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    Yes, personally I'd leave Stirling as impact sub for Saturday's game as a minimum - last half hour against tiring legs he could be a huge asset, but then again only if they're still in the game at that point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178 View Post
    Have to say I don't get the Barkley over-reaction based on those friendlies - gave the ball away so often, and in the conditions we're going to encounter that's criminal.
    Looked better than Wilshere though, he was garbage against Ecuador.

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    I wouldn't have Wilshere in either. The Ox being injured is a big blow. I'd probably go with Lallana and Welbeck on the flanks but if Welbeck's ruled out then I'd probably go for Milner to leave the pacier men in reserve.

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    Nah Sterling has to start IMO, is a gun. Would have said this had Ox and Welbeck not been injured as well. Fully agree regarding Barkley though, another of those promising young English players that there seem to be a lot of at the moment who I agree are promising but seem to be becoming overrated in terms of their current ability just based on that promise. As much as I have doubts over how well Rooney will play, there is still no way I'd start Barkley ahead of him.
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    I am a huge fan of Barkley, just can't be cynical about him at all. But yeah he should not start. Prefect player to come on with 20 minutes to go.

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    I normally see things similarly to Marc but cannot abide Milner starting ahead of Sterling. And I'm a Milner fan.

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    Yeah, Sterling should start. England's best chance is their direct/fast/Liverpool players.

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    I love Barkley and Sterling but would leave them on the bench and bring them on with half an hour left. Go with the older heads early in this one and then unleash the pace later. Would be tempted to play Sterling from start in rest of group games though.

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    Something about killing the Scots isn't it?

    It is an awful anthem anyway, don't blame anyone for not singing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas View Post
    Something about killing the Scots isn't it?

    It is an awful anthem anyway
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    Fair point.

    It is the tune I have issues with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIMH View Post
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