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Thread: World Cup 2018

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    World Cup 2018

    Just ten days to go before the tournament kicks off with the opening match match between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
    Not many will give England a chance against the likes of Brazil and Argentina from South America and the European big-boys of Germany,France and Spain.Getting out of the group won't be easy for England but we live in hope.
    Makes you wonder how strong the German side is when they can afford to leave Leroy Same at home?

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    Will we win it? Probably not. Can we win it? Of course it's possible, we just need a bit of luck along the way. I certainly don't subscribe to the thinking that we should give up and prepare for 2022 instead. It's 11 v 11 - it's perfectly possible that we could do well, luck out by Germany or Brazil being knocked out early unexpectedly and who knows, we might even win a penalty shoot out at some point ;-)

    I certainly don't think we should regard getting out of the group as a success, Belgium are no great shakes despite their high world ranking and we don't even need to finish above them to get out of the group.

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    There have been 13 World Cups since and including 1966 when we won it. Our next best performance was Semi Finals in 1990. Lets be honest we are a quarter final team, anything beyond that history tells us is an over performance. I stopped hoping for another win before the South African tournament , 50 years of hurt. Glad I lowered my expectations as the England team certainly didn't disappoint. At least I can remember our only triumph, 8 years old at the time. Will of course be watching the tournament but no longer with high hopes.

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    If we play as a team, have our fair share of luck and Harry Kane has a good tournament I donít see why we can have a positive one even if we donít win it. There seems to be less pressure on us now we canít boast the likes of Cole, Terry, Gerrard, Lampard and Rooney, and just maybe we can finally play with a bit of freedom and enjoyment instead of our players looking mortified.

    Iíd like to see this team:

    Pickford

    Trippier
    Walker
    Dier
    Cahill
    Young

    Delph
    Loftus Cheek
    Alli

    Sterling
    Kane

    Subs:

    Butland
    Maguire
    Rose
    Henderson
    Lingard
    Rashford
    Vardy

    Stones hasnít played enough football for City lately to warrant a place in the side. I think Delph is under-rated and he can get about the pitch much better than Eric Dier when heís playing that role.

    Loftus Cheek can bring the ball forward well in the same way as Adam Lallana can when heís fit and on form. It was a toss up between Lingard and Alli. Lingard is coming off the better season, but I think Alli has a higher ceiling in terms of ability.

    If Kane and Sterling perform how they do for their clubs, and it is a big if, then along with Alli they can cause any team major problems. Some great subs to have on the bench too in the likes of Vardy, Rashford and Lingard if we need a goal.
    Last edited by TylerB; 04-06-18 at 06:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TylerB View Post
    If we play as a team, have our fair share of luck and Harry Kane has a good tournament I don’t see why we can have a positive one even if we don’t win it. There seems to be less pressure on us now we can’t boast the likes of Cole, Terry, Gerrard, Lampard and Rooney, and just maybe we can finally play with a bit of freedom and enjoyment instead of our players looking mortified.

    I’d like to see this team:

    Pickford

    Trippier
    Walker
    Dier
    Cahill
    Young

    Delph
    Loftus Cheek
    Alli

    Sterling
    Kane

    Subs:

    Butland
    Maguire
    Rose
    Henderson
    Lingard
    Rashford
    Vardy

    Stones hasn’t played enough football for City lately to warrant a place in the side. I think Delph is under-rated and he can get about the pitch much better than Eric Dier when he’s playing that role.

    Loftus Cheek can bring the ball forward well in the same way as Adam Lallana can when he’s fit and on form. It was a toss up between Lingard and Alli. Lingard is coming off the better season, but I think Alli has a higher ceiling in terms of ability.

    If Kane and Sterling perform how they do for their clubs, and it is a big if, then along with Alli they can cause any team major problems. Some great subs to have on the bench too in the likes of Vardy, Rashford and Lingard if we need a goal.
    I'll go with:-

    Pickford

    Stones
    Cahill
    Maguire

    Walker
    Delph
    Alli
    Loftus-Cheek
    Rose

    Kane
    Sterling

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    Quote Originally Posted by TylerB View Post
    Iíd like to see this team:

    Pickford

    Trippier
    Walker
    Dier
    Cahill
    Young

    Delph
    Loftus Cheek
    Alli

    Sterling
    Kane

    Subs:

    Butland
    Maguire
    Rose
    Henderson
    Lingard
    Rashford
    Vardy

    Some great subs to have on the bench too in the likes of Vardy, Rashford and Lingard if we need a goal.
    There's no need to specifically select subs as every squad member that is not in the starting XI is available to come on as a sub. (.....they use bloody long benches in the World Cup & Euros!)

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    Got a manager who is experienced in international tournaments and who has visible plans for the future and present he is putting in to action. He has given the players we have the best chance of succeeding. Our squad is made up of relatively young players, but who nonetheless have played at a high level. Player for player I think only a few teams are stronger than us.

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    This is what I would do, based on the squad, set out in a rough 4-2-3-1, even though I know it will be 3 at the back...

    Pickford
    Walker
    Stones
    Cahill
    Young (didn't think I would be typing that!)
    Henderson
    Alli
    Sterling
    Loftus-Cheek
    Rashford
    Kane

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    When you compare it to the England side of years again, something like the below, it really is like night and day. I'm just hoping the side can play without fear seeing as nobody is expecting much at all from us, whereas our previous generation always went into tournament as one of the favourites despite failing in tournament football so much. (Selected 4-4-2 for both sides)

    James - Pickford

    G. Neville - Walker
    Ferdinand - Stones
    Terry - Cahill
    Cole - Rose

    Beckham - Sterling
    Gerrard - Dier
    Lampard - Lingard
    Scholes - Lallana

    Rooney - Alli
    Owen - Kane

    The only one's you can make a genuine case for to get in our side from 10 years ago is Pickford, Walker and Kane.

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    Pickford walker rose dier cahill macguire sterling lingard kane vardy young

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    We should get to the quarters, but that's as far as we'll get, as we'll most probably play Brazil or Germany. The depth in the other nations squads is quite scary, and most the players they've all left out would all walk in to England's side.

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