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  1. It wouldn’t surprise me if we ended up with Michael Flynn from Newport. He wouldn’t be my first choice but I could see that sort of appointment happening.
  2. I suspect this game is resonating quite strongly with Tinnion. He probably had a similar feeling as Swansea scored at will in the 7-1 that was his last game as manager. That Swansea game was only 1-0 at half time. Today could get very ugly indeed.
  3. No doubt I’ll have missed a couple, but who are the others? David Seal, Paul Agostino, Nick Carle, Bailey Wright are the ones that spring to mind. I’d probably pick Agostino out of that lot (his cause helped by scoring against the Gas in that eventful game in December 96).
  4. I saw him play (and score) for Perth Glory in December 2019, in a 6-2 win v Newcastle Jets. Only just over a year ago but feels like a lifetime ago now. He still spent most of the game pointing and berating his teammates.
  5. Poland won't be easy and they're way overdue a win against us. We've drawn them in our group countless times over the last 35 years, and have finished above them pretty much every time - at some point they're due a result against us. I'd probably back England to get the better of them over the two games, but not with any great degree of confidence. That said, Sweden were the team I most wanted to avoid from pot 2. Last time in world cup qualifying they beat France, finished above Holland, and then knocked Italy out in a play off. The 'four team group' comment is also very true - go
  6. The BBC website were showing it live, as the balls were being drawn out of the bowls.
  7. With three teams left from pot 5, we were guaranteed one of Cyprus (last played them away in 1975), Armenia (never played) or Andorra...and ended up with Andorra, again (England played them four times in recent years). And with three teams left from pot 6, we were guaranteed one of Malta, Liechtenstein or San Marino...and ended up with San Marino (who we've also played four times in recent years). On the assumption that travel restarts towards the end of Q1 2021 (a big assumption, admittedly), the travelling highlights have to be Tirana and Budapest. Armenia, Cyprus or Liechtenstein
  8. With three teams left from pot 5, we were guaranteed one of Cyprus (last played them away in 1975), Armenia (never played) or Andorra...and ended up with Andorra, again (England played them twice in recent years). And with three teams left from pot 6, we were guaranteed one of Malta, Liechtenstein or San Marino...and ended up with San Marino (who we've also played twice in recent years). On the assumption that travel restarts towards the end of Q1 2021 (a big assumption, admittedly), the travelling highlights have to be Tirana and Budapest. Armenia, Cyprus or Liechtenstein would have
  9. The BBC are reporting that based on the recent FCDO statement ('Unlike other travel to the UK, there will be no exemptions to this quarantine policy'), the 'elite sport' exemption will not apply in this case, so until and unless there's an another announcement, it would appear to be an issue: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/54858614 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/travel-ban-implemented-to-protect-public-health-following-denmark-covid-19-mink-outbreak
  10. Not according to the latest rumours. Belgium had fans in the stadium for their friendly against Ivory Coast last week, and in line with UEFA's guidance that teams can allow fans in at 30% capacity (subject to local or governmental restrictions), it is expected they will have fans in attendance for the game v England in Brussels. The comment was not in jest.
  11. Yes, Henderson certainly made the most of whatever contact there was. His interview after the game also suggested he knew it. I wonder what VAR would have made of the challenge. He did something similar in the World Cup against Colombia. It’s not a side to his game that I’d endorse.
  12. England may have had a bit of good fortune but Belgium only have themselves to blame. It was bad defending from Meunier to let Henderson get goal-side at the corner that led to the penalty (and whilst Henderson certainly made the most of the contact, I think he was impeded, albeit only slightly). And they were wasteful with the other chances they created. England improved from about 30-35 minutes onwards and managed to negate Belgium for most of the second half. We may not have deserved the outright win but I thought our recovery after that dodgy 20 minute spell probably merited a point.
  13. Some of the negativity when we were 1-0 down (eg on the BBC live text feed) was staggering. Playing the number 1 ranked side in the world - and missing a number of our more creative / offensive players - yet we still managed to dig out a win with a much improved second half performance. We had a dodgy spell of 20 minutes or so in the first half when we looked second best by some distance (against, let’s not forget, the number 1 ranked side in the world), but improved towards the end of the first half, and then improved again significantly in the second half. And won. And yet still some pe
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