General World Cup Thread

Discussion in 'General Football & Other Sport' started by Otter, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Yes, yes & yes!
     
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  2. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    If we end up 4th, it’ll be W3D1L3.

    Solid mid table & supporting our 12th place ranking.

    A bit like when we got to the semis under QSF although our win at the Emirates was more notable than any of our WC performances.
     
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  3. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Belgium with a stronger team and its showing .
     
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  4. NathWFC

    NathWFC First Team

    Sterling has been absolutely appalling with the ball at his feet again. I just don't see how whatever good work he does without the ball counters the fact he gives it away every single time he does have it.
     
  5. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    TBF he just appears to be really slow.
     
  6. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Jones undone by Hazard again .

    Gave it more of a go 2nd half .
     
  7. GoingDown

    GoingDown Pizza & Figs

    Didn't expect England to try after they'd reached 40 points.
     
  8. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    Could still go down.
     
  9. NathWFC

    NathWFC First Team

    Lucky for Kane that he got all those penalties and the deflection against Panama, because he was a huge disappointment at this World Cup overall.
     
  10. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    None of the main strikers have been that great it seems.

    Trouble is those Belgium players will probably play more in the Premier league than some of our squad players !
     
  11. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    HERETIC!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. Jossy

    Jossy Reservist

    Saw the team sheet - Dier, Jones, Delph - didn't bother watching.

    England have a decent first 11 plus a sub or two. Beyond that, the team goes from greater than the sum of its parts to much less.

    Southgate's biggest challenge over the next two years is to integrate some newer/younger/different players (hopefully Chalobah and maybe Hughes among them) in to the squad to give us a decent 15/16 to pick from.

    A proper plan B is also needed (or more tactical flexibility), as once Croatia worked us out we ended up resorting to the long ball.

    I'm still very much in camp positive, though - which is a nice surprise given my complete antipathy towards the England set-up over the last few years.
     
  13. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Excellent tip to laminate.

    Makes the souvenir much more durable & also washable.
     
  14. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Exactly.

    GS has to have the cojones to pick on talent rather than club as the young ‘uns come through.

    I would hope we could upgrade on Jones, Delph, Dier in the near future.

    If he flies out of the traps in the early season, Chalobah must be in a great position.
     
  15. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    That is tantamount to heresy in most quarters.
    Most of the public appear to genuflect towards him.
     
  16. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    It was interesting to hear Roy "I can start a fight in an empty room" Keane's opinion that any player that fails to do what a manager tells him to do should be sacked.
     
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  17. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    A bit old school.

    At most EPL clubs it’s now the other way round.
     
  18. NathWFC

    NathWFC First Team

    I think he's an excellent striker, arguably the best in the world, but I don't think he had a good tournament. Went completely missing in our final 3 games.

    Very likely he's still going to win the golden boot though, so he probably won't care all that much!
     
  19. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    TBH I totally agree. He looked decidedly average during this tournament acting as a striker. As a pinball bumper he was excellent. And the "hero" label he's receiving is pretty nauseating as he was extremely anonymous during today's match.
     
  20. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Well the Mail said Kane was the perfect footballer (at last) which upset Wilfred "dive" Zaha it seemed so maybe all the praise isn't so bad!

    I am sure he will be in fine form come September 2nd..

    :rolleyes:
     
  21. Fitz

    Fitz Squad Player

    There are a lot of pages here and I admit I have not read them all, so forgive me if it has been covered. But...

    Do you think VAR being in effect in this tournament allowed more straightforward teams like England and Croatia to get through while other more highly touted teams also known for diving a bit got caught out?

    If so...I ❤️ VAR
     
  22. Arakel

    Arakel First Team

    Kane was pretty mediocre in most of the games, and is certainly nowhere near the best forward in the world. He's decent and capable, but that's about as far as it goes for me.

    Frankly, I was more excited about pre-injury Michael Owen.
     
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  23. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Well Neymar got found to have dived but I don't think has had any effect on any teams greatly.

    Certainly not knocked anyone out unfairly as was feared by the critics..

    We seemed to not get decisions in our first game but afterwards teams got punished or pulling down Kane.

    There has been a lot of requests to use VAR from players and managers which not sure is right.
     
  24. Stevohorn

    Stevohorn Watching Grass Grow

    Aren't the modern rules of football devised from the Cambridge rules?

    Parkers Piece.. Cambridge, England.
     
  25. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Reporting in from Finn McCools in New Orleans.

    Awash with breakfast lager.
     
  26. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Croatia win the toss & they’ll bat.
     
  27. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    Jesus H Christ, more football. It’s bad enough that the Premiership starts in a month without this boring WC game on.
     
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  28. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Typical French .

    Outplayed then get a own goal to lead .
     
  29. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Reservist

    Once again VAR is leading us to: any touch on the arm = penalty. Travesty.
     
  30. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Not a clear and obvious error - and he only gave it when the French appealed .
     
  31. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    Sorry, but that is a definite penalty. The movement of the hand to the ball prevents the ball reaching the six yard box. The whole body movement of the player is to get the ball and not solely with his foot. Arm in an unnatural position moves to the ball.

    Clear as day and the fact that I have France in the office sweepstake is utterly irrelevant.
     
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  32. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Reservist

    Ha ha!
    But seriously, no, no a thousand times no!
     
  33. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    The first bit is subjective. But if the referee says he didn't see it then I'd say that opens the door to it being a clear and obvious error worthy of him being asked to look at the replay and now decide. Whereas if he says he saw it, but did not deem it to be a penalty, there would be no justificiation for VAR being involved further. It doesn't help we can't hear what's being discussed on the mic.

    And I'm sure VAR was reviewing the incident before the French moaned.
     
  34. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    But yes, otherwise you can just block balls in any way you like and say, ‘oh sorry didn’t mean to’.
     
  35. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    Goal of the tournament!!!!!!
     

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