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I think that it's time Shawcross was rewarded for his excellent defensive displays with a call up. If he gets a call up England are guaranteed at least one win.

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Never quite seen the admiration of shawcross tbh. It's not an anti Stoke thing, I just see too many issue with him in lack of mobility, pace and getting caught out of position. Having said that, I haven't seen him play much and we aren't exactly blessed at centre half!!!!

 

 

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I think that it's time Shawcross was rewarded for his excellent defensive displays with a call up. If he gets a call up England are guaranteed at least one win.

 

You are joking right?!

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Shawcross is woeful when up against anyone with a bit of pace and mobility.

 

Wilshere, if fit, make sense. He was excellent for England in his last few games. If Welbeck doesn't go I'd prefer to have Defoe on the bench over Walcott and Carroll. If only Rashford had 6 more months under his belt.

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You are joking right?!

 

I'm not joking. I think he would guarantee at least one England win if he got a call up.

 

I just hope Chris Coleman recognises his talent and names him in his squad this week!

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England didn't look too special against Turkey, couldn't see anything in England's performance compared to other warm up games before major tournaments to be hopeful of doing well or even winning it.

 

Harry Kane looked a threat, Vardy looks lost playing wide left in a 4-3-3, the full backs were promising, Ali's touch looked off, Sterling's final ball was lousy as usual and Joe Hart looked suspect. There wasn't one English player on view who looked class/could be a consistent match winner/game changer apart from perhaps Kane.

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I wouldn't pay much attention to friendlies. England will do well at the Euros, and I think they will make the Semi-Finals, and possibly win it.

Germany , Spain and France, on (burned) home soil, will be in with a shout, but if England get off to a good start, who knows?

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England didn't look too special against Turkey, couldn't see anything in England's performance compared to other warm up games before major tournaments to be hopeful of doing well or even winning it.

 

Harry Kane looked a threat, Vardy looks lost playing wide left in a 4-3-3, the full backs were promising, Ali's touch looked off, Sterling's final ball was lousy as usual and Joe Hart looked suspect. There wasn't one English player on view who looked class/could be a consistent match winner/game changer apart from perhaps Kane.

 

Woy's daft tactics could cost us.

 

Sterling is not currently anywhere near England class, Wileshire was miles off, Vardy is a god damn striker not a winger, why is Woy the only idiot that can't see it and Harry Kane should be in the box on the end of free-kicks instead of taking them from everywhere, I'm surprised he didn't take goal kicks as well! Oh and defensively we are stupidly susceptible, Rose for me is definitely not the answer.

 

4-4-2 in a diamond is my choice;

Hart

 

Clyne

Smalling

Stones

Bertrand

 

Dier

Rooney

Milner

Ali

 

Kane

Vardy

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Very much looking forward to going to the Euros in France. Flying out to Bordeaux on the 12 June.:yes: For 9 nights.

 

Got tickets for Austria v Hungary game in Bordeaux via the UEFA ticket ballot.

 

Also got a mates stag do in Toulouse later on that week and we have all got tickets to various games.

 

Also going to Wales v Russia game in Toulouse on the 20 June, mates had a couple of spare tickets.

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I wouldn't pay much attention to friendlies. England will do well at the Euros, and I think they will make the Semi-Finals, and possibly win it.

Germany , Spain and France, on (burned) home soil, will be in with a shout, but if England get off to a good start, who knows?

 

I usually feel the same way about friendlies but when I was watching the Turkey game my mind went back to the friendlies before the 1990 World Cup and Bobby Robson started to play Gascoigne and you could see Gaza was a different class to any other English player and he was going to be one of the stars of the tourney and as long as he played England would do well. Same with Rooney in Portugal 2004, after the first two group stage games it was apparent Rooney was as good as any player in the tourney and England had a great chance to win with him in the team then some **** trod on his foot and we were relegated to the also rans.

 

I long for an England win but I just don't see that special player or team cohesion but there's a little time and a few quality players to come in.

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England didn't look too special against Turkey, couldn't see anything in England's performance compared to other warm up games before major tournaments to be hopeful of doing well or even winning it.

 

Harry Kane looked a threat, Vardy looks lost playing wide left in a 4-3-3, the full backs were promising, Ali's touch looked off, Sterling's final ball was lousy as usual and Joe Hart looked suspect. There wasn't one English player on view who looked class/could be a consistent match winner/game changer apart from perhaps Kane.

 

Think you're reading a bit too much into a friendly. It was an average performance but Turkey are a very decent team and hadn't been beat in God knows how long. The two full backs were excellent and the front two were a threat as they will be to any defence, although I think Vardy is better suited to being an impact sub.

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Woy's daft tactics could cost us.

 

Sterling is not currently anywhere near England class, Wileshire was miles off, Vardy is a god damn striker not a winger, why is Woy the only idiot that can't see it and Harry Kane should be in the box on the end of free-kicks instead of taking them from everywhere, I'm surprised he didn't take goal kicks as well! Oh and defensively we are stupidly susceptible, Rose for me is definitely not the answer.

 

4-4-2 in a diamond is my choice;

Hart

 

Clyne

Smalling

Stones

Bertrand

 

Dier

Rooney

Milner

Ali

 

Kane

Vardy

 

The commentators last night said that Roy and the coaching staff are alternating between 4-3-3 and 4-4-2 with the diamond, the former doesn't suite Vardy playing wide left. I anticipate Rooney to be the dead ball kicker when he returns.

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Think you're reading a bit too much into a friendly. It was an average performance but Turkey are a very decent team and hadn't been beat in God knows how long. The two full backs were excellent and the front two were a threat as they will be to any defence, although I think Vardy is better suited to being an impact sub.

Agree with all of that really.

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I wouldn't take any of the Irish players to be honest but Bale,Ramsey and Williams would be contenders from Wales.

 

Ireland are useless, and will probably draw 1 lose 2. No passion like they used to have. Best manager ever was an Englishman , Big Jack.

Italy a good outside bet .

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Ireland are useless, and will probably draw 1 lose 2. No passion like they used to have. Best manager ever was an Englishman , Big Jack.

Italy a good outside bet .

 

Italy's squad looks very weak this time with no stars like Pirlo, but we've said this before and they generally do well in tournaments where you need to keep tight defensively.

 

Germany will be strong but don't have any strikers and so in a tight game they might struggle.

 

Spain will also likely get to the latter stages but again don't have a Torres or a Villa to score.

 

France look to have the best squad but they've not played competitively together, so it might be difficult for them.

 

England look like they will score and should progress through the group with ease but once they face difficult opposition where one goal usually settles it, they'll struggle as we look like conceding.

 

Having said all that, you can't really see past Germany or France to win it.

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Italy's squad looks very weak this time with no stars like Pirlo, but we've said this before and they generally do well in tournaments where you need to keep tight defensively.

 

Germany will be strong but don't have any strikers and so in a tight game they might struggle.

 

Spain will also likely get to the latter stages but again don't have a Torres or a Villa to score.

 

France look to have the best squad but they've not played competitively together, so it might be difficult for them.

 

England look like they will score and should progress through the group with ease but once they face difficult opposition where one goal usually settles it, they'll struggle as we look like conceding.

 

Having said all that, you can't really see past Germany or France to win it.

 

Belgium are dark horses and have a few match-winners in their team.

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Hart

Walker/Clyne Stones /Smalling Cahill Rose/Bertrand

Dier

Alli Townsend

Rooney

Kane Vardy

Subs-Walker/Clyne,Rose/Bertrand,Wilshere,Sturridge,Sterling,Forster,Leitch-Smith.

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