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

 

Agreed but I just don't think collectively they are strong enough to win it. Having said that, you could well see a dark horse like an Austria or Turkey getting far in the competition, such is its openness.

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Hart

Walker/Clyne Stones Cahill Rose/Bertrand

Dier

Alli Townsend

Rooney

Kane Vardy

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

 

I'd swap Townsend for Milner as I think we need another defensive minded midfielder in there alongside Dier. Other than that I like that side.

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Although I think he's a very good player I thought Alli was awful against Turkey, is he ready for a big tournament? Sterling put the effort in but showed he is lacking quality at the moment, should he even go?. Vardy looks like he can't play with the 4-3-3 system and do we play Rooney for just his set pieces? Saying that I think Milner should start and he's pretty good at set-pieces.

 

I think we will get through the group stage but no further, defence is where we look weak and I do think we are lacking a quality winger, if only Bale was English!!!

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Although I think he's a very good player I thought Alli was awful against Turkey, is he ready for a big tournament? Sterling put the effort in but showed he is lacking quality at the moment, should he even go?. Vardy looks like he can't play with the 4-3-3 system and do we play Rooney for just his set pieces? Saying that I think Milner should start and he's pretty good at set-pieces.

 

I think we will get through the group stage but no further, defence is where we look weak and I do think we are lacking a quality winger, if only Bale was English!!!

 

He had a quiet game by his standards but still set up Kane with a lovely bit of skill. I'd much rather him be quiet and avoid injury in these few friendlies and then do some damage at the Euros when it really counts. Sterling has been dog **** for City all season and hasn't improved at all from the fantastic season he had when Liverpool finished 2nd. He can still turn out to be a very good player but personally I think he's fortunate to even make the squad myself.

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I don't rate Rashford at all, although he's only 18. Too much pressure on him now,

and high hopes for him to be the saviour. Bring him on for the last 30 mins. if Vardy is having an off day, because I'll guarantee that Kane won't , and I think Kane will be up there with the tournament's top scorers. England to reach the semi-finals, and then who knows, they could win it all. What a boost that would be for the game .

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For sick note Sturridge.

 

 

Giroud and Welbeck aren't good enough to lace his boots when he is the team. Can you imagine Giroud ever scoring a goal like the one Sturridge did against Sevilla? No, nor me! :laugh:

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For me Delph, Henderson and Drinkwater should miss out. Barkley is extremely lucky to be going as he was cack in the last few months of the season, but you would take him in the hope that he has one of them games where it just clicks. Drinkwater is alright but nothing more.

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It hasn't quite panned out as we hoped over the last few months.

 

At the back we look awful. Both Turkey and Australia created far too many chances so goodness knows what the better European strikers will make of our back four.

We just don't look solid at all.

 

A few players, of whom we had high hopes, are completely out of form, like Sterling (should have stayed at the 'Pool) and Berkeley (whose gone backwards in a poor Everton team).

 

Others are either just coming back from many weeks out with injuries or have persistent injury problems, like Jack W, Sturridge (who has a permanent sick note despite being talented) &. Henderson. Taking any of those 3 is a risk.

 

On the plus side, Kane is developing into a decent centre forwrad, Ali (if he can control his temper) is a good attacking midfielder, and for me the likes of Lallana, Vardy and Townsend have all finished the campaign in form. So too Rashford.

 

But what formation do we play? Is Rooney past his best and lost half a yard? I think he is/has.

 

It was all very rosy but I think Woy has got a number of problems to sort out, very close to the Tournament.

 

I'd leave Henderson behind (not remotely international class despite his 100% effort) and possibly Drinkwater (same comment) but it's a risk taking 3-4 players with injuries recently and 2-3 others who are out of form.

 

We'll get hammered anyway so why worry!

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There's one more friendly left but as it stands, based on performances over the last week or so, I think the 11 to play against Russia should look something like this -

 

Hart

 

Walker

Cahill

Smalling

Rose

 

Dier

Milner

Wilshere

 

Alli

Rooney

 

Kane

 

Subs -

 

Forster

Stones

Clyne

Lallana

Sterling

Rashford/Sturridge

Vardy

 

I thought Stones played well tonight but think the tournament has come perhaps 12 months too soon for him to be a starter. Milner and Dier sitting in front of the back four offers good protection for a vulnerable defence and allows Wilshere and Alli to link up with the front two. If you want to attack a little more you could always drop Rooney into midfield and replace Milner with Vardy or Sterling.

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I don't, and never have, see what Henderson offers. What is he good at/does he specialise in - scoring...creating...passing...tackling...controlling/dictating a game? He does none of them, for me. But you just know that Hodgson will take him, as he's one of his favourites.

 

Lallana isn't up to international standard either - far too lightweight. Barkley is incredibly frustrating - bags of talent and skill, but continually makes the wrong decision or gets caught on the ball. Wilshere, too, has the habit of running up too many blind alleys and hanging onto the ball too long.

 

But the biggest weakness by far is the defence, which is p-poor and just waiting to be taken apart by the first half-decent team we come up against.

 

At least we've got quality at the other end to hurt teams, in Kane and Alli, and to a diminishing extent, Rooney.

 

We should make the Quarters due to the bloated format of the tournament meaning facing lesser teams early on, but at that point we'll be playing teams with better quality and more clinical finishing, and that's when it'll be Goodnight Vienna (or in this case Lille or Paris!)

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We're talking about international football aren't we?

 

If so, then Rooney, Kane, Vardy and the rest have it all to prove.

 

I hope we do really well, but many of our players haven't yet proved anything on the international stage.

 

When they've scored as many (vital) international goals as the likes of Charlton, Hurst and Greaves I'll accept your point but not yet.

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Roy has confused himself with his tactics and more importantly he's confused the players. The team lacked any fluidity or cohesion and a team with any quality in the last third would have buried us by Half Time. Why play players in positions they're not used to/comfortable in and don't play for their clubs. Vardy wide left in a 4-3-3 doesn't work and poor Rashord ended up out wide right in a 4-3-3 and that didn't work either. Wilshere as a holding midfield player is a non starter.

 

Would have thought an International manager would know to find a system that suited his best players not choose a system and then fit players into it regardless. Roy has lost the plot.

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There's one more friendly left but as it stands, based on performances over the last week or so, I think the 11 to play against Russia should look something like this -

 

Hart

 

Walker

Cahill

Smalling

Rose

 

Dier

Milner

Wilshere

 

Alli

Rooney

 

Kane

 

Subs -

 

Forster

Stones

Clyne

Lallana

Sterling

Rashford/Sturridge

Vardy

 

I thought Stones played well tonight but think the tournament has come perhaps 12 months too soon for him to be a starter. Milner and Dier sitting in front of the back four offers good protection for a vulnerable defence and allows Wilshere and Alli to link up with the front two. If you want to attack a little more you could always drop Rooney into midfield and replace Milner with Vardy or Sterling.

 

Exact team I would pick. Only possible change would be Stones instead of Smalling as I think he performed better against Australia.

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