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[Football] Nations League - Belgium vs England

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Swansman

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May 13, 2019
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There’s nothing really coming through in the U21s either.

Centre backs usually get their breakthrough a few years after U21 level so its probably too early to say much about the current crop tbh. Theres not a lot of starting PL CBs aged 25 or less in general, regardless of nationality.
 


Lethargic

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Oct 11, 2006
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Mings never closes down. Every time Villa concede a goal he's standing around two yards off the scorer, just spectating.

No doubt he'll have a stormer against us on Saturday ....

I have to disagree, he doesn't just stand off spectating he does a lot of pointing, if you watch him he is constantly pointing at the attacking player usually just after they have passed him..
 

Guinness Boy

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Jul 23, 2003
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He’s not the quickest, playing with a high line could be an issue.

He should be in/around the squad for sure, however none of the England CBs are at the highest level, not sure that’s controversial thing to say.

Maybe pace is the thing as our only quick player to start last night was a CB - well, an out of position right back.
 

Weststander

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Mings never closes down. Every time Villa concede a goal he's standing around two yards off the scorer, just spectating.

No doubt he'll have a stormer against us on Saturday ....

Another not very good CB who has a bit of pace, so get favoured for England. I’d rather just have the best two defenders .... Maguire and (unpopular on here probably) Tarkowski, both specialists.

Villa’s forwards/game changers of Grealish, Barkley, McGinn and Watkins, have taken the spotlight away from the incompetence of Mings. I watch a fair amount of EPL football and even this season his name always crops up in goals against analysis with “went to sleep”, “ball watching”, “failing to spot his man”.
 

Seasidesage

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May 19, 2009
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4-3-3 is the way forward. High line, press at a high tempo and accept that were going to concede goals. Personally I go with Gomez when fit and Walker who despite not being a centre half has the recovery speed we would need to press high up the pitch. Both are decent with the ball. White could potentially be an option but this season has shown he's not ready for that step up yet. Our problem generally is not in the air its in the transition from giving away possession in bad areas or on the counter through pace and superior movement. One holding midfielder, one box2box one and someone capable of playing a killer ball. Get the ball into any of our front options in good areas and they can hurt you.

We might not win tournaments but we give ourselves the best chance of doing something and at least we won't stink the place out.
 


Weststander

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Can anyone sit me down and explain what this "Nations League" is all about and how it differs from the Euros ?

It’s replaced most friendlies, to give meaning to all internationals and to pit not dissimilar standard nations against each other. With the incentive of promotion between leagues and a trophy for the ultimate winner. At the same it’s used for qualification to European Championships.

Replacing the randomness of international friendly opponents and EC qualifying cricket scores against minnows.
 

Badger Boy

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Jan 28, 2016
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There is some irony in the weaknesses of the England team being the same as the Brighton team. Psuedo-intellectual managers attempting to outwit opponents and not being able to do so.
 


Weststander

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Spain beating Germany 5/0

Edit 6/0

Their biggest ever defeat (competitive games).

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