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  1. For whatever it’s worth, I’m in Podgorica tonight ahead of tomorrow night’s game v Montenegro, and have heard rumours from a couple of sources that Ashton Gate is very much in the frame for an England game in the near future.
  2. As Scotland are already guaranteed a play off place (having won their Nations League group), if they lose against Belgium and Russia they could quite quickly end up in a position where it’s extremely unlikely they’ll finish in the top two, and therefore the remainder of their Euro qualifier group games could effectively become dead rubbers, as whoever finishes third in their group will have no bearing on who makes the play offs. That said, they still have time to recover from the loss against Kazakhstan, and I wouldn’t put it past them to run Russia close for second place (and whilst it’s tempting to sneer, they did come within a few seconds of beating England at Hampden in 2017).
  3. Always lots of posts on here in recent years saying how overrated the premier league is, especially whenever premier league teams were knocked out of Europe. That same premier league has just beaten the Bundesliga 17-3 over three ties. That said, Barcelona and Juventus are still looking very strong in the Champions League this season, and Ajax looked resurgent against Real Madrid last week. Should be some decent quarter final ties.
  4. It’s a fair question! And the answer is ‘probably not’. Far too many penalties are given for handball in my view. Intent can also be a very difficult thing to gauge, unless a defending outfield player clearly makes a save on the goal line - eg Suarez v Ghana in the 2010 World Cup.
  5. Kimpembe was looking the other way and there was probably less than a second between the shot being taken and the ball hitting his hand, so I honestly don’t see how that can be deemed as a deliberate handball (and the law is quite clear: it has to be deemed as deliberate in order for there to be an offence).
  6. That didn’t look an intentional handball to me - and for a penalty or free kick to be awarded for handball, the laws are quite clear: it has to be deemed intentional. When seeing a replay, in super slow motion these things always look worse. In real time, Otamendi had a fraction of a second to react as the ball was fired towards him. With VAR, I think referees should be able to watch as many replays as they want, but the final replay they see should be in real time, and not slowed down to a quarter of the pace at which the incident originally happened.
  7. Lahm spent most of his career at right back, so I think it's fair to say Cole would have had a good claim to be in a 'World 11' at his peak. I think Cole was probably the most consistent player in the England team during his time at international level. Off the top of my head I can remember one really bad mistake (at home against Kazakhstan, in a game we won 5-1). He otherwise never let the team down. Off-field matters meant he got some adverse press over the years, but on the pitch I think he was top quality. He also played in Champions League finals for two different teams, which not many players manage.
  8. Which player has scored in each of the Champions League, the Europa League, the Premier League, the Championship, League One, League Two, the Conference National, the Conference South, the Football League Trophy, the FA Trophy, the FA Cup, the Scottish Premier League, the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup?
  9. That 1-0 win around Easter time was live on TV wasn’t it, with a late Saturday kick off (something like 5.30pm)? I remember getting back to St Pancras quite late that day. No doubt the kick off time and live TV coverage would have taken a few off our away following that day.
  10. I remember Man Utd fans complaining that we were giving them an unfair allocation, especially after we gave Leeds all of the Atyeo for the league game against them a few weeks earlier. The following article appeared in one of the main Man Utd fanzines (sent to me by a friend who is a diehard Man Utd fan and season ticket holder). I think Man Utd had something like 9,000 applications for the game through their away tickets membership scheme - Ashton Gate is a ground they hadn’t visited for the best part of 40 years and their diehard away fans don’t get many new grounds to visit. For all their complaining before the game about the ticket allocation, their fans were generally very gracious in defeat - Red Cafe (one of their main message boards) had loads of posts saying we were deserving winners.
  11. Also, in the article "In the meantime I've got to get promoted", not "we've got to get promoted". Perhaps my final paragraph did answer myself, but as I said previously, the tone of that interview just comes over as 'self before side'.
  12. That's an enlightening interview. Johnson used 'I' 68 times, and 'we' 4 times. He used 'me' 6 times, and 'us' once. He used 'my' 11 times, and 'our' once. Perhaps I'm reading too much into it (and someone rightly pointed out above that it was an interview with him, and about him, as it was his 300th game), but it just comes over a little too much 'me, me, me....look at me, everyone' for my liking.
  13. Let's hope so BBSB, although Portugal have been our nemesis more than once in the past, and I wouldn't put it past them at all to beat us on their home turf next summer.
  14. Played a brilliant through ball to Sterling in the first half. Set up the equaliser. Scored the winner. When it mattered most, he delivered today. He may not have been involved in every minute of the match, but he played a huge part in us winning that today.
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