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    A great tournament, were we beat two very low ranked teams, effectively drew with a middle ranked team (but won the penalties) and have lost twice (shortly to be three times) to decent teams.

    So yes a great tournament
    I wouldn't be that negative, though am forced to agree that the teams England beat were far from world class. We were favoured in being in the easier half of the draw, but then again you can only beat the teams that are put in front of you.

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      But we do get to be unlucky losers.

      It's hard to imagine another tournament being laid out so nicely for England, still on they go again.


      The biggest kick in the balls is that in 4 years time, we'll get yet another onslaught of 'oh I was only a week old in 1966, but ... ' bollox.
      Mbappe, Kante, Pogba, Griezmann, etc would have embarrassed us on Sunday. As much as it pains me to say it, they're still far too good for us.

      This saves us the pain.

      A decent team, playing with great team spirit (England), never wins the ultimate prize.
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      You old ****er. Proud to have been minus-8 in 1966
      Not from me, I was -4, but from the actual old ****ers who seem to think England won because they shat their nappy 2 minutes before Hirst's shot didn't cross the line.
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      There are two perspectives here. One is that this young squad significantly exceeded expectations both in terms of progress in the tournament and the great qualities they showed in doing it. The second is that we are unlikely in the next few decades to have as good a chance as this to get to a WC final as the benchmark will be much higher as the nations that usually dominate rebuild. Both are right but the second may be the one that sticks for longest as years go by and we look back at this.

      I am totally gutted but it feels good to able to be proud of the team, management and fans as I haven't felt that way for a while.
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      I’ve been watching England for 50 years now, and this team, although not great, at least you feel can grow. I’m usually quite glad secretly when we get knocked out, cos in a lot of recent tournaments we’ve been ****ing embarrassing, and, so has some of our support.
      I’m gutted tonight, I thought, against the expectation of finishing in the early knockout rounds, or God forbid, the qualifying rounds, we had a real chance of a final, but, we were beaten by a better,and more savvy team.
      I don’t really know what to say now, just I’ve enjoyed this, and, can you imagine if we ever do win it?!!!!
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      two shots on target in 120 minutes and the two shots on target vs Sweden,
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      Feel really sorry for the team.

      I think a decent manager would have made the necessary half time team talk and necessary changes to win that match that was for the taking.

      Unfortunately we are now stuck with him because of his "success".
      The greater their ignorance, the stronger their opinions.
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      Feel really sorry for the team.

      I think a decent manager would have made the necessary half time team talk and necessary changes to win that match that was for the taking.

      Unfortunately we are now stuck with him because of his "success".
      ooooooohhhhhhhhh thats pretty cutting.

      Sounds like a pre-formed opinion really, hard to imagine any genuine person watching this tournament and thinking that.
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      Feel really sorry for the team.

      I think a decent manager would have made the necessary half time team talk and necessary changes to win that match that was for the taking.

      Unfortunately we are now stuck with him because of his "success".
      Who would you rather see as Boss? I think he's my favourite manager since Sir Bobby. Have some belief.
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      dominated first half and arguably first hour a better midfield until they crept into the game and quality started to show. even then we took the game to them rather than a traditional England rear guard. couple of individual errors gave them chances they finished, especially the second. we missed our chances.

      overall, some players had great tournament, Trippier and Pickford, even Maguire, Lingard (well better than i expected). lacking a vocal leader on the pitch, and not sure there's enough on the bench. and now expectation will be high for the next tournaments.
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