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Semi Final #2 - England v. Denmark Matchday Thread


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11 minutes ago, RUSSEL85 said:

Funny how opinions differ, I thought struggled tonight, played higher than hes used to and let runners go. Anyway, its irrelevant as we won.

I agree. First half I thought the game passed both Rice and Phillips by. Second half improved although that may have been due to the Danes tiring. Henderson looked positive when he came on.

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Just now, AshtonGreat said:

Absolutely magnificent display. He just seems to get better with age!

The joys of regular coaching from Pep! Im over the moon for Raheem. Seems a hard worker and a good man, and a massive contributor to our run to the final. Although I could go on all day praising most these players! What has happened to Luke Shaw this past year?!

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7 minutes ago, Davefevs said:

There was one angle where you could see true contact. On the soft side, but as I always say, bet it wouldve been given if outside the box.

Thought we generally played well. Denmark are no mugs, bound to be some nerves. Our subs can be starters, their subs were second string. We got the goal, better side by far.

I dont think we had to dig as deep in ET as Italy did we Spain, so hopefully extra day wont make too much difference.

It's obstruction, at least (second Dane). Indirect free-kick, for me

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6 minutes ago, LondonBristolian said:

Conclusive proof. Marxism works. Non-Marxist England lose semi finals. Marxist England win semi finals. Never underestimate the power of the collective.

A win on Sunday will be a win for socialists across the world! Solidarity, comrades!

I wonder if Tory MP Lee Anderson will break his boycott and watch the match on Sunday?

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2 minutes ago, BCFCGav said:

The joys of regular coaching from Pep! Im over the moon for Raheem. Seems a hard worker and a good man, and a massive contributor to our run to the final. Although I could go on all day praising most these players! What has happened to Luke Shaw this past year?!

Yeah Pep has to take some credit, doesn't he. Some of Raheem's runs in ET reminded me a bit of prime Brazil (not Alan). Luke Shaw has also been magnificent this season. Probably happy to see the back of Mourinho!

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1 minute ago, Ska Junkie said:

Schmeichel surely, even though he was on the losing side?

Was saying during the game not many footballers kids are as good or equal as their dads, but Kasper certainly comes close

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7 minutes ago, Mihai said:

I feel you ! And England deserve a Trophy but I wanted to write my opinion somewhere. I really don't like what this Southgate does, England have probably one of their best roster and they play uglier than 10-20 years before.

Can't agree, first time I can remember in my 47 years where we look like we can play football rather than just hoof and run merchants of the past.

I agree it probably was not great watching for the neutral, but for a England team to be able to pass and trap a ball is something of a bonus,add to that not leaking goals and creating I'd say we look good, but not great. I so wonder how you think our teams of the last 20 to 30 years look better. In my mind they have looked poor for years.

But good to hear a neutals view so keep posting. For once we look like a European team I.e. can pass, can control and can go down and I've for decent game management

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4 minutes ago, Mihai said:

With the risk of being hated by some of you I will tell you my honest opinion as a England fan but neutral in the same time ( cause if Romania would be a good team for sure i will support then any day at Euros)

I wanted England to win since the tournament started but England never impressed me in any game. Is not because of the quality of the players but because of the coaches.

In the group stage England looked like some of Italy clone and I expected that to change but it didn't happen to be honest.

Yesterday I felt nice about the game and a bit sad for Spain, which was so unlucky.

Today I was hoping for a nice game, instead the first half was terrible for me as a neutral fan (which wanted England to win). Second half the team tried a bit more but against a team like Denmark England should score but they couldn't. In the stoppage time that was not a penalty and Denmark played in 10 for 15 mins while England was wasting time.

The conclusion:

A pretty poor game judging the quality difference between players and their fitness. Premier League players get the best fitness probably in the entire world while some of the obscure Denmark players for sure dont.

So, a 2-1 win from a questionable penalty and wasting time for 15 minutes against a drained team which played in 10 man. Everything happened with England playing at Home with 40k supporters.

Judging by the quality of football and the beauty of this game, the Final Italy vs England is for sure the ugliest one at this Tournament.

I hope for an England win but for sure will be a boring game.

You do make some fairpoints but I think that the most important thing about tournament knock out football is to progress to the next round. Nothing else matters - who remembers those teams that played well but lost? England have done well to win - however they can,ugly,or pretty -it makes no difference andstill takesyou to the same place. We now have a shot at winning the final. If this is boring for others to watch then I have no problem with this. In Sport you need to be ruthless - all winners know this,and as an Englishman Im glad to see that we have finally recognised that we need to do whatever it takes to progress. Roll on Sunday!!

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Realised today after looking in the mirror, that I need a hair cut.

I then realised that the last time I had a hair cut it was the week/end of the tournament starting.

Hair gel is a wonderful thing, and a bit more will be needed than normal, because ain't no way this doo is getting a trim until Monday at least!!

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24 minutes ago, Davefevs said:

There was one angle where you could see true contact. On the soft side, but as I always say, bet it wouldve been given if outside the box.

Thought we generally played well. Denmark are no mugs, bound to be some nerves. Our subs can be starters, their subs were second string. We got the goal, better side by far.

I dont think we had to dig as deep in ET as Italy did we Spain, so hopefully extra day wont make too much difference.

Its always thin lines. The Kane one could on another day be given. On another day they dont get a soft free kick that leads to a wonderful goal. It was a soft penalty but seen them given, and we were well ontopat that stage and deserved it.

Having been knocked out with people punching the ball in our net andhaving goals not given a yard over the line I amnot going to be wearing sack cloth and ashes when a break goes our way. Think there were times we seriously lost our way, but just like Italy yesterday found a way.

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22 minutes ago, Davefevs said:

There was one angle where you could see true contact. On the soft side, but as I always say, bet it wouldve been given if outside the box.

Thought we generally played well. Denmark are no mugs, bound to be some nerves. Our subs can be starters, their subs were second string. We got the goal, better side by far.

I dont think we had to dig as deep in ET as Italy did we Spain, so hopefully extra day wont make too much difference.

Only real contact was hip on hip, but Sterling was already going down at that point.

We deserved the win, but never a pen.

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1 minute ago, Scrumpylegs said:

You do make some fairpoints but I think that the most important thing about tournament knock out football is to progress to the next round. Nothing else matters - who remembers those teams that played well but lost? England have done well to win - however they can,ugly,or pretty -it makes no difference andstill takesyou to the same place. We now have a shot at winning the final. If this is boring for others to watch then I have no problem with this. In Sport you need to be ruthless - all winners know this,and as an Englishman Im glad to see that we have finally recognised that we need to do whatever it takes to progress. Roll on Sunday!!

I think the problem is we have rose tinted specs. For me England have generally only ever played well In the plucky losing games at big tournaments, and we live off that game. Biggest example italia 90. Now it was a great tournament in terms of being there, but lest be honest we were shite, and then.played well against Germany and lost. That is England in tournaments for me. Rose tinted spectacles say we were great, reality tells us otherwise. Likewise 96, we live off the Netherlands game, but the other games were tight against with average quality football

For me this tournament we have played well without being spectacular, but certainly consistently better than any other tournament in my lifetime

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2 minutes ago, cityexile said:

Its always thin lines. The Kane one could on another day be given. On another day they dont get a soft free kick that leads to a wonderful goal. It was a soft penalty but seen them given, and we were well ontopat that stage and deserved it.

Having been knocked out with people punching the ball in our net andhaving goals not given a yard over the line I am not going be wearing sack cloth and ashes when a break goes our way. Think there were times we seriously lost our way, but just like Italy yesterday found a way.

Correct. I'm sure if it was Denmark getting the penalty they would have taken it.You win some, you lose some, tonight we won. Looking forward to Sunday, I think it will be an entirely different game, hopefully a highertempoand performance.

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1 hour ago, BanburyRed said:

Wow, that's bizarre, Trippier on for Grealish.....in Gareth we trust?

Just shows he doesnt trust Grealish. AT all. Unless he maybe goes to a bigger club, I cant see Grealish ever playing unless we need a goal.

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