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To whoever said this tourney could be won by a "minnow" -
at 22:44 1 Jul 2016

It was me I think?

No, I wouldn't have suggested Wales and Iceland as winners but I knew it would be a very open tournament.

The gap between big nations and more modest ones is closing all the time

I've got a feeling someone unexpected will win the euros ... by Edmunds5 9 Jun 20:32
Germany- No real strikers, well Gomez but he's not amazing

Spain- Not quite the force they were say, 5 years ago. Struggling a bit for genuine class strikers. No Xavi and not sure how influential Iniesta is for them now.

France- Very useful squad on paper but being a home national brings a pressure, will they gel?

Italy- Always hard to beat but no Pirlo and have Pelle up front who is decent but not exactly a world-beater.

I can see a Croatia, Poland, Switzerland or someone causing an upset from left-field.

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Mick McCarthy: ‘It’s pretty unlikely we’ll be challenging for first or sec
at 00:23 30 Jun 2016

I understand what you are saying, there is definitely a gap appearing and growing but there's been times before when everyone looks at the biggest team (Newcastle) and says 'oh they will win it' and they end up messing up somewhere.

I also think Villa should do well but they're reshaping their squad, new manager as well, its not going to be easy for them in my view. Was it Wolves who went down and put Stale Solbakken in charge? Solskjaer struggled with Cardiff, Fulham under Magath and Symons were poor.

Some relegated clubs just sleepwalk into oblivion.

Anyway you're supposed to be our cheerleader!!
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Mick McCarthy: ‘It’s pretty unlikely we’ll be challenging for first or sec
at 23:19 29 Jun 2016

I don't think you have to spend huge amounts though, its too simplistic to say Newcastle will walk the league, what about if they have a bad start or Rafa is offered a job on a better salary but a much bigger club? Its not completely unlikely.

We've seen Burnley win a league with a tight knit bunch of players and good management, and we've seen the likes of Derby, Fulham, Nottingham Forest, Cardiff flatter to deceive, so I think there's far more too it than purely money.

I think Boro are an exception because they kept on persisting and eventually things will have to come right (spending £12m on Rhodes in Jan for example), but Villa have a rebuilding job to do, as do Newcastle and I'm not totally sure Norwich is a steady ship at the moment.

A lot of the Championship is sustainability and continuity, its not purely fantasy football.
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Oh FFS
at 00:07 28 Jun 2016

Why is there always this sense of entitlement with people from England, Shearer, Lineker, Southgate, McLaren ect, none of them are enthralling in any way.
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Southgate favorite at the moment
at 23:36 27 Jun 2016

Has an inconsistent/poor managerial record- check

Has managed mediocre teams- check

Well spoken and mannered, an FA man- check

Has no charisma at all- check

ticks all the boxes, great choice
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2-4-1-2-1---------------The Aeroplane system?
at 23:23 27 Jun 2016

...............................................Hart

............Smalling............................................Cahill...............

Walker........................DIer.....................Rooney..........................Rose
...............................................Alli

....................Sturridge..........................................Sterling

..............................................Kane
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So simpletons aside
at 23:58 24 Jun 2016

Didn't catch them, I've watched a bit tonight mate and thought Foals were the best so far, the singer really gets the atmosphere going through both the music being played and his own personality. Think they are a strong band.

Enjoyed progue? (Can't remember their name) Two door cinema club were alright, James were alright although didn't play my preferred tunes of theirs.

I think the headline acts are underwhelming though, specifically for my taste, Muse can put on a show but I'm not massively into them really. Adele and Coldplay are a bit bland for me.
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Come on peeps
at 23:12 24 Jun 2016

This is true, people seem to think that because you don't vote you don't care about the future, or have no grasp of anything that's going on. Where actually in a lot of cases people deliberated over the decision for a long time but didn't feel confident enough to vote one of the sides.

I weighed up the different things on both and struggled to come to a conclusion, immigration for example I could think of two reasons for each side, same with NHS, and other policies. For a vote so important, flinging a vote to one side when you're not entirely sure isn't really a great action to take, regardless of the pressure you feel.
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Fixtures tomorrow then
at 22:46 21 Jun 2016

Blackburn away
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Adam lallana
at 21:39 20 Jun 2016

I said this before the tournament, great feet, works hard, tidy footballer but lacks conviction when finishing.

He's not a match winner in my opinion even though I appreciate the good things he does, an attacking midfield player should, which is essentially what he is, be producing more.
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Pleased with England today
at 00:46 17 Jun 2016

We showed good resolve to come back and win the game so fair play to the players. However, everyone knows Wales play 3-5-2, with 3 centre halves, so the idea of playing Kane as a lone striker made no sense at all. I like Kane, but he's not the quickest across the grass and it was a hard game for him, he was taken out the game.

Lallana and Sterling had a tough task because the Welsh full backs just had to show them inside where the Welsh midfield were or show them down the line where they cross into an empty box.

The switch made sense, Rose and Walker provided the width and let Gunter and Taylor worry about them and not the other way round. Vardy and Sturridge pressurised their 3 and that allowed them to lose the ball quickly meaning we could all push up and attack constantly and pen them in.

Bale at this point is on his own trying to be an outlet but is starved of service and Ramsey is having to put in a shift defensively.

The changes at half time were right and I salute Roy and Nev for having the bravery to stick on young Rashford who caused a few problems. Well done to all but the 4-5-1 4-3-3 4-2-3-1 or whatever you want to call it was illogical in the first place.

If we get through and face a big hitter then we cant be tactically naïve anymore, we have to get it right from the start or we could find ourselves having a mountain to climb by half-time.

I'm not moaning, just reflecting on the game, we have to be smarter.
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Am I wrong in feeling sorry for Wales?
at 17:59 16 Jun 2016

My opinion also, Bale got a bit mouthy before hand but I like seeing home nations do well.
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How good was Rooney?!
at 17:45 16 Jun 2016

Why not, its Slovakia after all, we can't be too pragmatic against these sides, it just holds us back.
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How good was Rooney?!
at 16:23 16 Jun 2016

Yep wouldn't disagree with that. Even though I like Kane, one of Vardy or Sturridge has to play next game or possibly both? What do you think?
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How good was Rooney?!
at 16:16 16 Jun 2016

Looks a class apart, was a bit dubious about him playing in the middle but him along with Walker have been the stand outs so far.
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Time to go back to a diamond aginst Wales....
at 16:02 16 Jun 2016

Nobody really listened to me but I did say, better late than never though Roy.
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Time to go back to a diamond aginst Wales....
at 18:16 15 Jun 2016

4-1-2-1-2

.....................................Hart...........................



...........................Smalling..............Cahill................
Walker...........................................................................Rose

........................................Dier..(Bale)...........

...................Henderson......(Ramsey).............Wilshere

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.......................(Ledley?)...........Alli....(Allen)............(Edwards?)

(Taylor).......................................................................................(Gunter)
............................Vardy...................................Strurridge
....................(.Davies)...................(Williams)..............(Chester)

I know I haven't put this across too clearly. But basically Dier can watch Bale and between Henderson and Wilshere Ramsey can get snuffed out.

Allow their central 3 to have the ball and Alli can find space when we get the ball.

Vardy and Sturridge would really threaten them with their pace and can find the gaps in between their centre halves and full backs and press their defence when in possession.

Going 4-2-3-1 like the other night means our central midfield two wont have protection and Ramsey and Bale can find pockets in behind. Whilst Gunter and Taylor will have space to run into. Also we would have one striker against 3 centre-halves and so that player could end up chasing shadows.
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Priskin on
at 19:22 14 Jun 2016

Why didn't you talk him out of it : (
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Anyone who entered my sun dream team....
at 19:18 14 Jun 2016

You have 3 emergency transfers available throughout the group stages, so you can ditch up to 3 players who you regret putting in your team. Just thought it was worth reminding people.
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TWTD is alive!
at 00:12 12 Jun 2016

It kind of felt like a game of hide and seek where the person finding fails to notice where you are until about 6 hours later, once everyone else has gone home.
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