General Discussion: World Cup 2014


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Razorlight123
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4486 posts since 13/1/10

15 Jun 2014 00:34
Mr.X. wrote: Rooney's corner, what happened? So easy to blame the pitch

Wellbeck's crap.

Welbeck did quite alot in the first half - was closing down like crazy.
james_fox
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541 posts since 1/8/10

15 Jun 2014 00:37
he played well, did exactly what he was supposed to.

even though we lost that was easily the best england WC performance in a long time.
MasterBlaster
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884 posts since 7/4/12

15 Jun 2014 01:10
Played well, kept the ball decently and no long aimless balls like we usually see. Only difference was they took a half chance from 20 yards and we didn't..
DY
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9618 posts since 9/6/11

15 Jun 2014 01:49
Good game that.

Glen Johnson is shocking.

Rooney is easy to blame, probably one of England's better performers

The pitch was shocking for both teams, pretty poor play by both.

We will come second in the group
smith
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10784 posts since 5/5/04

15 Jun 2014 02:13
james_fox wrote: he played well, did exactly what he was supposed to.

even though we lost that was easily the best england WC performance in a long time.

Was it really? We played an Italy side with not much up top and been struggling of late in friendlies, yet they scored when they needed to, then sat back and did what they do best. Getting into the final third and almost creating chances doesnt quite paper over the cracks for me. Italy won 2006 after many games of just getting behind the ball after taking the lead, so I guess they deserve credit there.

But no expectations I guess, so can't be too disappointed. (Other than the fact we worship these players week in week out in the best league in the world).
smith
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10784 posts since 5/5/04

15 Jun 2014 02:22
Looks like ivory coasts prem stars of past and present are a bit better than England's.
Double D
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3552 posts since 8/3/07

15 Jun 2014 03:00
All this talk bout attacking players when we let ourselves down defensively, little to no screening from the midfield and the back 4 and goalkeeper all at sea. Missing the Chelsea racist big time, not taking Cole could be a mistake, but no fixing the right back position as there isn't a good one in the whole country.
Mr.X.
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2866 posts since 23/6/13

15 Jun 2014 06:38
It was basically like watching Liverpool without Suarez. Quick counter attacking football and a defence riddled with more holes than a Swiss cheese.
trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

15 Jun 2014 07:54
Nice to see that the media have focused on the positives and not just crucified em for losing.

The other two teams are both definitely dangerous, but neither keep the ball in the middle as well as the Italians, so we should fare better
Foxtrot
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2466 posts since 8/4/09

15 Jun 2014 07:57
that's sturridges game. one on one he beats defenders on the regular. he's very explosive. tough result england played well. just didnt take the chances. rooney missed a crucial chance late on. didnt do enough on pirlo also. he really is a joy to watch though!
disappointed with wilsheres performance too.
trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

15 Jun 2014 08:33
Wilshere not a great option when chasing the game.

If Ox is back for the next game that'll really help
Foxtrot
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posted 15 Jun 2014 08:40, edited 15 Jun 2014 08:40
yeah true dat. i love it when players who should arguably have retired but still can dictate games still play.
http://www.101greatgoals.com/blog/the-curve-on-andrea-pirlos-late-free-kick-versus-england-was-simply-incredible/
i could watch this for hours
takinglives
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565 posts since 13/10/05

15 Jun 2014 09:38
Think that was England's best performance in a tournament since Portugal in Euro 2004. Indicative I know of how poor England have been in tournament football since 96/98, but still, good to see them pass the ball and create.
carl lewis
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23649 posts since 14/10/04

15 Jun 2014 09:52
Pirlo had 117 or something silly like that.
MoB
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36707 posts since 31/8/04

15 Jun 2014 10:02
takinglives wrote: Think that was England's best performance in a tournament since Portugal in Euro 2004. Indicative I know of how poor England have been in tournament football since 96/98, but still, good to see them pass the ball and create.

Agree with this, plenty to be positive about. Lallana showed some nice touches when he came on and throw ox in the mix we'll get through. Shame Glenn Johnson is so shit.
carl lewis
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15 Jun 2014 10:10
Lallana was awful, not ready at this level.

Ross was best sub, lovely run until Wayne decide to take the ball from him.
MoB
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36707 posts since 31/8/04

15 Jun 2014 10:17
Awful? Do explain
Razorlight123
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15 Jun 2014 10:23
I thought he was lively on the ball, didn't really make serious impact - but saying he was awful is harsh.

Same as the criticsms of Wilshere
Vazza
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4294 posts since 30/9/06

15 Jun 2014 10:38
carl has got it in for poor Adam Sad
MoB
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36707 posts since 31/8/04

15 Jun 2014 10:39
England have had the most shots in the tournament so far, 2nd best passing accuracy and top passing in opposition half too. A lot to be positive about compared to the last 10 years.