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  1. England 2018 World Cup

    I don't see that it matters that they do. What are we going to learn about Sterling or Kane or Alli now? And why bother risking them aggravating a niggle for a friendly. It was a great opportunity to play some young kids and it worked out pretty well I would say. Just remains to be seen whether the kids who did well will retain their place. Gomez especially should stay in the line up- he reads the game really well and provides balance to the back three
  2. England 2018 World Cup

    I CHANGED IT ALREADY!!! HOW DID YOU DO THAT?! It does somewhat change the 'thrust' of my post though
  3. England 2018 World Cup

    I think Rashford has the potential to be the best player in that side. I've seen him live and he's one of those players that just seems to be a threat whenever he gets the ball. Also, i don't think Tammy would be a threat from wide positions and Solanke has barely played. I was impressed with Solanke especially when they came on though
  4. England 2018 World Cup

    I think a lot of people seem to conflate 'not very good' with 'no pride in the shirt'. I've never really seen anything to suggest that any England players don't want to wear the shirt, they're just not very good when they do. People giving Drinkwater shit for not accepting the call up are nuts- he's not been fit enough to complete a game for Chelsea this season, if he has any hope of being fit for Russia, he needs to tread carefully. Recent England teams have just been short on real talent and without the kind of players who try to make up for that by snapping legs, people assume that no one cares Controversially, I'm really liking what Southgate is doing. He's picking a formation that works for England, rather than trying fit all the egos that want to play in at the same time. I also believe him when he says he's prepared to play the kids if they show themselves to be good enough. There's plenty of ability coming up, if the manager is prepared to harness some of that to the experience in the squad, England might not be as bad as you think. I'm not suggesting for a second that they're good enough to win it, but they might actually make the Quarter finals- or even semis- and look ok doing it Pickford Gomez - Cahill - Stones Rose - Dier - Alli - Walker Sterling - Kane - Rashford that ain't going to win you a World Cup, but it might provide some entertainment along the way and in comparison to recent England teams, that's a start
  5. Bailey Wright - Suspended for 2 matches

    My issue with all this is not that Bailey has been banned (though the inconsistency of approach is mind boggling from the FA), it's that Kamara has been entirely vindicated. If I did that to someone in the street it would be assault. If it happens on a football pitch, the person assaulted is at fault for holding the wrong part of their anatomy. Fine, punish BW for simulation. But also send a message to players that violent conduct isn't acceptable either
  6. Sheffield Wednesday away (Merged)

    That's a bit harsh! I guess it incentivises season tickets, but still
  7. Sheffield Wednesday away (Merged)

    Do we reckon it's going to be POTD? Can't really afford the ticket until I get paid at the end of the week so I can't get one in advance
  8. thinking of Sheffield by train? its the long way round next saturday

    That sounds like a decent day out before you even get to the football!
  9. thinking of Sheffield by train? its the long way round next saturday

    Aye, just have to leave a little earlier and get back a bit later I guess. I will be getting a bus from my house then taking a leisurely stroll along Penistone Road to Hillsboro , stopping at several hostelries on the way. I'll be thinking of you all on the slow train from Bristol!
  10. Southgate's already said we're playing 3 at the back hasn't he? To be fair to him, it's not really his fault that so many first choice players have pulled out. I would have liked to see him call up a few u21 players though, rather than giving Livermore and Cork call ups. Given the success at youth level in the last year, showing them a pathway to the senior team might have been a nice touch
  11. thinking of Sheffield by train? its the long way round next saturday

    You might be quicker getting a train to London and then up, though I suspect that'll cost a bit
  12. An interesting problem in January

    If we are still in the top 6 come January I don't see that we need to do that much to be honest. A right back is probably needed and another body in central midfield would also be nice, but I think the club needs to stick to its philosophy; is the player going to add value now, be more valuable later and do they have the "right DNA"? I think that mortgaging our philosophy against a big name player is a dangerous game to play. But obviously if a Premier League quality player is available for a good price and they'll fit the squad, get them in Personally, I think if anyone comes in it'll be a Premier League loan or a player on an expiring contract who can be got on the cheap. If we sign more than 3 players I'd be very surprised
  13. Vote Jonny Smith

    I've voted for him, but it's not actually the best goal of the round to be fair. It's good, but there are some absolute crackers in that video
  14. Bryan wins the round

    He had space, but what he actually did was take 'time' away from the keeper. The angle Joe was facing the goal and his stance made it look like he would never shoot. To generate that power and accuracy from where he was was incredible