Page 16 of 17 FirstFirst ... 61314151617 LastLast
Results 151 to 160 of 165
  1. #151
    Members Garry Nelson's Left Foot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    tokyo
    Posts
    8,771


    0 Not allowed!
    I just want to be entertained by England. Play with a bit of vim and vigour and create a bit of excitement. It shouldn't be much to ask but when I think about it the last time that happened was 2004. Just have a go and see what happens. no one's expecting the trophy or the final or even the semi finals so go out on our shields not in a limp, lifeless, petrified way where we haven't lain a glove on our opponents.*









    *I'm talking about the team not the russian army/fans....

    • North Stand Chat

      advertising
      Join Date: Jul 2003
      Posts: Lots

        


    • #152
      Mama said knock you out. LlcoolJ's Avatar
      Join Date
      Oct 2009
      Location
      Sheffield
      Posts
      7,533


      0 Not allowed!
      Quote Originally Posted by Easy 10 View Post
      This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote

      We'll rarely get a better path of opportunity towards the sharp end of the tournament than this.
      I've read that before. Too many times.....
    • #153
      Brain dead MUG SHEEP Easy 10's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jul 2003
      Location
      Location Location
      Posts
      51,855


      0 Not allowed!
      Quote Originally Posted by LlcoolJ View Post
      This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
      I've read that before. Too many times.....
      Me too. And going into the last World Cup we looked like being on a hiding to nothing right from the off. Facing Italy in the middle of the jungle first, then Uruguay with a fired-up Suarez next, followed by Costa Rica. Horrible group, terrible order of games, and sure enough, to nobodies real surprise, we duly got dry humped in the first 2 games and that was that.

      I don't feel thats the case this time though. We have a good chance of progressing. Its whether we have the gumption to seize it.
      "But you accept that there is an increased risk of vehicle/bat collision"
    • #154
      Mama said knock you out. LlcoolJ's Avatar
      Join Date
      Oct 2009
      Location
      Sheffield
      Posts
      7,533


      0 Not allowed!
      Quote Originally Posted by Easy 10 View Post
      This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
      Me too. And going into the last World Cup we looked like being on a hiding to nothing right from the off. Facing Italy in the middle of the jungle first, then Uruguay with a fired-up Suarez next, followed by Costa Rica. Horrible group, terrible order of games, and sure enough, to nobodies real surprise, we duly got dry humped in the first 2 games and that was that.

      I don't feel thats the case this time though. We have a good chance of progressing. Its whether we have the gumption to seize it.
      Very true. I'm just still scarred by the South Africa fiasco where we also had a "very easy" group and a route to the quarters.
    • #155
      Members
      Join Date
      Aug 2008
      Location
      The land of chocolate
      Posts
      966


      0 Not allowed!
      Quote Originally Posted by spring hall convert View Post
      This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
      Did you miss our youth level results last year? I'm sure I'll be corrected if I have this wrong but didn't the U-17's, U-18's & U-19's win their respective tournaments with the U-21's making a semi final?
      You are correct. The U17s deservedly won the World Cup, beating Brazil in the SF and Spain in the final 5-2 (without their arguably best player Jadon Sancho for the knock out rounds) and were also runners-up in the Euros. U19s won the Euros.

      In addition the U20s won the world cup.

      I cannot agree that the future looks bleak either, but it is dependent on these players getting sufficient opportunities, either here or (increasingly) abroad. We have groups of players coming through used to spending long periods away from home, enjoy playing for England and are winning tournaments.

      Having said that, I don't have any great expectations for this WC. I'd probably settle for the QF and not looking like we are scared and jaded.
      Don't make me run. I am full of chocolate.
    • #156

      0 Not allowed!
      With 5 defenders and the likes of Dier protecting the CBs we should be hard to break down - indeed, we've only conceded 3 goals in our last 9 games that included matches against Germany, Brazil, Holland and Italy.

      The second key factor is Harry Kane. I'm surprised the media aren't making more of him because he's as important to England as Rooney ever was, particularly as there aren't the goals from midfield now like there were with Lampard and Gerrard.
      "Intercluderent aut mori"
    • #157

      0 Not allowed!
      Quote Originally Posted by Uter View Post
      This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
      I cannot agree that the future looks bleak either, but it is dependent on these players getting sufficient opportunities, either here or (increasingly) abroad.
      Yup sure. But the FA's first task was to start producing players that are technically gifted enough to compete with the best on the global stage and it looks like they've done it.
    • #158
      Members
      Join Date
      Aug 2008
      Location
      The land of chocolate
      Posts
      966


      0 Not allowed!
      Quote Originally Posted by spring hall convert View Post
      This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
      Yup sure. But the FA's first task was to start producing players that are technically gifted enough to compete with the best on the global stage and it looks like they've done it.
      Absolutely. The technical levels are at a very high level now, and in particular the U17s last season were absolutely fantastic to watch. The polar opposite of watching the seniors over the last 10-15 years. The technical foundations are in place.

      I don't really know why, but PL managers seem much more cautious when it comes to playing youngsters than say, the Bundesliga, so translating that youth success into first team minutes is still going to be hard. It's heartening to see more youngsters get savvy and turn down potentially more lucrative deals here and look abroad to further their careers.
      Don't make me run. I am full of chocolate.
    • #159
      I've asked for soup Mellotron's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jul 2008
      Location
      Brighton
      Posts
      23,374


      0 Not allowed!
      Quote Originally Posted by Easy 10 View Post
      This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
      It wouldn't be a walk in the park against Colombia, and were we playing them in South American conditions my arsecheeks would most certainly be more tightly clenched. They're no mugs. Look, we've lost to Iceland, so we're capable of losing to anyone. But I'd be reasonably confident of getting the better of Colombia, and if we didn't, that would be pretty piss-poor IMO.

      We'll rarely get a better path of opportunity towards the sharp end of the tournament than this.
      I'm not convinced losing to a team containing James Rodriguez would be "piss poor". We're probably about the 10th best country in the world right now, man for man. Colombia would be similar for me.
      ""Football. F***ing football. Imagine not being into it. Those poor, poor half-alive ********."
    • #160
      Brain dead MUG SHEEP Easy 10's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jul 2003
      Location
      Location Location
      Posts
      51,855


      0 Not allowed!
      Quote Originally Posted by Mellotron View Post
      This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
      I'm not convinced losing to a team containing James Rodriguez would be "piss poor". We're probably about the 10th best country in the world right now, man for man. Colombia would be similar for me.
      Meh. Has around a 1 in 3 goal ratio (greatly boosted by playing for RM in a 2 team league). He's built his career off one INCREDIBLE World Cup volley in Brazil. He's alright, but would I swap him for Harry Kane ?

      Nope.
      "But you accept that there is an increased risk of vehicle/bat collision"

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •