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[Football] Nations League - Belgium vs England

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The Wizard

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Jul 2, 2009
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Southgate has all the attacking talent in the world and chooses 6 defenders. Same old.

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Swansman

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Belgium XI: Courtois, Alderweireld, Denayer, Vertonghen, Meunier, Witsel, Tielemans, T. Hazard, Mertens, De Bruyne, Lukaku

Subs: Mignolet, Casteels, Mechele, Lukebakio, Foket, Verscharen, Praet, Benteke, Delcroix, Chadli, Batshuayi
 

Swansman

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Sweden
world cup semis
nations league finalists

Oh yeah finalists in the International Intertoto Cup... something to remember.

I expect this game to be pretty dull. England defending - could have abused Alderweireld and Vertonghen turning slow as **** the last few years but Southgate seems more interested in 0-0 - and Belgium attacking against the English bus through the out of form Hazard. Think Belgium will win 1-0 (header from Lukaku), but there is definitely a world where England could score on a counter. 1-0 or 1-1.
 


Poojah

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Nov 19, 2010
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Sorry if I'm being thick but are you categorising Rice as a defender? I'd say he was a DM. This side has decent balance for me, I'd have gone Sancho over Mount though.

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Those were my thoughts, although Sky Sports has Dier at centre half in what looks like a 3-4-2-1 formation. I think we’ll need to wait until kick-off to properly understand the system.
 

Hugo Rune

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Feb 23, 2012
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—————————Pickford—————————
————-Tripper—-Mings—-Dier—————-
Walker——Henderson——Rice——-Chilwell
——————Grealish———Mount—————-
—————————-Kane——————————

So much attacking talent available to England yet Gareth has only picked 3 decent attacking options.

That front three of Kane, Sterling & Rashford/Sancho is a thing of the past.
 

Guinness Boy

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Well, based on my reading of that line up we now think that two of the best centre backs in the country are a right back and a midfielder. We've also taken literally all the pace out of the side. Well done Southgate.
 


The Wizard

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It’s like looking at a Hughton away team, how are we going to win the game? No pace so no counter attacking. What’s the plan? Set pieces? One thing is for sure this is almost guaranteed to be a boring game.
 

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