• mighty replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 1 hour, 19 minutes ago

    I wouldn’t play Vardy with Kane and Lingard, Rashford and Sterling are more fluid and dynamic. They can play outside or as a number 10.

    I agree Kane doesn’t offer much but goals. He can be an outlet and play the target man but he scores. That wasn’t an easy second goal.

    England deserved to win. They ran, they created chances. It’s the first t…[Read more]

  • Sterling was poor, Loftus Cheek looked good for the limited time he was on against a tired team.

    Thought Trippier was the best player on the park – apart from his two goals (which is why he is in the team) thought Kane was invisible, especially in the second half.

    One question – can Vardy and Kane play in the same team? Know that Vardy is good…[Read more]

  • connie replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 hours, 34 minutes ago

    Thing is with one of the Kane corner tussles, just before that disgraceful rugby tackle, Stones, also waiting for the corner to swing in, pushed a Tunisian in the back and he fell to the ground. So if the VAR were to give it to Kane, they’d have had to have given the Stones foul moments prior to it. So they left it all well alone. Wise.

    Not sure…[Read more]

  • 1996 wasn’t a world cup..

    We were good in patches but pretty poor in other games. Scotland and Spain especially and that Germany team wasn’t great.

    Similar in 1990, we were lucky against Cameroon especially.

    This was pretty good. Walker looks a liability but has pace. But he does switch off and takes gambles, lets balls run that a center half…[Read more]

  • sophie replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 hours, 37 minutes ago

    Yes, I thought there was some great running last night, not sure about being composed, but also a lack of precision passing or shooting.

    The penalty decisions were bizarre. After the Brazil game and this one, the refs might start getting tougher on tussles in the box.

  • beckyE replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 hours, 39 minutes ago

    I thought they were quite skillful and composed. They maybe lacked a bit of guile. They need to sharpen up the finishing a bit and maybe a little more luck with some of the refereeing decisions.

  • cat replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 hours, 40 minutes ago

    @pippy Maybe because football is the number one sport in over 100 countries, and rowing and track cycling are minor sports in about 15 countries.

    And anyway, English footballers don’t lack for passion, drive and guts. If they could win just by trying harder they would; it’s the skill, guile and composure they’re lacking.

  • Sammy replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 hours, 41 minutes ago

    Passion, drive, guts etc…. rarer qualities these days, but in abundance in many GB Olympic athletes. Wonder what it is that makes footie so different.

    A sense of entitlement? Look at Iceland’s display. They have no chance of winning it but set out a stall, stuck to the plan and got a great result. Population the size of where I’m from and hol…[Read more]

  • pippy replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 hours, 42 minutes ago

    Passion, drive, guts etc…. rarer qualities these days, but in abundance in many GB Olympic athletes. Wonder what it is that makes footie so different.

  • alec replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 hours, 43 minutes ago

    Perhaps. The likes of Spain and Portugal are mature sides, England’s only hope is it grows into the game through the initial rounds otherwise they’ll getting a hiding later on.

  • Sammy replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 hours, 44 minutes ago

    Or a damaged quiff from heading the ball! There’s no guile in that team, or any team we’ve had for 20 odd years. Bunch of overvalued twunts.

    Maybe we will win it by stealth?

  • Fi replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 hours, 45 minutes ago

    Fair enough- but they’ve been easily the best 2 sides.

    I’d be much more concerned if I was a Germany fan.

    Belgium game will be the real test- if England can live with them, then they could do alright…

  • strike replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 hours, 46 minutes ago

    Was impressed with Tunisia’s obstinacy. Most impressive Volgograd defence since Georgy Zhukov was lacing up his boots.

  • mel replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 hours, 46 minutes ago

    But compared to the Spain v Portugal game, last night looked like Sunday pub league match.

  • skipper replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 hours, 47 minutes ago

    Regarding Kane I can feel a metatarsal coming. Then again serious shoulder dislocation in the penalty box!

  • tigg replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 hours, 47 minutes ago

    Kane is a good player. With him in the side, they’ll be a threat to anyone

    Yes, but he will get injured.

  • Fi replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 hours, 49 minutes ago

    Steady on… they’ve played some of the best football of any team so far, and they’re a young side. Kane is a good player. With him in the side, they’ll be a threat to anyone and given how limited Germany, Brazil, Argentina and France looked, I think they’re not badly placed here.

  • tigg replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 hours, 50 minutes ago

    What did everyone think of the England game last night?

    Unfortunately, in my opinion, they’re missing a lot of quality and inspiration.

    No Beardsley, Waddle, Gascogne, Lineker, Platt. 1996 was the last time we had a side capable of winning it and Baddiel and Skinners song no longer rhymes.

  • Poor from Germany. Looked like they could have played for 900 minutes and still not have scored. Müller looks like the version that turns up at Euros rather than previous World Cups. I think they’ll struggle to get out of the group now (probably means they’ll go on and win it now I’ve said that..)

  • Kelly replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 1 day ago

    Wow, what a game! Germany beaten by Mexico.

  • Load More