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  1. England squad v Netherlands & Italy

    Just imagine our front line of Sterling, Alli, Welbeck, Rashford, Kane. I wonder how many times they have been booked for, or accused of, diving this season. English players are probably the worst divers in the game now.
  2. Preston's 1st goal

    Are we looking for anyone and everyone to blame now? You win and lose as a team. If there are individuals you believe make your team weaker as a unit for whatever reason, then you leave them out of the side, it's simple. There's no need to come on and lambaste anyone we possibly can for a certain goal we conceded.
  3. Losing is better

    Fulham is an interesting one, and can be used to show how the mentality of a lot of fans and people within football is heavily skewed by present form, rather than longer-term objectives. Take ourselves and Fulham. Fulham's aim this season was promotion (infact their chairman actually promised the fans the title - but I'll take promotion as the aim). I don't think we ever came out as a club and stated our ambition openly, but the majority would agree our aim was to progress from last season and aim for somewhere in the top half of the league. Fulham are undeniably in fantastic form right now and gaining lots of plaudits from pundits etc. Their fans are happy. We, on the other hand, are obviously not reaching the heights we did earlier in the season right now, and are 'out-of-form' Bristol City, depending on which media outlets you look at. There's been a bit of a meltdown from some (not all) on here. There are obviously games left to play - but who's more likely to achieve their season's objective? Food for thought anyway.
  4. Let it go my friend. Let it go.
  5. Flint for England WC Squad

    Again, appreciate this is a joke, but to illustrate the point, let's try it: Now, it is a matter of opinion after all, so I'm not saying these are better players than Flint, I'm saying they are playing on a platform which is likely to make them ahead of Flint in the pecking order: John Stones, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Joe Gomez, Gary Cahill, Rob Holding, Callum Chambers, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Harry Maguire, Lewis Dunk, Michael Keane, Phil Jagielka, Mason Holgate, Steve Cook, Alfie Mawson, Jamaal Lascelles, Jack Stephens, James Tomkins, Craig Dawson, Scott Dann, Martin Kelly, Ryan Shawcross. That's 23 who have played at least reasonably regularly in the premier league. A large number of those have had England caps and thus are known to Southgate. That is without even looking into the Championship (Are there better English CBs in this league too? Possibly...) How many of those above would you take at our club?
  6. Flint for England WC Squad

    Much like an understanding of the game has gone over yours, sunshine.
  7. Flint for England WC Squad

    Appreciate that you are joking, but the sad reality is so many on here aren't!
  8. Flint for England WC Squad

    Great use of "show totals" ... Let's forget those 10 extra games, Flinty must be the best.
  9. Flint for England WC Squad

    Haven't always agreed with you in the past, but you're absolutely spot on here.
  10. Flint for England WC Squad

    So then, if Manchester United had our back four this season, how do you think they would be getting on?
  11. Just don't melt down if we lose tonight

    Johnson out if we lose. Most exciting time ever to follow city if we win. That's pretty much how it always is and always will be.
  12. Flint for England WC Squad

    Jack Charlton had top division pedigree and played for England extremely consistently in the build up, and as early as April 1965 so had Flint been an England regular for a year already we wouldn't be having this discussion. The situation is completely incomparable. No one get any ridiculous visions of Flinty winning the world cup for England, he simply is no where near the squad at this moment in time, and with all due respect to the guy, who has been a colossus for us on many occasions, he almost certainly never will be.
  13. RIP to both, Bannister lived an amazing life, it's always sad when someone passes away, but Astori is desperately sad at just 31 and as the active captain of a team so passionately supported. A tribute to him from a teammate that I read on the BBC website was really chilling for me: Fiorentina midfielder Riccardo Saponara pays tribute to Astori in a heartfelt post on Instagram: Oh captain, my captain. Why did you not come down to have breakfast with us all? Why did you not pick up your shoes from outside of (goalkeeper) Marco Sportiello's room and then drink your orange juice, as usual? Now they will tell us that life goes on, that we must look forward and pick ourselves up, but what will your absence taste like? Who will arrive every morning in the cafeteria, warming up everyone with his smile? Who will ask us about what we did the previous night and have a laugh about it? Who will nurture the youngsters and give a sense of responsibility to the veterans? Who will form the circle to work on our 'two-touch play' and who will demolish Marco on the PlayStation? With whom will we debate about Masterchef, Florence's restaurants, TV series or games played? Who will I lean on at lunch after a tiring training session? Come on, come back. You still need to finish watching La La Land to analyse like you did with all new movies. Come back to Florence, they are waiting for you to renew your contract and acknowledge all the good and the positivity that you bring to us on a daily basis. Get out of that damn room, we will be waiting for you tomorrow at training. In life there are people you've known forever but have never bonded with, and then there are the 'Davides', who warm to you immediately with a simple 'Welcome to Florence, Ricky'. Wherever you are now, keep on defending our goal and enlighten the right path for us from the backline. Oh captain, my captain. Forever, my captain.
  14. Team V Preston

    Pisano only played 64 minutes, and I felt like he was (quite sensibly) holding himself back slightly, didn't make too many sprints once he realised how comfortable the game was. He needs to play.
  15. Hörður (Merged)

    Maggers did well Saturday and also did well against Fulham. I couldn't help but laugh though when he pile-drove that cross field ball out of play near the end on Saturday.