonymous
14th June 2021
Monday 3:04 pm
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>>9202
>Does it change when there's a King to be about him instead?
Apparently so. It even gets personalised with their name. That's pathetic.
>> No. 9204 Anonymous
14th June 2021
Monday 3:23 pm
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>>9193
Politicians bought them all. Ironically, they did so to resemble the rest of us.
>> No. 9205 Anonymous
14th June 2021
Monday 4:08 pm
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Grealish would have an absolute field day against that Scottish defence. I'm surprised they didn't work out that repeatedly crossing the ball into a box with seven Czech defenders who are all about half a foot taller than your attackers wasn't going to work.
>> No. 9206 Anonymous
14th June 2021
Monday 4:40 pm
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>>9202

>Spanish national anthem

The Spanish national anthem doesn't have any official lyrics. They got rid of the old fascist lyrics when Franco was deposed, but they didn't get around to writing any new lyrics.

You can make your own joke about the Spanish work ethic.


>> No. 9207 Anonymous
14th June 2021
Monday 6:40 pm
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>>9206
>The Spanish national anthem doesn't have any official lyrics

I know.
>> No. 9208 Anonymous
14th June 2021
Monday 7:36 pm
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>>9206
According to the BBC's "How to Invent a Country" it's got no lyrics because all the various regions of Spain couldn't agree to any, on account of all the inter-regional rivalry. Well, that's what Misha Glenny said anyway.
>> No. 9209 Anonymous
15th June 2021
Tuesday 2:17 pm
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I just saw the video of Ronaldo moving the Coke Cola bottles and I like him again now.
>> No. 9210 Anonymous
15th June 2021
Tuesday 6:13 pm
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Has a footballer ever gone to ground and cupped their face with both hands and actually been wounded?
>> No. 9211 Anonymous
15th June 2021
Tuesday 6:15 pm
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>>9210

Christian Eriken, Marc-Vivien Foe and Fabrice Muamba.
>> No. 9212 Anonymous
15th June 2021
Tuesday 6:45 pm
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TSUUU!
>> No. 9213 Anonymous
15th June 2021
Tuesday 9:58 pm
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France are scary as fuck. It's going to take something special to get the beating of them.
>> No. 9214 Anonymous
16th June 2021
Wednesday 12:10 am
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>>9213
Well, they are the tournament favourites. But if they're anything like my Euro 2021 fantasy football team, and they very much are, you can really screw them up by disallowing two of their goals for offside even though the rest of my team has done absolutely bugger all so far.
>> No. 9215 Anonymous
16th June 2021
Wednesday 3:57 am
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>>9214
Not to mention being denied a clear penalty. What a burst of pace from Mbappé.
>> No. 9216 Anonymous
16th June 2021
Wednesday 1:05 pm
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>>9213
They seemed to be going at about 75% too, which is probably just how Deschamps wants them to play this early on. Germany are a bit rough around the edges and France only won with an OG, but that Mbappe fella' is someone I don't wan to see in a foot race with a not-quite-fit Harry Maguire towards the England goal any time soon.
>> No. 9217 Anonymous
16th June 2021
Wednesday 2:13 pm
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Fucking Keown, Jesus Christ. I'd rather have that photo of a shite OtherLad posted on co-commentary.
>> No. 9218 Anonymous
16th June 2021
Wednesday 3:33 pm
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>>9217
I like Keown.
>> No. 9219 Anonymous
16th June 2021
Wednesday 5:58 pm
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>>9218
Shut up, Keown.
>> No. 9220 Anonymous
16th June 2021
Wednesday 6:06 pm
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Between this TV show and the recent purchase of Wrexham FC, why are American celebrities taking this interest in football? What's going on?
>> No. 9221 Anonymous
16th June 2021
Wednesday 6:21 pm
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>>9220

Taking an interest in football is a liberal status symbol over there. When COVID stops you from filling your Insta with holiday snaps and exotic restaurant meals, getting into a foreign sport is a useful way of showing that you're cosmopolitan.
>> No. 9222 Anonymous
17th June 2021
Thursday 8:39 am
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I unironically like this shirt, even though it's fucking Ladbaby.

https://www.inthestyle.com/ladbaby-euros-white-three-lions-unisex-t-shirt


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPs706EQEN0
>> No. 9223 Anonymous
17th June 2021
Thursday 9:22 am
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>>9222
Never heard of him. Now it turns out he's been Christmas number one for 3 years in a row? Fucking hell, what's become of us?
>> No. 9224 Anonymous
17th June 2021
Thursday 10:05 am
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>>9222
Why? It looks like they took fifteen minutes to design the lot. I'm almost a bit offended by how lazy the designs are and I'm not even buying one.

>>9223
I think that's a bit like being a "New York Times bestseller" since they started counting streams, if that makes you feel any better.
>> No. 9225 Anonymous
17th June 2021
Thursday 10:17 am
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>>9222
>> No. 9226 Anonymous
17th June 2021
Thursday 2:53 pm
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I'm going to start calling the Greek one South Macedonia.
>> No. 9227 Anonymous
17th June 2021
Thursday 3:02 pm
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>>9226
It seems like a funny thing for the Greeks to get their knickers in a twist about.
>> No. 9228 Anonymous
17th June 2021
Thursday 3:28 pm
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Whenever someone says Macedonia, I hear them, but my mind can't help but think of Montenegro instead. I cannot wrap my head around the notion that they are two separate places. Please don't let the maniacs in the dolphin rape thread find out about me.
>> No. 9229 Anonymous
17th June 2021
Thursday 4:31 pm
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>>9226
Agreed, the whole world needs to start doing this. Fair's fair.
>> No. 9230 Anonymous
17th June 2021
Thursday 6:35 pm
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Lukaku, man, what the Hell. It's like having two players for the price of one with him on the pitch.
>> No. 9232 Anonymous
18th June 2021
Friday 4:25 am
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>>9230
I maintain that Belgium will make a deep run in the Euros purely on the back of Lukaku being on an absolute mission. He's been in the press a few times the last season or two frustrated that he's one of the best strikers in the world, and doesn't get the recognition he deserves.
>> No. 9233 Anonymous
18th June 2021
Friday 5:35 am
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>>9231
They'd face Italy in the quarter-finals if they both top their groups. I'd expect Italy to edge it as the Belgian defence is a little shaky.
>> No. 9234 Anonymous
18th June 2021
Friday 7:12 pm
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Just fucking start Grealish.
>> No. 9235 Anonymous
18th June 2021
Friday 7:43 pm
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I am ambivalent about Grealish.
>> No. 9236 Anonymous
18th June 2021
Friday 8:14 pm
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Alright, maybe we should have started Grealish instead of Mount.
>> No. 9237 Anonymous
18th June 2021
Friday 8:51 pm
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>>9236
I'd have him on for Sterling. Him and Kane have offered pretty much fuck all so far in the tournament, but it'll get overlooked because of Sterling managing to bundle the ball in against Croatia.
>> No. 9238 Anonymous
18th June 2021
Friday 8:52 pm
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It's half-time in England vs Scotland, and it's 0-0, which I thought might happen. I am therefore confident in my other predictions, that if Scotland score first in the second half, this will be an all-time great match, but if England score first, it will just be a rout and end 3-0 or 4-0. I've been right so far, so feel free to trust me completely.

The first goal will be around the 50th minute too, by the way.
>> No. 9239 Anonymous
18th June 2021
Friday 9:33 pm
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I'm currently feeling justified in not watching it, having been thoroughly bored and/or disappointed by the vast majority of previous England games I've watched. Now I've said that I'll no doubt miss a great ending.
>> No. 9240 Anonymous
18th June 2021
Friday 9:50 pm
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Why are England also so... turgid? Bloody Hell. Whatever, that's a point.

>>9238
Got this week's lottery numbers? Don't bother.
>> No. 9241 Anonymous
18th June 2021
Friday 9:54 pm
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Well, that was shit. Scotland were the more dangerous team so it's a good job they don't have anyone who can actually finish.

>>9240
>Why are England also so... turgid?

Southgate.
>> No. 9242 Anonymous
18th June 2021
Friday 9:57 pm
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>>9239
The first half was thrilling. At half-time, England realised that they don't want to win the group and Scotland decided a point was worth it, and they just gave up. Even the allegedly godlike Jack Grealish couldn't kickstart any excitement, and in the end we all just witnessed the 4D chess of Gareth Southgate putting a stop to traditional English complacency.
>> No. 9243 Anonymous
18th June 2021
Friday 10:01 pm
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>>9241
Perhaps you're right about Southgate. Sterling has been doing the same mediocre runs for England since the days of Edward the Confessor and I don't understand why he wasn't taken off in and Foden was, so weird.
>> No. 9244 Anonymous
18th June 2021
Friday 10:05 pm
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SCOTLAND WIN 0-0
>> No. 9245 Anonymous
18th June 2021
Friday 10:06 pm
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Congrats to Scotland on the 0-0 victory against evil England!
>> No. 9246 Anonymous
18th June 2021
Friday 10:15 pm
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>>9243
Sterling has played the full 90 minutes in both matches despite the fact he's had a relatively poor season and today he specialised in slowing down attacks or dribbling into traffic. It's not like we don't have alternatives in this area; Jadon Sancho hasn't even played a single minute.

He keeps starting Kane and then replacing him with Rashford and they've offered pretty much fuck all because they're quite clearly jaded after a long season. Calvert-Lewin deserves a chance. He could at the very least hold the ball up and be a focal point for attacks.

He started two defensive midfielders against Scotland, fucking Scotland, when they're more than happy to sit back. Someone like Bellingham should have been on the field.

It's fucking anti-football.
>> No. 9247 Anonymous
19th June 2021
Saturday 1:32 pm
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https://twitter.com/stewartloveNFL/status/1406208446865850371
>> No. 9248 Anonymous
19th June 2021
Saturday 2:25 pm
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Did anyone see that ludicrous display last night?
>> No. 9249 Anonymous
19th June 2021
Saturday 2:27 pm
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Is football always this boring? I feel like everyone was being way too conservative and defensive. Even in bonus time, they should have just gone for it instead of passing backwards and forwards, fortune favours the bold and all that.
>> No. 9250 Anonymous
19th June 2021
Saturday 6:51 pm
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>>9249
Seen the Portugal v Germany match yet then?
>> No. 9251 Anonymous
19th June 2021
Saturday 7:03 pm
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What is it with all these national teams that have experienced Marxist utopia not taking the knee? You'd think they would encourage it.
>> No. 9252 Anonymous
19th June 2021
Saturday 7:36 pm
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>>9251
Identity politics is a bourgeois diversion from the class struggle. Having abolished the bourgeoisie, there is nobody to talk about kneeling. Whether or not there is police brutality, I cannot say, because I am [strikethrough]white[/strikethrough] bourgeois.
>> No. 9253 Anonymous
19th June 2021
Saturday 7:37 pm
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>>9252
Fuck. Also, not knowing the BBCode for doing a line through a word is not a crime, otherwise I'd have been gunned down long ago.
>> No. 9254 Anonymous
19th June 2021
Saturday 7:51 pm
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>>9253

Shame on you. You should have consulted the funky gibbon. It knows all.
>> No. 9255 Anonymous
19th June 2021
Saturday 8:19 pm
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>>9251
Not every country out there wants to ape America. If we look at domestic football then Wilfried Zaha has said he finds taking the knee and wearing BLM branded t-shirts degrading; he would rather stand tall. Similarly, Bournemouth stopped taking the knee because they felt the gesture had run its course and feel it's more symbolic to stand together. QPR stopped doing it because they felt the purpose of doing so had been diluted, with it being as hollow as jumping on the latest feel-good trend whilst UEFA/FIFA aren't doing enough to tackle incidents of dolphin rape so they'd rather focus on their own local community initiatives.
>> No. 9256 Anonymous
19th June 2021
Saturday 8:23 pm
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Could you FUCK OFF out of the football thread before I stab you through the fucking eyes, you massive fucking cunts. Is the rest of the site not enough room, you gibbering shit-for-brains? Fucking hell.
>> No. 9257 Anonymous
19th June 2021
Saturday 8:33 pm
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>>9256
If you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem.
>> No. 9258 Anonymous
19th June 2021
Saturday 8:35 pm
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>>9257
The solution is killing these fuckwits, cutting them open and posting their organs one by one in little sandwich bags to their grieving mothers.
>> No. 9259 Anonymous
19th June 2021
Saturday 9:25 pm
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>>9257
What if he is part of the solution overall, he's just a bit fucked off with being told otherwise?
>> No. 9260 Anonymous
20th June 2021
Sunday 1:06 am
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I'm reasonably certain the England team are as committed to The Cause of BLM or whatever it even is now, every bit as much as their believe Nike are the best trainers and need their brand highlighted on the world stage.

I really don't think it's worth getting pissy over, because football is the most commercial sport going. Supporting the latest trendy thing is good marketing. Same for any number of the companies who put their rainbow picture on Twitter for pride month and all that, it's all hollow branding.

Incidentally that's what tells you the socially-lefty worldview is actually the majority in the West, nowadays. If companies are branding to market towards it, that means it's the biggest market. We won. The revolution already succeeded, and it's time we moved on to the pressing issue: Wealth.

How much does a player like Marcus Rashford make in a year these days anyway? I'll answer that for you, it's ten million pounds a year. Ten million, a million tens. £10,000,000.
>> No. 9261 Anonymous
20th June 2021
Sunday 1:31 am
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>>9260
>Incidentally that's what tells you the socially-lefty worldview is actually the majority in the West, nowadays.

That's an odd way of saying it appeals to middle class white people.
>> No. 9262 Anonymous
20th June 2021
Sunday 8:51 am
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>>9261

The demographic that makes up the make up the majority westerners, yes.
>> No. 9263 Anonymous
20th June 2021
Sunday 9:19 am
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>>9255
I sympathise, but I'm pretty sure that's not why people are booing it and complaining about it.
>> No. 9264 Anonymous
20th June 2021
Sunday 10:18 am
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>>9260
Or they naivly think that twitter is reflective of the majority.
>> No. 9265 Anonymous
20th June 2021
Sunday 11:06 am
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>>9263
Has anyone actually asked?
>> No. 9266 Anonymous
20th June 2021
Sunday 6:40 pm
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If only we had a UK wide national team, we could have Kane and Bale up top and not score for a hundred years.
>> No. 9267 Anonymous
20th June 2021
Sunday 6:59 pm
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Not a bad result for Wales. The runner-up of Group B (Finland, Russia or Denmark) in the round of 16 followed by most likely the Netherlands in the quarters.
>> No. 9268 Anonymous
21st June 2021
Monday 4:41 pm
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As I have been saying since the build-up to the tournament, Jack Grealish has to start. One thing we have seen, watching him and Raheem Sterling in the two opening games, is how differently England and Manchester City play, and how difficult that makes it for Phil Foden especially to adapt.

City play in the final third. They keep possession there. And Foden is not a dribbler but a player who plays nice little passes and moves into good positions. At City, the movement of players around him enables it. You will see Kevin De Bruyne making a run into the inside channel, Kyle Walker running on Foden’s outside and Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez making movements infield, and it all happening at speed.

City will play quick five-yard passes before a little movement — not a big one — will free Foden up and he has licence to go into the spaces and play as a No 9, at times, or No 10 at others. Whereas with England he is a bit isolated out wide and when he receives the ball, the possession is slow and there is little happening around him. That means he then has to dribble — and if you are playing in such a way that, from your wide players, dribbling is what is required then why not play Grealish and Jadon Sancho, two of the best at doing it.

Against Scotland, I watched Foden getting the ball, playing it to Reece James, not getting it back and nothing really happening. The ball would then go to the centre backs and out to the other side and the tempo was slow. I thought this might happen. I was saying before the tournament that we have to calm down on Foden hype because even though he is an unbelievable talent, you cannot expect young players to come and tear tournaments up. I love Foden as a footballer but you have to realise that, for four years and more, he has been moulded into a City player. Pep Guardiola did not let him go on loan, or experience a different style of football — his whole adult career has been spent playing the Guardiola/City way. It is hard for him to turn up and just change how he has been playing since the age of 16.

Grealish commits defenders. You saw it in glimpses yesterday. What that game showed is that when you are against a side who are playing well defensively, in a good shape and hard to break down, you need players to commit the full backs. It makes a massive difference, opening up gaps where other players can come in and play.

The Czechs are similar in style to Scotland, even if they have a different formation, and I would use Sancho against them too. I would also play Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front with Harry Kane. Why? Well, in both games Harry has been isolated — especially against Scotland where he had to play against three centre halves, which is always very difficult for a single striker. Calvert-Lewin could make a difference. He can run channels, occupy the centre backs, win headers and bring the crossing ability of someone like James into play. He could do for England what Olivier Giroud does for France, offering that different option. Kane could play more in the No 10 role he has started occupying for Spurs.

I have spoken about the need for him, for England, to stay high up, play within the width of the goal and be a No 9 but instead he has dropped deep — especially against Croatia. If that is the way Harry is going to play, you might as well play with a No 9 and free Harry to be in the role he now seems to prefer. Adapt the team to him. You certainly do not drop him — he has to play. It will be obvious to everyone that he has not had the best two games but he is England’s most natural goalscorer by far, so he has to be on the pitch. He just needs better service and to be more connected to the rest of the team. Another change we need is for Jordan Pickford to speed his distribution up. He is taking far too long at goal kicks, keeping England’s tempo slow and giving the opposition time to get back in shape.


https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/phil-foden-is-moulded-as-a-manchester-city-player-that-doesnt-help-england-ds00kh83d

Rooney's Euros column in The Times. Can't really argue with that.
>> No. 9269 Anonymous
21st June 2021
Monday 5:19 pm
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Articles like this get in the player's heads. It happened at the 2010 World Cup, where the players completely turned on the manager, because they agreed with pundits that X should be starting over Y.

John Terry did a fucking press conference about it. It was mental. Ultimately, Rooney isn't there and isn't watching them train.
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