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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    CONCACAF get 3 places, 2 of which are virtually guaranteed to go to the USA and Mexico.
    Weren't Honduras, CR, USA and Mexico all in Brazil?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GIMH View Post
    RE Rashford, even if Kane is out of sorts - which obviously he is - no way does Rashford get ahead of Vardy (who should be ahead of Kane). Would rather him spend time developing in the U21s than sitting on the bench, especially given he's not playing first team football. Far too often we put a stigma on a player going back to the age groups just because they've played for the full side. So despite feeling dirty for agreeing with an Allardyce decision, I think this one was absolutely correct.
    Attacking options from the bench always a good idea,won't learn anything with u21 IMHO. He gets enough game time for someone his age, I would love to think we've learnt from over-playing youngsters at a silly age, like Owen, Fowler, and yes Rooney.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Sorry, it was your more shite teams = festival point that I was musing over. Like you say, the World Cup qualifiers are terrible. My concerns are primarily that allowing more dross into the tournament itself would effectively render the early stages of the tournament proper an elongated version of the qualifiers. Accordingly, they'd be no more festive than the qualifying rounds themselves (i.e. they'd be pretty dire).
    That's just not true though, is it? The qualitative difference between Ireland vs Sweden at the euros and the same game in qualifying is so big I wouldn't even know where to begin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grecian View Post
    Attacking options from the bench always a good idea,won't learn anything with u21 IMHO. He gets enough game time for someone his age, I would love to think we've learnt from over-playing youngsters at a silly age, like Owen, Fowler, and yes Rooney.
    Well at international level we hardly burned Fowler out.

    You think he will get enough game time this season? Maybe I'm misjudging Mourinho. But let's not pretend he's the finished article, and okay on form Kane needs a spell, but Rashford has no tangible case to be ahead of him or Vardy (or a fit Sturridge, oxymoron) - yet


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    Quote Originally Posted by GIMH View Post
    Well at international level we hardly burned Fowler out.

    You think he will get enough game time this season? Maybe I'm misjudging Mourinho. But let's not pretend he's the finished article, and okay on form Kane needs a spell, but Rashford has no tangible case to be ahead of him or Vardy (or a fit Sturridge, oxymoron) - yet
    No it was over-all he was burnt out,

    Just think we should learn and let people gradually work there way into football, just how many times do we need to do it, Walcott, Wilshere too, not England but you could say Cesc played too much early. For once I'd agree with Mourinho, let him ease in. This stuff about not playing for your club, you shouldn't play for your country is just blanket nonsense, if you come on as impact sub for your club, then why not do that. Rashford will get games for United when their are injuries, get him around the proper England squad where he belongs. Surely a squad and bench need more than 3 strikers, pretty much every team will have 4 nowadays.

    TBH I'd rather he just left him out altogether then play u21 after having little rest this Summer..
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    Kane doesn't in any shape or form deserve to be in the England side. He's been terrible. As I said before he looks like he's running in treacle.

    Vardy probably should start through the middle. Rashford can play either side of Vardy. I just think this stuff about not playing people until they're ready, or playing too much when they're young. It's a load of tosh. They're urban legends created by football pundits - particularly British ones - along with the massive over-rating of experience. This sort of perception doesn't seem to exist nearly as much elsewhere. Yes players get tired, Kane may well be in that category. It isn't to do with them being young. We're not going to ruin Rashford by playing him in senior internationals, it is a ridiculous concept in football. Throwing up names who simply weren't good enough doesn't back up the theory. Young English players are wrapped up in cotton wool with hardly any getting game time in the top division, where has it gotten them? Rooney didn't play too much when he was younger, he's played far, far too much since though because he's been shite. If Messi had been British he'd have been out on loan until he was 22.

    Rashford would play every time for me, either starting or on with 30 to go as sub, because he is actually a threat. He runs at defenders. He creates danger. The rest are just so pedestrian. Walcott occasionally looks a threat, then you remember that if he has any time to think he's going to **** it up. England are crying out for energy and exuberance. Sturridge does it in flashes and is obviously injured a lot on top of that. Lallana is a try-hard but his finishing is atrocious. Rooney would actually be a logical choice for a striker to come on and get a goal when you're stuck at 0-0 against a park-the-bus team. He's a waste of space otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaly piscine View Post
    Kane doesn't in any shape or form deserve to be in the England side. He's been terrible. As I said before he looks like he's running in treacle.

    Vardy probably should start through the middle. Rashford can play either side of Vardy. I just think this stuff about not playing people until they're ready, or playing too much when they're young. It's a load of tosh. They're urban legends created by football pundits - particularly British ones - along with the massive over-rating of experience. This sort of perception doesn't seem to exist nearly as much elsewhere. Yes players get tired, Kane may well be in that category. It isn't to do with them being young. We're not going to ruin Rashford by playing him in senior internationals, it is a ridiculous concept in football. Throwing up names who simply weren't good enough doesn't back up the theory. Young English players are wrapped up in cotton wool with hardly any getting game time in the top division, where has it gotten them? Rooney didn't play too much when he was younger, he's played far, far too much since though because he's been shite. If Messi had been British he'd have been out on loan until he was 22.

    Rashford would play every time for me, either starting or on with 30 to go as sub, because he is actually a threat. He runs at defenders. He creates danger. The rest are just so pedestrian. Walcott occasionally looks a threat, then you remember that if he has any time to think he's going to **** it up. England are crying out for energy and exuberance. Sturridge does it in flashes and is obviously injured a lot on top of that. Lallana is a try-hard but his finishing is atrocious. Rooney would actually be a logical choice for a striker to come on and get a goal when you're stuck at 0-0 against a park-the-bus team. He's a waste of space otherwise.
    Oh goody a condescending post from scaly about how my perception of watching football for many decades is just a view l have picked up from a press I despise and ex pundits who I do not care about. If our players were to play in the less physical la liga then maybe they wouldn't burn out into overrated injury prone hulks.

    It's just a suggestion based on the old saying about the definition of madness is just to repeat your mistakes constantly hoping for a different result.

    Yet here I am arguing with your about football, so there ya go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    Weren't Honduras, CR, USA and Mexico all in Brazil?
    Yeah, 3 get in automatically and then there is a play-off for the last spot.

    I think the World Cup is fine how it is, I don't feel it would really benefit from having a few extra average European sides over African and Asian ones. The best team that will not be at the next World Cup is likely to come from South America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    That's just not true though, is it? The qualitative difference between Ireland vs Sweden at the euros and the same game in qualifying is so big I wouldn't even know where to begin.
    Dunno. Probably impossible to quantitatively evaluate it in any meaningful way. My memories of crap teams playing each other in World Cup finals are, however, predominantly ones I'd rather forget.

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    Nah, come on. Crap teams playing each other at the World Cup are some of the best bits. We get to watch quality football all the time with the Champions League, is not what the World Cup is there for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    Not really. I was peeved with the implied eurocentricity, diminishing the places for sides from zones outside of the traditionally strong continents. I think Asia only gets 4 automatic spots. The competition for them is pretty tight and an acceptable standard. Any 4 that get through earn their place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Dunno. Probably impossible to quantitatively evaluate it in any meaningful way. My memories of crap teams playing each other in World Cup finals are, however, predominantly ones I'd rather forget.
    I'm with Pothas on this. But if you don't like watching crap teams then just don't watch those games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    I'm with Pothas on this. But if you don't like watching crap teams then just don't support Arsenal.
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    I'd be cool with some sort of inter-conference playoffs. So your automatic qualifiers would be:

    10 Europe
    4 South America
    3 North America
    3 Asia
    3 Africa
    1 Oceania

    Gives you 24 automatic qualifiers (for 2018 Russia takes a European place so only 9 qualify from UEFA's tournament, for 2022 Asia only get 2 qualifiers plus Qatar) then the remaining 8 spots get decided by some sort of playoff/tournament. No idea who I'd invite to qualify and what format it would take.

    I know only 4 from South America seems stingy but 4/10 is a lot and I'd expect 5 or 6 to eventually qualify.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    I'm with Pothas on this. But if you don't like watching crap teams then just don't watch those games.
    Well, I probably wouldn't, which would just be another similarity between them and the qualifiers.

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