• skipper replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 hours, 25 minutes ago

    I agree. Croatia is the class act in that group. Iceland are tough opponents but may not get a result.

    As for Messi. He is exceptionally talented and the statistics do not lie. But they also bear witness to the exceptional Barcelona team, possibly the best club side ever, raising him on their shoulders. But I question his character.

    Maradona…[Read more]

  • sophie replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 hours, 26 minutes ago

    I’m not sure, right now there’s a good chance that a 1-0 win in there last game will get them second place.

  • beckyE replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 hours, 26 minutes ago

    Argentina 0 – Croatia 3

    The end of an era? Argentina were terrible. Lethargic, sloppy, lacking imagination, unable to string two passes together, crosses going clear over the head of everyone. Messi was peripheral, and infected by the same sloppiness as the rest of them.

    It will take a miracle for them to get out of the group now, so we are…[Read more]

  • sophie replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 2 days, 3 hours ago

    I imagine neither side would really want to win, but is it against the rules to deliberately try to lose by scoring loads of own goals? Or would they have to pretend to not be trying to lose?

  • Kelly replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 2 days, 6 hours ago

    Here’s an interesting conundrum for you all to consider

    If England and Belgium win their next games and so both qualify before the final game, which merely becomes a question of who tops the group. Brazil and Germany improve on initial matches and qualify, but the latter is second to Mexico and so play Brazil in the last 16. This is known before…[Read more]

  • mighty replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 days, 11 hours 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]

  • bosworth replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 days, 13 hours ago

    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 days, 13 hours 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]

  • SoccerGal replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 days, 13 hours ago

    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 days, 13 hours 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 days, 13 hours 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 days, 13 hours 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 days, 13 hours 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 days, 13 hours 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 days, 13 hours 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 days, 13 hours 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 days, 13 hours 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 days, 13 hours 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 days, 13 hours 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 days, 13 hours ago

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

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