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    Probably just because I was young and don't really remember but Hoddles side played decent stuff didn't they?

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    I'm worried you guys will do well, there's been a complete lack of the "this is surely our year" bull**** which is traditional for this time of year.

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    Was by far the best thing about Arry not getting the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas View Post
    Probably just because I was young and don't really remember but Hoddles side played decent stuff didn't they?
    Played two wing-backs and three centre-halves, don't remember it being thrilling. I thought he wasn't a bad manager though, and we've had worse styles of play.
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    No idea what to think about our chances, largely because of what Grecian said about us not knowing who will be in the side.

    This tournament is probably seen by the powers that be as a stepping stone towards the next two years, rightly or wrongly. Definitely a sense of there being a lot less to lose than any tournament I can remember. Certainly don't have my hopes up too high which can only be a good thing.

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    Like "Barnes", hopefully.

    Edit: Though obviously, they may know that one already. Give or take a few expletives either side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas View Post
    Probably just because I was young and don't really remember but Hoddles side played decent stuff didn't they?
    Yup, our draw in Rome to win the qualifying group is one of the more underrated England results of the last couple of decades.

    Say what you like about the old cripple kicker, he did have a style of play he believed in & 3-5-2 isn't necessarily a defensive line-up with the right wing-backs. Was the formation that Robson employed to take us to the semis in 1990 too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Yup, our draw in Rome to win the qualifying group is one of the more underrated England results of the last couple of decades.

    Say what you like about the old cripple kicker, he did have a style of play he believed in & 3-5-2 isn't necessarily a defensive line-up with the right wing-backs. Was the formation that Robson employed to take us to the semis in 1990 too.
    Was a great performancr. Completely outdid Italy at their own game.

    Still think El Tel's side is the best England side I've seen. How McManaman wasn't capped more is beyond me.

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    Always ended up out on the left, due to no other option. Never really shone for England for that reason. Always thought he was a fantastic player.

    What I never got was how Lee Sharpe, the most gifted left footer this countries seen since god knows who, only ever won 8 caps
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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    Was a great performancr. Completely outdid Italy at their own game.

    Still think El Tel's side is the best England side I've seen. How McManaman wasn't capped more is beyond me.
    Not sure but I think it had something to do with him not being very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpr View Post
    What I never got was how Lee Sharpe, the most gifted left footer this countries seen since god knows who, only ever won 8 caps
    Same reason he ended up at Bradford & was pretty much out of the game by 30, tbh. He was a fat snatch rat who wasted his talent. Didn't want it enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Same reason he ended up at Bradford & was pretty much out of the game by 30, tbh. He was a fat snatch rat who wasted his talent. Didn't want it enough.
    Him and his Bro played for us, they were both crap, but John was less crap, which says a lot for an ex young player of the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grecian View Post
    Not sure but I think it had something to do with him not being very good.
    McManaman was an outstanding player, easily one of the top 5 English players of the 90s.

    You don't go to Real Madrid and hold your own for 4 years if you're not very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    McManaman was an outstanding player, easily one of the top 5 English players of the 90s.

    You don't go to Real Madrid and hold your own for 4 years if you're not very good.
    Think we've had this argument before TBH. I don't care how well he did for his club sides, like Barnes before him he rarely did it for England.

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