Back four and keepers speak for themselves. Notable absentees include Michael Carrick and Adam Lallana - but it's a competitive midfield for places, and I feel they've just fallen a little short this season. Wilshere is a gamble - but he's our most technically gifted midfielder when fit. Milner may raise eyebrows - however, he's the top assist maker in the Premier League in 2016 as well as being a hard worker with plenty of experience. Barkley and Sterling haven't lived up to their potential this season, but have star quality and can make an impact for England. Drinkwater will bring spirit and momentum. In attack, many will question my inclusion of Rooney, but he is the national team captain and his place is a dead-cert for me. The inclusion of Carroll is based on the possibility of us needing a 'plan B' in some games.
Starting XI for Russia: - Hart, Clyne, Smalling, Cahill, Rose, Dier, Henderson, Sterling, Rooney, Alli, Kane.
Just wondering whether it's possible to field a competitive team of academy graduates currently. Would love to see Mick give it a go in pre-season. By my reckoning, we could put out a half decent team at the moment:
I know this is very much an international board these days, and with such a strong Scandanevian following of Town fans, I thought I would pick the brains of people here!
I'm taking my girlfriend to Stockholm for the Valentines weekend. We're staying in a small town just outside the main city called Nykoping, it looks really beautiful.
The first thing I would like to ask is about the cost of train travel. How much do they tend to cost over there? And any recommendations on getting the best price. I know I shouldn't compare the two, but I seem to remember when I was in Amsterdam a couple of years ago, rail travel was fairly cheap - and it's not a million miles away.
The second thing I'd like to ask is about the attractions. Anything anyone can recommend for a romantic weekend away?
I genuinely don't get what is wrong with them? I didn't actually go to the Manchester United game, but I did go to the Chelsea one a few years ago and bought a scarf then. I still have it as a reminder of the day we went to one of the most famous stadiums in world football and witnessed some world class players in action. Those slating the scarfs are essentially implying the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea are rivals of ours - they're not. We should be honored to see I team getting the chance to go toe to toe with some of these big clubs, because despite some supporters' obvious delusion... we're not a big club!!
I have to say we're bloody awful at defending them. Time and time again on Saturday, Chambers and Smith let the ball bounce or simply fly over their heads. Lets just hope the arrival of Malarczyk and the return of Berra brings a swift end to this. If you can't get the basics right, it doesn't matter how well the rest of the team are doing.
Been watching a few videos of this kid on YouTube, and oh my word, I am so excited! So quick, so direct, absolute peach of a left foot. Gets hat-fulls of assists, scores with both feet, scores tap ins, screamers, free kicks. Takes corners. I know I'll get shot down in flames, but he looks like a young Arjen Robben to me. I'm so excited by the business Mick has done this summer.
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