Van Basten II

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I think once it was decided to be a multi-country based competition the location of the final became largely irrelevant in footballing terms.  Reports here suggest the government is considering relaxing quarantine rules for UEFA officials and VIPs so that it stays at Wembley.  Another 'one rule for us, one rule for them, so beloved of Boris and his cronies.

If it does go to Budapest my main concern would be the publicity coup it gives the Orban regime.

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Well played Scotland.  England were awful, complete lack of imagination. 

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Just now, mjazzg said:

Well played Scotland.  England were awful, complete lack of imagination. 

Agree. VERY surprised at the Scotts - refreshing, imaginative, enthusiastic. Everything that England was supposed to be, but was not. 

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Load of rubbish all round ! 

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20 minutes ago, sidewinder said:

Load of rubbish all round ! 

England, yes. Scotland, no. 

Southgate was clueless with the substitutions, he has five so use them if you're not winning and don't take off your most creative player, Foden  Kane is hamstrung by a system that had no England players getting to the byeline to put in crosses, not once!

Scotland have some more than decent players and just need a good striker.

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4 minutes ago, mjazzg said:

England, yes. Scotland, no. 

Southgate was clueless with the substitutions, he has five so use them if you're not winning and don't take off your most creative player, Foden  Kane is hamstrung by a system that had no England players getting to the byeline to put in crosses, not once!

Scotland have some more than decent players and just need a good striker.

I have to disagree - both teams were very ordinary. England were especially poor - no pace or ideas.

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Argentina - Uruguay is coming up in an hour. This should beast the pants off the E-S match.

Agree on Kane. He had just one half-decent cross delivered to him in the second half. If Grealish were put in 20 minutes sooner, it could've ended differently. Manager should've subbed Sterling, not Foden.

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23 hours ago, mjazzg said:

 

If it does go to Budapest my main concern would be the publicity coup it gives the Orban regime.

I think Orban is a little too soft for UEFA and FIFA. Minsk is the place to be!  Would make a nice preview for Qatar :)

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Very pleased with the schedule for the knock out phase. Let the big boys take each other out first! Even England and Germany who are on our side immediately paired with each other. We wouldn't stand a chance on the side with Italy, etc.

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Nobody else replied since 19 June? Perhaps some aren't exactly thrilled with the schedule for the knock out phase? ;)

 

 

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Just comatose after watching England play

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I haven't watched England yet, but Germany seem a bit erratic.

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Ukraine lost two matches, barely won against North Macedonia, still made it to the 1/8, and will be facing Sweden. Talk about being lucky…

Tomorrow Wales may pull a surprise.

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The French team  rolled when it should have rocked in the first half of ils maitch against Switzerland. The Swiss team proved its worth with  cohesive  actions. 

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Two great matches yesterday. Spain almost blew it, France did.  Well played Switzerland. 

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2 minutes ago, mjazzg said:

Two great matches yesterday. Spain almost blew it, France did.  Well played Switzerland. 

Spot on ....

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Well, just about all my predictions went up in a cloud of stinking smoke. The biggest upset is, of course, the elimination of the reigning World Champions French in the first elimination round. 

England-Germany and Sweden-Ukraine today.

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6 hours ago, mjazzg said:

Spain almost blew it, France did.  

We really tried hard to blow it... :) 

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1 hour ago, EKE BBB said:

We really tried hard to blow it... :) 

You did :)  Came good in the end.  Morata is such an enigma, he misses so many more chances than he scores but that was a wonderful goal he did score.  Isn't there a more consistent striker somewhere in Spain?

Not feeling very confident about England's chances today and not only because it's Germany, again. We really need to come out of our shell and play some forward-thinking football now

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They’ve woken up !

 

... and nearly blown it !

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10 minutes ago, sidewinder said:

They’ve woken up !

 

... and nearly blown it !

It’s coming home!

Congrats to the English fans. 

3 hours ago, EKE BBB said:

We really tried hard to blow it... :) 

But in the end we didn’t. I like our chances against the Swiss. 

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Hands up all those who are so ancient that they can remember seeing the last competition win by an England side against this particular national team/nemesis in 1966.. :rolleyes::)

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The Germans made England look competent! What a lame German team...

 

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1 minute ago, Dmitry said:

The Germans made England look competent! What a lame German team...

 

They were neutralised in the second half - very effectively I thought.

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This is the first time in history when neither the reigning European Champion nor the World Champion had made it to the 1/4 finals. 

6 minutes ago, sidewinder said:

They were neutralised in the second half - very effectively I thought.

Indeed. Also, Pickford is one of the best keepers I've ever seen on the goal line.  I'm just referring to his awesome saves on the line, not him being an amazing universal keeper overall.

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