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Who do you think will win the World Cup?


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May 10, 2013
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Why do people say this is a young team? Half the team is in their mid to late 20's. The rest are under 25. A young team would be if 9 out of 11 of the players were under 23. Thankfully there's quite a few talented youngsters coming through the City and Chelsea ranks who might make their mark in 4 years.
Because it's the joint youngest team in the tournament with France and thats with Young whos 35 and Cahill who about 40
 

Ronsonfly

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Hes getting to ya. How unfortunate
:rofl What's really unfortunate for you is no cunt is getting to us. We have been riding a wave of jocularity and pleasure throughout the tournament not taking it seriously. We've been un-trollable and still are. Scratch your fingernails out and flesh raw and bloody on our granite, you salty colonials and regionals.
 
Jun 5, 2012
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Really happy with reaching the semi, we bossed the first half but never got any momentum after that. The best England have been in my lifetime pity Loftus-Cheek didn't get more game time, he's the type of player we needed subbing on tonight

Now we have a chance to finish third beating a team that has already beaten us in this tournament. Regardless of the next result it's a great time to be an England fan and with such a young squad we can be really optimistic about the euros next
 
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I could go on and on with all the negative stuff about England. I've read plenty on here and agreed with most of it.

So a look at the positives. Without going into the oh they are a young team that will become a real force and our manager has brought a calm togetherness to the nation and giving him much credit at all.

The players, for the most part, look good.

Pickford is a top-level keeper making a load of world-class saves during the tournament. His distribution is meant to be good even if it did let us down against Croatia. I'd be very happy for him to have the number 1 jersey for many years. The save at the end of the game was a stunner.

Stones did well and was not the huge problem many said he was. He looked as good as most of the big name defenders at the tournament. Maguire impressed, I think huge teams could come knocking for him at some point while Walker proved his class too.

Trippier has been far better than I thought he was, a huge bonus during the world cup seeing him play.

Henderson is not world class or a Kante, but he certainly has plenty in his game to do the naughty grunt type work with more energy than most players who play his role.

Lingard is turning into a very fine player for a prat and Sterling isn't as shit as many claim.

Kane is a world class striker and an alright midfielder.

England played a one-dimensional style that suited our players in most first halves of games. If we could adapt to opposition changes and footballing events like goals then we could become a problem for better sides even if it meant throwing a big man on or a runner/chaser like Welbeck. We are not far off having the right idea. It looked obvious though that we did not have the gumption to improve or change our style which is a bummer. I do not ever expect us to play a nice attacking style of football with flamboyancy or class or have any player remotely near a Modric capable midfielder so us going for it in an English way is fine and better than just turning up and dieing on our arse.
 
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Henderson tried to do too many Gerrard Hollywood passes, plus when ever he went to head the ball in midfield it would go straight to the Croatian players, he was good overall though.
 
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Why do people say this is a young team? Half the team is in their mid to late 20's. The rest are under 25. A young team would be if 9 out of 11 of the players were under 23. Thankfully there's quite a few talented youngsters coming through the City and Chelsea ranks who might make their mark in 4 years.
3rd youngest in the competition
 
Nov 9, 2014
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Always thought trippier is good

Maguire and Lingard have genuinely suprised me

Maguire can be a bit clumsy, but would back him vs anyone on the cross

Lingard still can't finish, but sprinted every match from start to finish and don't even remember him passing the ball to the opposition, I don't know the stats am sure he ran the most in the team by a good margin and he was probably the most accurate passer too

Sterling did well, but didn't have the finished product, rashford and cheek needed more game time, those guys can just play in tight positions
 
May 16, 2013
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All joking aside though i think england are one world class central midfielder away from being a very good team. Kane was starved of anything in the second half and modric and perisic step up big time. Definitely positives for yous to takeaway from this world cup.

Some achievement fron croatia reaching the final aswell, a country with a population of 4million. Hope they win it but cant see them beating France.
 

Eoghan

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All joking aside though i think england are one world class central midfielder away from being a very good team. Kane was starved of anything in the second half and modric and perisic step up big time. Definitely positives for yous to takeaway from this world cup.

Some achievement fron croatia reaching the final aswell, a country with a population of 4million. Hope they win it but cant see them beating France.
Seems like that little tiff they had in the 1990s has done them good...can take heart from that because we're in a bit of a pickle politically as well
 
Jun 7, 2012
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As a total neutral let me tell you what lacked in England tonight.

Experience.
Teams that do well in the beggining of a match and fade later are generally young teams with anxious players that don´t pace themselves.
Also, most of these players didn´t play well after conceding a goal, which again is a clear signal of inexperience.
This was a World Cup semi-final, few things are bigger than this.

I think a few players will appear out of these good U17 and U20 english teams and the next World Cup should look good for you guys. A world class midfielder and a couple of good defenders could make England have high hopes in the near future.
 
Jun 6, 2012
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I've changed my mind.

The Croats can fuck right off. They have ruined what was going to be the best drinking session if all time. I would have literally drank myself to death in happiness but now I'm gonna have to live on and continue talking to other miserable bastards likes all you cunts for at least another four years.

I could've been out.

From now on any Croat is my mortal enemy.
 

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I've changed my mind.

The Croats can fuck right off. They have ruined what was going to be the best drinking session if all time. I would have literally drank myself to death in happiness but now I'm gonna have to live on and continue talking to other miserable bastards likes all you cunts for at least another four years.

I could've been out.

From now on any Croat is my mortal enemy.
#Pray4Dimi
 
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