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i watched england against nigeria. i have to say that to be fair, we look quite good. Southgate to his credit has ditched the rooneys and we've got some decent young talent. Kane, Ali, Sterling look like a good 3 in attack and southgate has shown that he is flexible with his formations. keep expectation low and we might do o.k.

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we will destroy belgium, their manager is their weak link….all balls to their manager!

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

Well.... nearly at West Ham having michy batshuayi or as my Chavski mate calls him... Batshite :o) Scoring goals for Dortmond but shocking performance for Belgium

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Panamas wrestling/football team but TBF england are playing with a belief we havnt really seen since the days of el Tel!!
Lingards goal was the best in the tournament for me so far...much bigger test against belgium but we are already through so can play without fear,Bring it on!!

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asheshammer's picture

lingard's goal was a cracker!

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hammergirl's picture

It may surprise you but having women commentators on the matches has really got on my unmentionabals...I'm sorry it just does not work for me....its not a B*T*H thing lol its just not right...as for the var well after the Portugal game yesterday I think quite a few questions have arisen over the time it has taken to get the so called decision right and they still got it wrong if that was a penalty I'm a bullfrog!

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1. The diving and theatrics as always. Seriously I think they should be named, shamed, banned and beaten for the embarrassing behaviour.
2. Inconsistent with the refs and VAR too. Start dishing out retrospective yellows for diving and it might start changing. Ignoring it and it'll continue. Neymar's dive in the box for one. Ref gave a penalty. reviewed it, revoked it realising he'd been conned. Where was the booking for simulation???????
3. Germany.

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1,Linekar. 2,Linekar 3,Linekar

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Burkie 1

We have a chance now

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asheshammer's picture

The draw favours the second-place side in Group G now that Germany are out. Beat Japan, Beat Sweden and you're in the quarterfinals. No Brazil. Probably face Spain in quarterfinals, but at that point, it's anyone's bet. And who knows, Spain might fall before then.

So what happens when both teams want to lose? Guaranteed draw.

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Well, I can hardly believe I said that! For times, England were by far the better team, but Columbia always looked dangerous when they had a chance to attack. I was very wary of a goal against the run of play. Then Columbia started playing dirty, and the match threatened to get out of control. I thought the whole team should have been sent off. Definite penalty, well taken by Kane. But England played into Columbia's hands -- it seemed to me they got into the gamesmanship themselves and they stopped attacking like they wanted to score, instead gaming to get set pieces and hoping they could get someone sent off. You really have to go for goal; it's the knockout phase. Those tactics came to haunt them when Columbia rifled a shot from 30-35 yards that Pickford had to make a great save on. And it wasn't enough: the ensuing corner led to a goal (Trippier, I think, should have managed to keep that out.) And so it went to penalties. And how many times have we seen that. Then Hendeson went weakly to the right and Osina guessed correctly. Mid-height, fairly easy save. I honestly thought it was all over at that point. ... Well, you all know the rest. The curse broken, the quarterfinals ahead. A tough, physical match with Sweden looms, and if England make it past that, it's all to play for. Wow!

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Dicks is the man's picture

England were awful. I'm fast losing belief in Southgate. what did lingard do? what about Sterling? Ali plays too deep to be effective, lost in the middle of the field. Colombia were poor, apart from the threat of Falcao pretty ordinary. I can see England losing to Sweden on penalties next unless they crank it up and stop relying on Kane.

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moore 6 legend's picture

I'd like to know,why Steptoe never put himself up to take a pen,being a striker and having fresher legs and all that.

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moore2come's picture

I kept expecting him to take the next one too.

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Watched it in the pub,all that excitement is not good for the old ticker at my age!!
What southgate deserves credit for imo is he has instilled belief in this team,under hodgson,etc the team would have folded under the pressure,but not this lot!!Its actually a joy to see an Engand team putting up such a fight

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I see where you are coming from mate but we were one kick away from going out and the same old same old. i didnt see anything in the way of an attacking force despite the much lauded kane, sterling and ali. for me they looked the opposite of strong under pressure but perhaps a little scared to play football. colombia offered little in attack, falcao marked by 3 centre backs, so i was disappointed by the approach. he has to change sterling, he's not working. either put sterling in young's role or ditch him for vardy or rash ford.

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I would rather have rashford,loftus-cheek or vardy instead of sterling & ali.Also when you watch it at home rather than the pub you can probably take in more of the game & analyse it more...

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Have to agree with hammer girl. No women commentators! Reporters are ok even certain pundits but commentators on men's games no. As for yesterday, it's refreshing to see an England team that doesn't amble about like they don't care. I reiterate that Southgate has done a good job with ordinary players he also has got a good connection between the team and media and fans. Having said that I still can't get that excited about us. Maybe that's just football in general now. I don't see us winning it. For me dicksy touches on it slightly. Both Ali and sterling have become passengers. Ali has contributed nothing and is letting the team down. Sterling movement is good but doesn't do anything right when he gets it. Kane hasn't contributed enough in the all round game but obviously should stay. We don't have any creativity with Ali and sterling playing this way! Would be better if we had whitshire. I saw Sweden and they are terrible going forward but possibly the best defensive side. Not sure how we can brake down a team like that who are clearly gonna sit back. We won't be able to get behind them, so it maybe up to someone like ratchford to go at them. Personally I think trippier has been superb along with McGuire . Stones, young and Henderson have done well. All better than Kane.

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Sterling is more annoying me than disappointing me. He's attempted and failed to go past a single player about 60 times. And nearly everyone of his shots is blocked. His only benefit to the team I can see is his size. Easy to get fouled! Even open goals he's missed despite being offside. Surely missing that has affected him since!! Ali has also been pretty absent from games. Not contributing in the final 3rd where he's meant to be effective and Kane is dropping too deep. If we can't get the ball forward to him he shouldn't be kicking it. He collects it in midfield and looks up to see where he's meant to be making a run and has no one to pass too cos he ain't there!! The rest of the team have done well imo in showing fight if not the quality. Agree with you on Trippier and McGuire, since the 1st game they've been excellent. Walker is a bit of a worry for me too though. At fault a few times and looks like he could make a mistake at any moment where a team with a good forward line will punish the crap out of us.

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I predict a win for england & into the final on sunday which is going to bring the country to a standstill....COY 3 lions!!

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moore 6 legend's picture

No creative pass through the middle, get nobes on

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Had it in the bag first half but you have to take your chances

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first real test and england shown up. 1 shot on target? i guess they were overhyped. southgates obsession with sterling as a striker …never got that. oh well.

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moore 6 legend's picture

They do it all the time,that song it's coming home is a jinx mate.

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moore 6 legend's picture

Spuds bottled it again,Ali totally overrated.

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Dicks is the man's picture

i thought kane went missing since the knockout stages began. done nuffink, nuffink at all.

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moore 6 legend's picture

yes mate just like lukaku yesterday.

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andycarrollstyle's picture

That golden chance Kane had in the first half to put us two up... anyone other player - it would of been 'Ohhh he has to score from there!' He was non-existant almost oin this match, as was Alli, Lingard and Rashford. And Sterling for all his guile on the ball, clueless when it comes to the finish. The England team has done well this year, but its been down to a largely solid defense and fantastic keeper. I'm gutted we are out, still trying to see the positives. We had an easy run apart from Belgium and Croatia. Honestly thoughr we would win tonight and was happy France got to the final as we would have had more chance against them in my opinion. Yes we've pushed on from our bad form but there will never be another world cup like this again where all the big teams were knocked out Germany, Spain, Belgium, Brazil and all. This should of been our year

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Kane went missing (just trotted around mostly), Ali, Lingard, Sterling were too lightweight. Henderson's overcautious play just appalled me. England got mugged. Croatia saw that the ref was letting some really physical play go unpunished (or punished without yellow) and took advantage of that. But England have only themselves to blame -- they did not play physcially in response, nor were they aggressive on the ball. Why play 3 at the back if you aren't going to throw players forward? So much of the second half I saw a sea of black in the box and 2 or 3 white shirts. Croatia's goal number one was a high boot if you ask me, but STILL England should have pressed, pushed, attacked and won. They played cautious and lost. What was it Churchill said? "Difficulties mastered are opportunities won". This time they didn't rise to the difficulty or take the opportunity. Damn -- it hurts. Can't see France losing the final.

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never a high boot Ashes. Walker was diving for the ball to head hit clear, he can't dive at 6feet. Weak defending for both goals you ask me and shows the defence need to develop more. As long as they stick together though and do that, there should be some significant improvement for the Euro's in 2020.

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whilst i agree this was a better england than usual with a lot of youngsters that will gain expereince. looking back on the tournament overall, i cant say i join the bandwagon that it was all that. if we'd done a belgium and beaten brazil in the quarters then you could say so. but the first half decent side (and they are an ageing one) in croatia and it is us that run out of ideas and steam? south gate deserves some credit sure, but looking back at his boro days, he's no Alf Ramsey. i think we all got grand ideas that the team was capable of beating anyone, but the reality is we were never tested until croatia. there are some fundamental flaws in the line up imo, lingard is a nothing player in midfield, he just waits for a scoring chance and adds nothing else, Ali is played too deep to be used to his strengths, henderson is simply a waste of space and sterling as a support player to Kane? that one is glaringly useless. sterling should have been utilised out wide like at city where his pace is his strength, look at how many bodged chances he squandered where someone like vardy or rash ford would have scored. the one thing that does look ok is the keeper and the defence. yes caught out against croatia and tunisia and colombia, but at least it was something different to all the back 4's at the tournament. england were inventive from set pieces, again credit to south gate. but my overall verdict is good effort from some of the players, questionable line up from the manager, good team spirit, lacking quality.

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