Euro 2016 Mega Thread

Discussion in 'General Football & Other Sport' started by reids, May 13, 2016.

  1. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    Hodgson hasn't got a clue. He'll get Rooney in the team to the detriment of the other players because he absurdly thinks he's a world superstar. Best chance is a loss in the first game which somehow forces Hodgson to reassess and play to the squad's strengths.
     
  2. GoingDown

    GoingDown Pizza & Figs

    Yeah but Rooney has scored 52 goals for England. He's a warrior, a leader and an absolute world class player.
     
  3. reids

    reids Squad Player

    This interested me, I had no idea Rooney had actually scored that many for us. Decided to look up who they were against:

    Andorra (2)
    Argentina
    Australia
    Belarus (2)
    Brazil (2)
    Bulgaria (2)
    Croatia (4)
    Denmark (2)
    Ecuador
    Estonia (2)
    France
    Iceland (2)
    Kazakhstan (3)
    Liechtenstein
    Lithuania
    Macedonia
    Montenegro (2)
    Netherlands
    Norway
    Poland (2)
    Russia
    San Marino (5)
    Scotland (2)
    Slovakia (2)
    Slovenia (2)
    Switzerland (4)
    Ukraine
    Uruguay

    Pretty uninspiring record against the bigger teams....
     
  4. Darrenje

    Darrenje First Year Pro

    How the hell is James Milner even in the squad let alone the team is beyond me!
     
  5. reids

    reids Squad Player

    Tbf he'd do a better job on corners than Kane is doing!
     
  6. cyaninternetdog

    cyaninternetdog Forum Hippie

    I think we were on top at 11 v 11, once they went down to ten men they shut up shop pretty damn well, yes maybe we could of opened them up a bit more but Portugal are a good team even without Ronaldo. I dont remember Portugal being that much of a threat in our third throughout the game to be honest. This wasnt as bad a result/performance as the press will make it out to be.
     
  7. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    Can someone explain why pundits (and Roy) keep saying "Portugal going down to 10 men didn't help things". Do they really not want an opponent to get a red card in the finals? Perhaps we should start with 10 men. I can't stand these idiotic statements.
     
  8. nornironhorn

    nornironhorn Administrator Staff Member

    To be fair I always thought it was worse than this.

    I don't rate him really, definitely not as good as Kane/Vardy but he has scored a fair few against decent teams. I'd imagine most strikers who have been prolific at international level have scored a lot against weak teams as there is such a gulf in class and as England are top seeds for their groups every qualifying campaign there are few other top teams to play against each year (in comparison to smaller teams).
     
  9. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    As I previously said though, his scoring record in finals is quite abysmal apart from his first in 2004.
     
  10. cyaninternetdog

    cyaninternetdog Forum Hippie

    I didnt understand that either, good training exercise as we might get to play against ten men in the tournament.
     
  11. GoingDown

    GoingDown Pizza & Figs

    Any England fans better hope not as Roy and his loyal acolytes said after the game yesterday, that was the reason we didn't win.
     
  12. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    He seemed very pleased about keeping a clean sheet against 10 men who hardly got forward...

    Think we could have managed that...
     
  13. Douglas Rinaldi

    Douglas Rinaldi Reservist

    Inspired fixture making by the Croatian FA.
     
  14. nornironhorn

    nornironhorn Administrator Staff Member

    Quiz question:

    Which EURO 2016 team is currently on the longest unbeaten streak?
     
  15. miked2006

    miked2006 Premiership Prediction League Proprietor

    Northern Ireland by any chance?
     
  16. El distraído

    El distraído Johnny Foreigner

    The Republic of Ireland?
     
  17. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    Japan?
     
  18. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Must have been trying to get their strikers in form..

    BTW I see Rooney is already trotting out the "boredom" excuse already for if it all goes wrong!
     
  19. nornironhorn

    nornironhorn Administrator Staff Member

    Correct!

    12 games albeit against uninspiring opposition (although it does include 4 teams also at the Euros.

    We also haven't won an away friendly since August 2006 now too!
     
  20. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Hope Cathcart is ok - heard he got taken off after half an hour.
     
  21. GoingDown

    GoingDown Pizza & Figs

    Any sane Englishman with an interest in football has been bored of his England performances since 2006 when the **** got himself sent off in a World Cup Quarter Final.
     
  22. Happy bunny

    Happy bunny Cheered up a bit

    Unhelpful of Arsene to put in a bid for Vardy now.

    If nothing is sorted by the time he goes to France, he'll be distracted.

    If he decides quickly whether to stay or go, he'll be worrying whether he's made the right decision, and will be distracted.

    Champions League hero at Leicester, Champions League hero at Arsenal, or bit-part player at Arsenal? One certainty, two unknowns.
     
  23. PowerJugs

    PowerJugs Doyley Fanatic

    Just had the work draw for Euro's today.

    Got Poland, so could be worse!
     
  24. Meh!

    Meh! Pre-Dictator

    Germany for me!
     
  25. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    Mark Wright and Jermaine Defoe both deserve to be starters after their performances in this weekend's friendly, although Roy will probably stick with Louis Tomlinson as he puts big names over form.
     
  26. miked2006

    miked2006 Premiership Prediction League Proprietor

    Me too
     
  27. colesy86

    colesy86 Academy Graduate

    Northern Ireland to be best finishing UK & Ireland team (ENG / WAL / IRE / NI) is 33/1. Not the worst option given they are undefeated in 12
     
  28. reids

    reids Squad Player

    Shocking bet.

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    Look at who they played in those 12! Not saying we're good, but we've lost 2 out of our 22 since the last WC (losing to Spain and Holland) and have played better teams in those 22 than NI have.
     
  29. nornironhorn

    nornironhorn Administrator Staff Member

    3 very even teams in our group though and then a Germany team which I think might flop (I think they have lost 3 times since we have lost and that includes ROI and Slovakia).

    Personally I think Wales will flop and ROI won't win a game. In my eyes its 33/1 between us and England then and you never really know which England will turn up. After watching Slovakia on Saturday I think they could cause problems as well as Russia. 4 points could be enough to top the 'mini league'.

    Will be having a flutter myself but probably blind optimism!
     
  30. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    England always draw their opening match.
     
  31. Diamond

    Diamond Squad Player

    I think that may not be correct. Drawn 1 of the last 3 first games in the Euros I think.
     
  32. YellowKicks

    YellowKicks Reservist

    I think you are letting this unbeaten record get slightly to your head. Those games include draws against some pretty crap teams, and you've literally beat no one of any real significance. Don't get me wrong i'd love NI to do well, but your team has some unbelievably poor players in it for this standard of football.
     
  33. nornironhorn

    nornironhorn Administrator Staff Member

    I don't think I am.

    We have a horrendous away friendly record which I pointed out previously on this thread. That explains the Qatar result.

    We drew with Wales as we gave away a stupid last minute penalty and also conceaded very late against Finland but we had already qualified so I wouldn't look into that result much.

    Other draws were against Romania and Hungary, both in the top 25 in the world and both in the Euros. And then finally Slovakia who had just beaten Germany and have a long unbeaten run of their own (beat Spain in the qualifiers too).

    We don't have a team of superstars, but neither did Greece or Leicester.

    What we do have is a passionate team and a good manager, something England don't have, which I think makes 33/1 good value.

    Lafferty has just limped out of training this morning which will be a blow but won't be the end of the world
     
  34. another_mrlizard

    another_mrlizard Squad Player

    Yeah, since he won Manager of the Month at Brechn, he's had his pick of the world's top jobs.
     
  35. nornironhorn

    nornironhorn Administrator Staff Member

    Surely you can appreciate the job he has done at Northern Ireland?

    We were one of the worst teams in Europe when he took over and he has slowly built a solid side that has qualified for its first ever Euros (by winning the group too) and reached its highest ever FIFA World ranking.
     

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