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    Add any two players from history to your current WC squad

    Simple ask really. Tell us why you chose them and what they'd add to your current team.

    Figured this blends a bit of nostalgia with some thoughts on strengths and weaknesses of the current sides we follow.

    Players do not need to be from the country you're strengthening by their inclusion.

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    Your squad is not in the World Cup so you don't get to play.

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    For Spain they'd want Fernando Torres from c. 2007 and Carles Puyol.

    Brazil - Ronaldo from 1998 and one of their 1982 midfield, probably Zico. Brazil's midfield is hopeless and Rinaldo from 1998 is the greatest player the game's ever seen IMO.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
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    Yeah, seems a tad misjudged.

    Yet if we're trying to find players from our own history that I would like, I'd go for Moore, **** me we need a centre-back, and he was one of the greatest, that's a definite. For the other I'm not so sure. B. Charlton maybe our best player ever, but we're okay mid-field, I don't trust Hart, so do you go with Banks. I wouldn't mind greaves up-front if we're playing a skilful fluid fast team in the forward areas, (yet he was left out of the 66 team) yet Lineker was a top-class finisher, and it's hard to go against that.
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    I'd add Beckenbauer and Socrates to Australia.

    Sadly we could do with all kinds of players everywhere, but Der Kaiser in central defense and Socrates putting the ball where even our attackers couldn't miss the goal would be handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grecian View Post
    Yeah, seems a tad misjudged.

    Yet if we're trying to find players from our own history that I would like, I'd go for Moore, **** me we need a centre-back, and he was one of the greatest, that's a definite. For the other I'm not so sure. B. Charlton maybe our best player ever, but we're okay mid-field, I don't trust Hart, so do you go with Banks. I wouldn't mind greaves up-front if we're playing a skilful fluid fast team in the forward areas, (yet he was left out of the 66 team) yet Lineker was a top-class finisher, and it's hard to go against that.
    Yeah I'd go Moore and Lineker for England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grecian View Post
    Yeah, seems a tad misjudged.
    Thread starter needs to lift his game.

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    Moore and Charlton, R for us, clearly.

    Bobby may've been a midfielder, but 49 goals in 106 games? You'd take it, wouldn't you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Moore and Charlton, R for us, clearly.

    Bobby may've been a midfielder, but 49 goals in 106 games? You'd take it, wouldn't you?
    I was going to disagree and argue that our biggest problem is at right back until I tried to remember the last time we had a good one. Bringing in Paul Parker or Jimmy Armfield may have looked silly in the context of this thread.

    Moore and Charlton works on so many levels. Having a brilliant central defender who can actually pass the ball would change so much. And Charlton would be perfect to play behind a lone striker.

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    You didn't rate Gary Neville, David?

    I mean, I hated the bloke when he was playing but he was class IMO

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    Still think Lineker would be a better bet than Charlton. Proven goalscorer with a great tournament record (9 goals in World Cups IIRC)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIMH View Post
    You didn't rate Gary Neville, David?

    I mean, I hated the bloke when he was playing but he was class IMO
    I'd forgotten him tbh. And you're right, he was the best right back we've had in ages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    Still think Lineker would be a better bet than Charlton. Proven goalscorer with a great tournament record (9 goals in World Cups IIRC)
    10, tbf. 6 in 86, 4 in 90.

    Best goal scav we've had in my watching lifetime, but those of a certain age would say Greaves was better. 44 in 52, I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    Still think Lineker would be a better bet than Charlton. Proven goalscorer with a great tournament record (9 goals in World Cups IIRC)
    He's criminally under-rated. I remember my son collecting footy cards before the last WC, and being quietly appalled that England's WC 'legends' included Shearer, but not Lineker.
    10 goals in WCs puts him way ahead of any other Englishman. As well as most players from anywhere else.

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