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Group C - Slovenia, Denmark, Serbia, England

Who will qualify from the group?


  • Total voters
    24

wpdavid

Hall of Fame Member
And we were indeed poor, even allowing for Kane, Toney and Palmer missing easy chances. I think the English supporters need to hold hands and pray that Bellingham stays fit and available for the whole tournament, because Foden isn't fit to lace his boots in that position. Not for England, anyway. Granted City is probably a different story, but he's surrounded by better players there..
 
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Molehill

International Captain
And we were indeed poor, even allowing for Kane, Toney and Palmer missing easy chances. I think the English supporters need to hold hands and pray that Bellingham stays fit and available for the whole tournament, because Foden isn't fit to lace his boots in that position. Not for England, anyway. Granted City is probably a different story, but he's surrounded by better players there..
I don't think there's a massive difference, he just had an off game, it happens. Still not sure why he played Foden there instead of Palmer who seems the natural fit anyway. England barely put a tackle in all night and were clearly trying to avoid injuries, understandably.

Starting to think a really interesting player in this tournament could be Wharton as the partner for Rice, just seems the perfect fit now for that position if Southgate is brave enough. Mainoo and Rice looked wrong, whilst I don't think TAA should be a starter there.
 

wpdavid

Hall of Fame Member
I don't think there's a massive difference, he just had an off game, it happens. Still not sure why he played Foden there instead of Palmer who seems the natural fit anyway. England barely put a tackle in all night and were clearly trying to avoid injuries, understandably.

Starting to think a really interesting player in this tournament could be Wharton as the partner for Rice, just seems the perfect fit now for that position if Southgate is brave enough. Mainoo and Rice looked wrong, whilst I don't think TAA should be a starter there.
I think that's a fair comment about avoiding tackles a week before the tournament. Especially as Iceland were pretty physical at times. Not unreasonably so, but there was a noticeable difference. I remember wishing that Saka hadn't been brought on when he was clattered a couple of times.

Wharton's an interesting one. He's been gaining rave reviews for his performances for Palace, but he's barely played at this level. The smart money in the post-match articles seemed to be on Gallagher coming back instead of Mainoo, who barely featured in Friday's game.

As for Foden, I just wanted someone in his position to grab the game by the scruff of the neck, so to speak, and impose himself on proceedings when his side was struggling. I've already seen Bellingham do that for England, and previously guys like Robson, Gascoigne, and even Beckham on occasions. I don't think that's quite in Foden's skill-set as yet, despite the calls to play more centrally for the national side. The FA Cup Final was another instance of same. Obviously I'd pick him though, and, without Grealish and Rashford, the alternatives on the left of the front three aren't in Foden's league.
 

grecian

Cricket Web: All-Time Legend
Know I'm replying to an old post, but think you're being incredibly harsh on Foden, yes he tailed off, but in the end he was POTY for a reason, Citeh lost key midfielders last year, KDB was injured for much of it and Foden was the guy that stepped up, and was rightfully rewarded for being the one that kept them in it in the League.

Anyway, onto the Team tonight I really like it, but just wish they'd had more chance to play together. Trent being injured much of the year hasn't helped. I did say that it might have been a good idea to "rest" Maguire in the latter part of World Cup qualification and get some of these defenders in, because they look more suited to International football, and again this partnership is raw, but I really like Gueul.

Ironically though we are of course facing a team of giants so slabhead would have been most welcome.
 

Ali TT

International Regular
Know I'm replying to an old post, but think you're being incredibly harsh on Foden, yes he tailed off, but in the end he was POTY for a reason, Citeh lost key midfielders last year, KDB was injured for much of it and Foden was the guy that stepped up, and was rightfully rewarded for being the one that kept them in it in the League.

Anyway, onto the Team tonight I really like it, but just wish they'd had more chance to play together. Trent being injured much of the year hasn't helped. I did say that it might have been a good idea to "rest" Maguire in the latter part of World Cup qualification and get some of these defenders in, because they look more suited to International football, and again this partnership is raw, but I really like Gueul.

Ironically though we are of course facing a team of giants so slabhead would have been most welcome.
Serbia have specialised in some big old forwards. Shame them and the Croats hate each other. Could've been some great combined sides in the past thirty years.
 

Tom Flint

International Regular
I can't get my head around that whole region. So many countries in such a small area and they all seem to hate eachother.
 

sledger

Spanish_Vicente
Yeah it feels unnatural to see a player who is that good playing for England tbh. England just doesn't produce players like him.
 

grecian

Cricket Web: All-Time Legend
Rooney looked great in his first Euros, others had great starts to England career, but hey I'm not going against the Jude love-in, he gives me hope, which is rare.

We need changes here Gareth they're giving us problems.
 

Ali TT

International Regular
It doesn't seem right that Bellingham is

1) As good as he is
2) English

It's somehow much weirder seeing him be good for England than for Madrid.
He has that languid ease in creating time and space on the ball reminiscent of the lines of Zidane, Bergkamp or Pirlo. Not a very common trait in English football.
 

BoyBrumby

Englishman
Rooney looked great in his first Euros, others had great starts to England career, but hey I'm not going against the Jude love-in, he gives me hope, which is rare.

We need changes here Gareth they're giving us problems.
He really, really did.

It's a sign of me getting old, but it'd snuck up on me that this is St Jude's third major tournament already, so hopefully he has more staying power as a genuine WC talent.

We didn't even qualify for what would've been Rooney's.

Back on the pitch, think Gallagher and Bowen have both done well since they came on.
 

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