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Who I'd take to Russia if I were Southgate: Pickford, Butland, Pope; Rose, Bertrand, Walker, TAA, Stones, Dier, Lascelles, Maguire, Henderson, Delph, Shelvey, Loftus-Cheek, Lallana, Alli, Lingard, Sancho, Sterling, Rashford, Kane, Vardy.

As for Hart, it would be nice if Shrewsbury win the play-off final for him to return home next season, as he will be unlikely to have any PL suitors. Would be a good place to rebuild where the fans would give him unanimous backing.

Germany's outfield squad was pretty much what I would have gone for. Petersen was an astute selection. Whether it was him Wagner, Uth or whoever in Stindl's absence, they would be very unlikely to get a start ahead of Werner and Gomez - so taking the super sub was the right move, especially when he is a good penalty taker if required.

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2 minutes ago, Horse of Kent said:

Who I'd take to Russia if I were Southgate: Pickford, Butland, Pope; Rose, Bertrand, Walker, TAA, Stones, Dier, Lascelles, Maguire, Henderson, Delph, Shelvey, Loftus-Cheek, Lallana, Alli, Lingard, Sancho, Sterling, Rashford, Kane, Vardy.


I think England should be taking at least one of Albrighton or Ward-Prowse, purely for the delivery abilities. Albrighton obviously having had a better season, and being generally more proven, but I think JWP is better just at pure crossing the ball in so in taking an otherwise fringe player for very specific potential scenarios he might be a better idea.

Also I'd take Tarkowski, probably ahead of Lascelles but not sure. And I don't trust Shelvey, but I can see the argument for having an unpredictable maverick in a tournament like that.

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2 hours ago, Notone said:

You kinda have to feel sorry for Joe Hart. 6 years ago at the Euros in the Ukraine and Poland Hart looked like the long needed fix after years of goalkeepig woes for England. It's really amazing how deep he has fallen from grace during the last 2-3 years. It really went downhill for him at an amazing pace since Guardiola arrived and announced that Hart was not the right keeper for his vision.

It had started way before then.

There's a rumour that he has a longstanding back problem which can't be sorted out and has been progressively getting worse over the last 5 years. It is alleged to be the reason he had such a sudden and clear issue with shots aimed to his left side, particularly low ones, which hadn't been obvious previously.

It's right that he isn't in the squad. He'd be no use even as a 2nd or 3rd choice at the moment.

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4 minutes ago, polishgenius said:

I think England should be taking at least one of Albrighton or Ward-Prowse, purely for the delivery abilities. Albrighton obviously having had a better season, and being generally more proven, but I think JWP is better just at pure crossing the ball in so in taking an otherwise fringe player for very specific potential scenarios he might be a better idea.

Also I'd take Tarkowski, probably ahead of Lascelles but not sure. And I don't trust Shelvey, but I can see the argument for having an unpredictable maverick in a tournament like that.

Ward-Prowse would be a good idea. I am not especially convinced by Shelvey either, but I had a space free in midfield and thought he would offer more than Cook. Lascelles is over Tarkowski only because he is a natural leader in an inexperienced squad.

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Based on form over the past 2-3 months, Southgate should be begging Milner to come out of retirement for one last hurrah. He definitely merits a place ahead of Lallana, Shelvey, Loftus-Cheek and Dier.  The squad has plenty of good attackers but it looks light on ball-winners, especially since Henderson has been injury prone in the past.  

They have enough firepower to get out of the group stage, but they might lack the MF to get the ball off a more talented team. 

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4 hours ago, Iskaral Pust said:

Based on form over the past 2-3 months, Southgate should be begging Milner to come out of retirement for one last hurrah. He definitely merits a place ahead of Lallana, Shelvey, Loftus-Cheek and Dier.  The squad has plenty of good attackers but it looks light on ball-winners, especially since Henderson has been injury prone in the past.  

They have enough firepower to get out of the group stage, but they might lack the MF to get the ball off a more talented team. 



Maybe they should take Jonathan Hogg, by some distance the most effective English ball-winner in the league this season and the only player who matches up to Ndidi, Gueye and Kante, the usual leaders in that regard.

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Allardyce is gone. It'll be interesting to see if Everton's hierarchy can get it right this summer.

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2 minutes ago, ljkeane said:

Allardyce is gone. It'll be interesting to see if Everton's hierarchy can get it right this summer.


Moyes could be available. Over to you, Mr. Moshiri. Bring him home.

 

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It’s about three months too late, but - finally - he’s gone.

 

Thank God! Because, with Samuele out, there has to be a God. 

#Dontevercomeback!!!

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11 hours ago, Dolorous Gabe said:

It had started way before then.

There's a rumour that he has a longstanding back problem which can't be sorted out and has been progressively getting worse over the last 5 years. It is alleged to be the reason he had such a sudden and clear issue with shots aimed to his left side, particularly low ones, which hadn't been obvious previously.

It's right that he isn't in the squad. He'd be no use even as a 2nd or 3rd choice at the moment.

Be that is it may. I didn't say Hart deserved to be called up, you can still somehow feel sorry for him. Because it's a quite deep fall from one of the best 5 or 7 goalkeepers in the world to not even be good enough to be the first choice keeper in West Ham (no offense).  Some boarders seemed to enjoy it a bit too much. No idea if Hart is such a bellend that he deserves it.

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11 hours ago, Horse of Kent said:

Who I'd take to Russia if I were Southgate: Pickford, Butland, Pope; Rose, Bertrand, Walker, TAA, Stones, Dier, Lascelles, Maguire, Henderson, Delph, Shelvey, Loftus-Cheek, Lallana, Alli, Lingard, Sancho, Sterling, Rashford, Kane, Vardy.

The few changes I'd make from your squad would be:

Young over Bertrand - I think Young is a better crosser of the ball, and this season it seems he has assumed a leadership role at Man United, which might be valuable amongst in the England team.

Tarkowski over Lascelles - I see what you mean about Lascelles having the experience of being a captain, but I'd say Tarkowski is probably better on the ball, which seems to mean a lot to Gareth Southgate when it comes to centre backs.

Wilshere over Lallana - I think Southgate will pick Lallana, but if his reason for neglecting Wilshere is his injury problems, it seems strange to pick Lallana, who has struggled with injuries all year. Wilshere, despite previous injury problems, has played 38 games in all competitions compared to Lallana's 13.

Welbeck over Sancho - I haven't seen much of Sancho, to be fair, and some others have suggested picking him, so he must be decent, but I think it might be a tournament too soon - same for Ryan Sessengon. Welbeck has a good record for England and has looked decent in recent months for Arsenal. It helps to have versatile players like Delph, Young and Welbeck in a tournament squad.

Also, I wouldn't take Shelvey. A lot of people have been calling for him to be picked, but I haven't seen enough of him to agree with them.

I'd take Trippier, but would also take Alexander-Arnold, given that Walker seems to be taking a role as right centre-back for England.

 

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50 minutes ago, Notone said:

 No idea if Hart is such a bellend that he deserves it.

He's a flash bastard, the very epitome of the overrated, over-inflated egotist that has afflicted England for the past twenty years.

 

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13 hours ago, polishgenius said:

What the fuck has been happening in Lisbon today? A crowd of 50 Ultras broke into their training ground and beat up the players and coaches, leading to a hospitalisation for Bas Dost. The squad is probably going to boycott the cup final this weekend, and you'd imagine a few will leave in summer, if not all of them (there's some chatter that they could have grounds for terminating their contracts if they show that the club failed to take proper security measures, or something).

All apparently because they missed out on a CL spot this season.

I've read that the club president is a major part of the problem. Apparently this guy is a former ultra himself and has been making inflammatory remarks about the team and coach even going as far as mocking them on social media and referring to the players as cry babies. When the coach and players complained he suspended them for a time. Basically, the behaviour of this populist, narcissistic cunt is probably the reason for emboldening other ultras to do what they did. I certainly hope all the players fuck off. They certainly have just cause for terminating their contracts. 

Edited by Consigliere

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So it's official, West Ham have announced that Moyes will be leaving. Paulo Fonseca seems to be the frontrunner to take over.

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England rumoured to be picking Leon Bailey despite him being ineligible. At least if we are kicked out the tournament, we can’t lose on penalties.

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Goalkeepers: Butland, Pickford, Pope

Defenders: Walker, Trippier, Alexander-Arnold, Stones, Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Young, Rose

Midfielders: Dier, Delph, Henderson, Loftus-Cheek, Lingard, Alli, Sterling 

Forwards: Kane, Rashford, Vardy, Welbeck

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Without Lallana or Wilshere that midfield really lacks creativity. Happy for TAA, could be a nice asset if Southgate plays 3 atb.

Edited by Mark Antony

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I like it. Only five players survive from Brazil. Revolution, not evolution.

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We’re really restructuring atm. 

Along Allardici, CEO Elstone is leaving. Seems to be some sort of splitting up the responsiblity for that position - that is, we’re getting a new CEO, but also some people from the board step up to take charge of spesific tasks previously under the CEO (e.g the commercial side, the new stadium etc).

Also, Steve Walsh is either out or moving sideways, with Marcel Brands joining from PSV to become our new DOF. And a new manager will hopefully be incoming very shortly. 

And Rooney leaving, which is - unfortunaltely - overdue. We don’t need three slow number 10s - so the oldest needs to go. 

How the squad will look after the summer will be exciting to see. However, I reckon next season will see at best minimal movement in the table.

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2 minutes ago, Rorshach said:

And Rooney leaving, which is - unfortunaltely - overdue. We don’t need three slow number 10s - so the oldest needs to go. 

Is he definitely going? I thought he was waiting for clarity on Sam's position. 

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