World Cup Russia 2018 Thread

I'm a very occasional football watcher but have to agree with the above. I have seen the first half of the last two friendlies.

As a unit they look energetic, prepared to try things, and confident. Southgate seems to me to have handled everything with common sense, dignity and a refreshing sense of humour (and perspective). I think he should have settled earlier on his preferred defensive three plus keeper and let them play together more often but what do I know.

FWIW I don't think we will do that well because we lack world class players (especially in midfield) but I think we will at least play with some vigour and technical ability and I don't think we will just freeze.

So, home early enough, but unembarrassed for me. There might just be enough youth in this cohort for Southgate to build on too

Bruce

Can't say I was impressed by last night's friendly. Costa Rica looked tired (probably Jet-lagged), England were occasionally careless at the back, which would likely be punished by top-rank opposition, and we played at too slow a pace.  I think we will have to up the pace considerably when the tournament starts.

Also, I don't understand why Southgate din't start with his preferred XI. He still seems to be experimenting. The time for that has passed. It's real now.  

I think the problem with a friendly game a week before the World Cup, is nobody wants to get injured.... hence your left with a game which Is almost like a testimonial.

That said I agree with MDS, if these games have to be played then play your starting eleven..... 

Whilst I agree with the points both MDS and Wenger make at least it appears that selection is not a closed shop and keeps the players on their toes.I also believe this creates a squad mentality with all the players feeling they have a chance of playing and this can carry the team along if they progress.  

ALANP posted:

Whilst I agree with the points both MDS and Wenger make at least it appears that selection is not a closed shop and keeps the players on their toes.I also believe this creates a squad mentality with all the players feeling they have a chance of playing and this can carry the team along if they progress.  

Very true, maybe it helps the players not get complacent 

Anything has to be better than the setup some years back, when the same old tired faces formed the nucleus of the team, largely based on past reputation, rather than current form.

I was at the game, and enjoyed seeing the team play with much more freedom and imagination than has been the case lately.

dave marshall posted:

Anything has to be better than the setup some years back, when the same old tired faces formed the nucleus of the team, largely based on past reputation, rather than current form.

I was at the game, and enjoyed seeing the team play with much more freedom and imagination than has been the case lately.

I must say I am quietly optimistic...

Just to follow up my comments above, Rashford was quite properly given man of the match, as he looked a different player to the one who turns out for his club.

Elsewhere, both Rose and Delph must have covered every blade of grass, which was particularly pleasing for me, as a Leeds Fan.

No disrespect to Wemberlee intended, but the atmosphere last night at Elland Road was absolutely brilliant, even down to the banter of the Man U players being roundly booed at the start of the game, but soundly cheered off at the end ............ a great evening.

dave marshall posted:

Just to follow up my comments above, Rashford was quite properly given man of the match, as he looked a different player to the one who turns out for his club.

Elsewhere, both Rose and Delph must have covered every blade of grass, which was particularly pleasing for me, as a Leeds Fan.

No disrespect to Wemberlee intended, but the atmosphere last night at Elland Road was absolutely brilliant, even down to the banter of the Man U players being roundly booed at the start of the game, but soundly cheered off at the end ............ a great evening.

Well that’s all very positive.... Rashfords goal was superb, maybe with England he is allowed to express himself and play his natural attacking game unlike his straight jacket performances at United.

Slightly off topic I note Kenny Dalglish has been knighted.

Very well deserved for his post-Hillsborough efforts, and also his other charitable work. Fine footballer too.

I think, however, that the citation should read for services to the Glaswegian accent. I heard a brief interview with him this am and I'm assuming he was chuffed to bits but I honestly could not tell you for sure!

Incidentally I heard 5Live interview him a while ago-and for the first time realised that one of the presenters is actually his daughter (Kelly Cates). it was a very personal and emotional interview much of which focussed on the Hillsborough funerals etc. Quite moving, and the toll it took in him and his family was evident.

Bruce

Bruce Woodhouse posted:

Slightly off topic I note Kenny Dalglish has been knighted.

Very well deserved for his post-Hillsborough efforts, and also his other charitable work. Fine footballer too.

I think, however, that the citation should read for services to the Glaswegian accent. I heard a brief interview with him this am and I'm assuming he was chuffed to bits but I honestly could not tell you for sure!

Incidentally I heard 5Live interview him a while ago-and for the first time realised that one of the presenters is actually his daughter (Kelly Cates). it was a very personal and emotional interview much of which focussed on the Hillsborough funerals etc. Quite moving, and the toll it took in him and his family was evident.

Bruce

I have just been listening to a brief interview with KD, I think he was very pleased with the honour....?? Subtitles required next time...

As I’m sure most Liverpool fans would say a ‘Legend ‘ ..

Haim Ronen posted:

It is time for a non South American or Western European team to win the world cup, it was never achieved before. The closest chance was in 2002 when South Korea and Turkey lost in the semis by the same meager score (0:1) to Germany and Brazil.

I agree, it would be great for the world game.

thebigfredc posted:

KD was one of those people who earns respect by actions. I like people who say little but when they do speak are worth listening too. A terrific footballer and a good ambassador for Liverpool since his retirement.

 

Arise Sir Kenny ! .... And could he play !!

wenger2015 posted:
Bruce Woodhouse posted:

Slightly off topic I note Kenny Dalglish has been knighted.

Very well deserved for his post-Hillsborough efforts, and also his other charitable work. Fine footballer too.

I think, however, that the citation should read for services to the Glaswegian accent. I heard a brief interview with him this am and I'm assuming he was chuffed to bits but I honestly could not tell you for sure!

Incidentally I heard 5Live interview him a while ago-and for the first time realised that one of the presenters is actually his daughter (Kelly Cates). it was a very personal and emotional interview much of which focussed on the Hillsborough funerals etc. Quite moving, and the toll it took in him and his family was evident.

Bruce

I have just been listening to a brief interview with KD, I think he was very pleased with the honour....?? Subtitles required next time...

As I’m sure most Liverpool fans would say a ‘Legend ‘ ..

I first saw him play in the early 70s in a Blackpool-Celtic pre-season friendly - Blackpool were 3-0 up at HT and Celtic brought on an 18 year old kid who scored a hat trick to earn a 3-3 draw ...

At Liverpool, I absolutely loved the taciturn brevity of his infrequent post-match interviews. His treatment of the press (he has since mellowed) was a pleasure to watch.

As a former Liverpool shareholder, (until Gillette & Hicks turned up), I managed to meet him a couple of times at Club events (agm etc) and was always overwhelmed by his charm and humility, as well as his accent!

Hillsborough almost destroyed him and his efforts on behalf of the families has always been nothing less than heroic.

Legend he certainly is - as a player, manager, person ...

YNWA

First match today at 1.00 pm looks a good one  - Egypt v Uruguay,  Mo Salah and Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny v Godin, Suarez (will he bite anyone) and Edison Cavani.  Uruguay are definitely one to watch not really a surprise package with the squad they have but they may do much better than many think.

Then at 4pm Morrocco v Iran before one of the World Cup 2018's big matches at 7.00 pm Portugal v Spain do not miss this one!

Bob the Builder posted:

First match today at 1.00 pm looks a good one  - Egypt v Uruguay,  Mo Salah and Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny v Godin, Suarez (will he bite anyone) and Edison Cavani.  Uruguay are definitely one to watch not really a surprise package with the squad they have but they may do much better than many think.

Then at 4pm Morrocco v Iran before one of the World Cup 2018's big matches at 7.00 pm Portugal v Spain do not miss this one!

Apparently FIFA will allow Suarez to take a lunch box on to the pitch as long as he promises to share the contents with anyone else that gets peckish during the game......

dave marshall posted:

Tough luck on Egypt, I thought.

They seemed well organised in defence, and protected the ball well in possession ............ cruel way to lose the game. 

Agreed Dave,I thought they didn't deserve to lose.However they should have given Sala a run out for the last 20 mins when they appeared to be in control.

.......However they should have given Sala a run out for the last 20 mins when they appeared to be in control.
 

Agree, just having him on the pitch, even at 3/4 pace could have put Uruguay off-kilter. Hopefully it isn't a sign that his injury is in fact worse than they are letting on.

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