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Archie Hunter

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  1. So Everton have signed Begovic and Andros Townsend today. Two really poor players, imo, and both now a very long way past being Premier League quality. Everton are on a bit of a downward spiral, I'd say.
  2. I thought that England played defensively pretty much through the whole tournament. Not for the first time yesterday, England went into the game with 5 defenders and two holding midfield players, and with Mason Mount pretty much neither fish nor fowl. The fact is, Southgate wasted (or to be kind did not make the most of) the array of exciting attacking players available to him, to the point where, in the final against Italy, our centre forward (supposedly one of the finest strikers in world football) touched the ball just one solitary time in the opposition's 18 yard box in the entire game - and that was when he stepped forward to take one of the 5 penalties.
  3. It may be too early for this, but Southgate was found wanting there, in his line-up, his substitutions, and his choice of penalty takers. Putting on Sancho and Rashford solely to take penalties in the penalty shoot out was inexcusable. Where was big bollocks 'I'm taking the penalty' Henderson? Ah, subbed on and subbed off.
  4. He has been terrific. I've always like him as a player, I didn't think he would ever properly recover from the awful broken leg (or ankle?) injury he sustained some years ago, testament to him that he has. Obviously Manchester United, but what huge credit also to Southampton FC, how many fine footballers they have produced over the years.
  5. Possibly you have in mind David Villa, of Spain.
  6. The next World Cup in 2022 is to be played in the month of December, spanning a shorter time duration than normal. It somehow won't feel the same watching such a tournament in the middle of our winter rather than on summer days and evenings.
  7. There also is not a VAR on the planet that would have overturned a decision to not award a penalty, had the referee made such a decision.
  8. Just one more observation, which is to wonder if the brave English who were spitting on the Danish fans last night will be brave enough to spit on the Russian boys, the next time these two countries might come together at an international footballing tournament. Somehow, I think maybe not.
  9. How strange. Being spat on by opposing 'fans' is all just part of 'fandom'.
  10. Ironically, the only reason that Schmeichel was unable to parry the the ball away to safety rather than divert it back from whence it had come is that Kane's penalty was so shit that the ball ended up too close to his body. The laser being beamed into the goalie's face (presumably by one of England's finest) may or may not have had an impact.
  11. I'm assuming that's meant to be ironic.
  12. Funnily enough, I thought that it was a bit cringeworthy that after 7 continuous hours of live football coverage on BBC1 last night, the delayed news programme that eventually followed the football began with -yes, you've guessed it, news of the football. God help us if England actually win the damn thing. And I'm a football fan. And English.
  13. Just watch, and see how often the ball is played to Sterling and the play slows right down while he dithers on the ball before then heading himself into a cul de sac, leading to a loss of possession and threat. Players available to England currently include Mount, Sako, Grealish, Sancho, Foden and Rashford, all of whom in my view are far more intelligent, intuitive, skilful and incisive players than Sterling, and much more likely to fit into a pattern of team play that is fast and exciting, but also cohesive, and likely to find success at international level. All of them are better than Sterling at spotting, timing and weighing a pass to a team mate. I don't think that Sterling's two goals in the group games are sufficient to hide the inadequacies in his play, or make up for the negative effect on the team's overall performance that results from his (it would seem) automatic place in the starting eleven.
  14. Yes, which is ironic really, as the England team would actually be a much better team without him in it! In my view.
  15. Well done Wales, on a thoroughly deserved qualification into the knock out stage. Next game, likely to be against Finland, Denmark or Russia, I'd be surprised if they don't make it into the quarter finals.
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