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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcuss View Post
    Really don't think Sweden are all that..
    They were dire in that friendly against England but they crushed in qualifying. They're probably the worst second-seeded team to get, maybe only France would be worse, not sure. And obviously Germany are a nightmare.

    Croatia and Serbia in the same group should be interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    They were dire in that friendly against England but they crushed in qualifying. They're probably the worst second-seeded team to get, maybe only France would be worse, not sure. And obviously Germany are a nightmare.

    Croatia and Serbia in the same group should be interesting.
    Yeah, I'd much rather face Sweden as opposed to France by such a margin that it makes me wonder whether I've missed something. Probably have them in a similar bracket to Turkey and Russia etc.

    Group A looks really good IMO, Croatia, Serbia, Belgium and maybe Wales are all capable of pulling results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcuss View Post
    Yeah, I'd much rather face Sweden as opposed to France by such a margin that it makes me wonder whether I've missed something. Probably have them in a similar bracket to Turkey and Russia etc.

    Group A looks really good IMO, Croatia, Serbia, Belgium and maybe Wales are all capable of pulling results.


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    Sweden a tricky side imo. Nothing particularly exciting or threatening about them, but they always seem to put out teams which are quite well disciplined and drilled, making them hard to beat. It's interesting actually how they always seem to have players who look pretty solid whilst playing for Sweden, but then go back and play like absolute dogs at club level (Teddy Lucic, lolbad).

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    Right, enough of this Eurotrash, time for England to win one

    But seriously. Dug this up because after that performance it's hard to look past Spain scooping another trophy, or it would be if it wasn't for Brazil. Euros have been very good and I have high hopes that we could get a really good WC.

    England side for the qualifiers?

    Hart, Johnson, Lescott, Cole, Gerrard & Rooney the only certs for retention IMO.
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    Might have a little bet on Belgium to win Group A in the Euro qualifiers if I can find some decent odds. Got an abundance of talent at their disposal that has been wasted in the last few years. About time they clicked and qualified for a tournament again.

    Spain to win the World Cup, just look too good and won't have lost many players in next 2 years anyway.

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    Well Germany will hopefully have an older Hummels and have ditched Badstuber, which should make a competent back line. Also seems like Argentina are stacking together a good team, beat Brazil in a friendly and put 4 past Ecuador in qualifying.

    Unsure about Brazil...isn't their best player this Neymar bloke who definitely isn't as good as Messi?
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    Well the hosts were a bit rubbish in Euro2012, so we really should qualify easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GIMH View Post
    Right, enough of this Eurotrash, time for England to win one

    But seriously. Dug this up because after that performance it's hard to look past Spain scooping another trophy, or it would be if it wasn't for Brazil. Euros have been very good and I have high hopes that we could get a really good WC.

    England side for the qualifiers?

    Hart, Johnson, Lescott, Cole, Gerrard & Rooney the only certs for retention IMO.
    Welbeck as well imo.
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    He'll be in the squad but wouldn't say he's an automatic pick for the First XI. Think him and Carroll will battle over that spot, as well as the likes of Bent/Defoe. Wellbeck looks very promising but by no means complete.

    That being said I'd remove Lescott from my list as it's by no means a guarantee he'll keep Cahill out.

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    Would be happy with 5th in our group tbh. Scottish football is at its lowest ever ebb.

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    Brazil going to be under the most ridiculous amount of pressure ever.

    Spain easily favourites but this could be Messi's great stage if Argentina can find the right combination, got an outrageous amount of talent in that squad.

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    I'd add that Richards and Sturridge should always be in the XI from now on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pup Clarke View Post
    I'd add that Richards and Sturridge should always be in the XI from now on.
    Richards and Sturridge?

    Not sure whether you're saying that from a Scottish or English perspective

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