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1 Posted 13/06/2021 at 12:23:15
2 Posted 13/06/2021 at 12:26:15
I'm taking the plunge and going to watch England in a west London pub. Not usually a pleasant experience.
When it comes to international, I'm a neutral. I do think England have a chance and I always like watching Croatia, so with focus on the football, hopefully this will be a good one.
3 Posted 13/06/2021 at 12:38:23
Watched Italy and Belgium looking pretty awesome so don't hold out alot of hope for England's chances long term. Lukaku has morphed into a beast of a man, virtually unstoppable if the mood takes him.
4 Posted 13/06/2021 at 12:38:53
Or the usual?
5 Posted 13/06/2021 at 12:47:02
Looking forward to a good game of football, but I have no nerves at all. I'm so indifferent to the entire England set-up. I would be happy for the best team to win.
Looking forward to seeing Kramaric. I thought Leicester were a bit hasty letting their record signing at the time go. He's a lot better than he showed them.
The biggest result this tournament could have had was the one the medical team had when pulling Eriksen back last night.
6 Posted 13/06/2021 at 12:49:25
I'm a rare breed - an Evertonian who likes England and always wants them to win.
I worry about that defence though and the QF's will be a good achievement.
7 Posted 13/06/2021 at 12:53:54
He'll dance around innefectively like he usually does looking for a penalty, refuse to take the easy pass and miss his usual bag of sitters.
Kane will be forced deep to go looking for the ball, attack will be ineffective and Grealish will be pulling his hair out on the bench.
8 Posted 13/06/2021 at 12:54:17
9 Posted 13/06/2021 at 12:56:55
Also, a manager who can't find room for Grealish in his team at this particular moment in time, but can find a place for Sterling, is a very brave lad.
10 Posted 13/06/2021 at 13:02:43
A right-back at left-back with 2 natural left-backs on the bench is madness.
11 Posted 13/06/2021 at 13:21:57
But they just love wallowing in nostalgic self-pity...
Pickford starts but Calvert-Lewin on the bench.
12 Posted 13/06/2021 at 13:22:14
13 Posted 13/06/2021 at 13:26:25
Have a heart.
14 Posted 13/06/2021 at 13:31:59
Croatia £10 win, daft not to at 9/2.
£5 Perisic first scorer
Wife has broke the bank with £2 England to win 2-1
15 Posted 13/06/2021 at 13:38:52
16 Posted 13/06/2021 at 13:47:43
17 Posted 13/06/2021 at 13:48:15
I should know better.
"Here we go" as they say. Looking forward to the match.
18 Posted 13/06/2021 at 13:48:53
Saddest is part is we had a nostalgic song about 30 years of failure; now we've got a further 25 years of nostalgia surrounding the failure song in itself. It's kind of like when The Two Ronnies were on for about 15 years after which they had a highlight show: “20 Years of The Two Ronniesâ€ which then ran for about 20 years.
At some point, let it go.
19 Posted 13/06/2021 at 14:19:52
20 Posted 13/06/2021 at 14:38:53
I'd take him in a hearbeat
21 Posted 13/06/2021 at 14:48:29
22 Posted 13/06/2021 at 14:50:07
23 Posted 13/06/2021 at 14:59:30
24 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:03:46
Started okay but going through the motions at times. If they up the tempo they win.
25 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:06:01
Only if it's raining I said, otherwise I'm in the garden with a case of beer
Thankfully it's not raining!
Seems I've missed nothing
Might go in and watch if DCL comes on then again might not
26 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:08:22
27 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:12:20
28 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:12:47
29 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:13:47
30 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:13:57
How the heck is my ESPN about three minutes behind. Nice goal though
31 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:15:02
32 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:15:32
Because the hooray Henry Tories prefer cricket. If it was polo there would be no cap on attendance
33 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:16:42
34 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:17:16
35 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:18:00
There was a 25% limit at Lords for the 1st Test
36 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:18:18
37 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:19:53
I remember a young Everton striker making his Mark in 86.
38 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:20:17
39 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:24:07
40 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:24:43
41 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:25:41
42 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:25:56
43 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:27:10
Did you see his agent speculating he may return to Everton on a buy back clause?
44 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:27:45
45 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:28:56
It's just shocking. We're talking about a professional athlete in supreme physical condition, and a relatively young man.
Thank God he's alive.
46 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:31:53
47 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:34:20
It was them brilliant human medics what saved him.
48 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:35:38
49 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:38:44
50 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:39:18
51 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:45:04
52 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:51:14
53 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:53:34
54 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:53:37
But a decent performance to start the tournament.
Phillips was excellent, motm.
55 Posted 13/06/2021 at 15:54:24
Yes he did.
56 Posted 13/06/2021 at 16:00:37
Those medics, the team captain for Denmark, even Anthony Taylor the ref, they all were on point and helped save the kid's life. No question.
Good game by England. They look very, very good in my opinion. I actually think they could win it all. But then again as they progress the English press will heap tons of pressure on the squad, and probably squash any chance of success.
57 Posted 13/06/2021 at 16:04:39
58 Posted 13/06/2021 at 16:14:07
Bookies have though.
Price down as low as 9/2 in places.
Roll up, roll up.
Its coming home, its coming home.
59 Posted 13/06/2021 at 16:25:16
Defended well, but I have never seen anybody pass a ball so badly not even on Sunday Mornings.
Probably our next signing.
The early birds got 6/1 for Ingurland.
60 Posted 13/06/2021 at 16:29:57
And Michael (#31), fully agree. The amount of sideways and backward passing is death to football. Jeez, even in time added on Croatia were still intent on such fannying about.
My Wolves-supporting second-cousin, twice-removed (c/o Rampton "hospital" mind you) assures me that Nuno has it in him to become an attacking wizard providing all his players become fluent in Portuguese.
61 Posted 13/06/2021 at 16:32:08
Bookies clean up every tournament using the same methodology where the England team is concerned.
62 Posted 13/06/2021 at 16:49:28
I hope your second cousin is also correct Don, and also have a bit more faith now because there are probably more geniuses in Rampton, than anywhere else in the country, and if Everton was a human being, I'm sure they'd have been sectioned years ago!
If Kyle Walker wasn't such an athlete Darren, I'd say he would probably struggle in league one?
63 Posted 13/06/2021 at 16:56:06
As it was also a "free" bet I can enjoy a rare victory over the bookies. No matter how The team do in the tournament I wont be losing.
The bookies will have to wait for the racing before they claim back their losses from me...Unfortunately thats another one of those forgone conclusions.
He`s an appalling footballer, but credit where its due. He is a marvelous example of how far hard work dedication and athleticism can take you
64 Posted 13/06/2021 at 16:57:03
If England cant get Kane involved they haven't a chance.
65 Posted 13/06/2021 at 16:58:45
You posted on Friday "my money is on England to win it"
I presumed you had backed them to win the tournament.
66 Posted 13/06/2021 at 17:02:06
67 Posted 13/06/2021 at 17:04:37
Great header by Moore for the Welsh lads, reminded me of Big Dunc's verses manure.
The England game looked like a friendly, good goal mind and Phillips and Ming's played well.
As for Croatia...so poor.
68 Posted 13/06/2021 at 17:29:05
69 Posted 13/06/2021 at 17:29:41
Over the years, I've come to understand its just a loan
70 Posted 13/06/2021 at 17:35:27
71 Posted 13/06/2021 at 17:41:20
72 Posted 13/06/2021 at 17:51:24
Stop thinking it's a loan Darren, turn it into a tonny!
73 Posted 13/06/2021 at 17:51:41
Same man claims Guardiola wanted to buy Holgate ahead of Dias. Maybe Pep likes “appallingâ€ players
74 Posted 13/06/2021 at 17:56:09
Still to this day,it remains the second most beautiful international match I ever saw!.
75 Posted 13/06/2021 at 17:57:41
Quoted, “Everton has not contacted me about Nikola, and this is not a question at the moment. But who knows what the future holds. Everything is possible”
Which quote was converted into a fairly impressive variety of internet clickbait:
"Nikola Vlasic agent sends Everton message as return rumours increase"
"The Toffees let go of Croatian attacking player Nikola Vlasic two years ago but after his impressive displays in Russia over the last two years, they're considering a return to Goodison Park"
"Now, according to reports in Russia, Everton are keen on bringing Vlasic back through a clause in his contract that gives the Toffees first refusal on any transfer for the player."
"Agent of Nikola Vlasic refuses to rule out Everton return"
If the boy comes back to the EPL at all, it won't be Everton. He couldn't wait to leave. We made a little money selling him. That's it.
76 Posted 13/06/2021 at 18:02:37
The auld enemy clash is the nearest thing internationally to the merseyside derby with Scotland being Everton. England aren't great but Scotland are absolutely dire and will be 10 nil down after 3 mins.
77 Posted 13/06/2021 at 18:09:23
Just reading now from the account of the Danish doctor that Eriksen went into full cardiac arrest after he reached him. The chest compressions kept on until the defibrillator shocked him back to life. You could see the shock being administered between the legs of the Danish players. Only a few years ago, those machines were not standard equipment at matches. I think the Muamba incident changed that picture. Being fully prepared yesterday was what saved Eriksen's life. Whew.
78 Posted 13/06/2021 at 18:14:33
79 Posted 13/06/2021 at 18:28:37
Generally, I thought we played like a better quality version of Everton - loads of aimless passing it around, lots of turning back in the opposition half and passing to our defenders, and some very slow build-up. But it worked against a solid if unspectacular Croatia.
Pleased for Sterling to get a goal on his home turf, and I hope Bellingham gets more game time - he looks like he might be a future great.
80 Posted 13/06/2021 at 18:37:34
81 Posted 13/06/2021 at 19:04:20
82 Posted 13/06/2021 at 19:36:29
Somebody get hurt or come up with a positive COVID test?
83 Posted 13/06/2021 at 19:37:51
When Stekelenburg made his debut, his Dutch team-mate JurriÃ«n Timber was just one year old - how's that for staying power?
84 Posted 13/06/2021 at 19:40:46
Especially going down for a shot.
(Just kidding. Sorta.)
I'm also looking forward to seeing Dumfries, our rumored new right back. Haven't watched him before.
85 Posted 13/06/2021 at 19:41:09
I wondered if that would make them the Everton of the tournament. Then I watched their players work their bollocks off for 90 mins and realised they are nothing like us.
86 Posted 13/06/2021 at 19:47:48
It's only a pity that North Macedonia, didn't have some added quality as they gave it a right good go, I feared that they'd be on the end of 4 or 5 in the last 10 minutes or so, as it was 3-1 flattered the Austrians somewhat.
87 Posted 13/06/2021 at 19:56:28
By the way. Anybody who claims they have seen me mention Dias on this site. Is simply making shite up.
I guess its going to take a while for the bruised egos to recover
88 Posted 13/06/2021 at 19:57:38
89 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:03:25
I wish to state for the record that I was an idiot.
90 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:03:33
91 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:10:03
92 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:12:47
93 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:13:21
94 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:15:58
95 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:18:11
96 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:18:24
97 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:21:46
various selection of winners medals, maybe Pep and England managers just pick him because he's got nice tattoos.
98 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:25:51
Walker is still playing for City only because they can't afford anybody else. So hard up they must be.
99 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:26:26
100 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:33:37
101 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:37:01
Great move for the goal and you could see the space opening up as they moved forward. I can't explain, but I called it as I watched it. You can always sense / see those things.
Croatia have some good players but they looked nervous at the back and had no threat up front. Good midfield though.
Modric is absolute quality. Forden is going to be some player. And well played Pickford. Good to see him reading the game and being off his line quickly commanding his box. On more than one occasion, his defenders created a scenario that could have led to a goal had he not been alert and active.
102 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:41:07
103 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:41:37
Absolute shite and Championship player at best. What's Brands playing at looking at him?
104 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:44:20
105 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:44:45
106 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:51:46
107 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:52:00
108 Posted 13/06/2021 at 20:52:39
109 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:06:05
I like this guy Dumfries a LOT. So much pace, yet sooooo smooth when he runs. In rhythm, like a dancer. Tremendous physical talent. His crosses go into good places and his passing is accurate. He's also surprisingly good fundamentally as a defender. Takes intelligent positions, reacts well, head on a swivel. Haven't seen him tackle yet.
Of course, his finishing totally sucks. But you can see why he scores a goal every seven games for PSV -- he gets into great positions. And besides that's not what we're getting him for.
If the rumors are true, I'm one happy boy. Yes, sign him.
110 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:15:43
111 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:16:05
This one might get ruled out but he impacted the passage of play that led to a goal.
112 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:17:09
113 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:18:46
114 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:19:31
Just pay me.
115 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:19:36
116 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:23:40
I question why he should not start Grealish who really makes things happen and the fact that they have won the last three recent games by only 1-0. This may not be enough against the other favourites.
117 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:25:32
118 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:31:01
119 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:31:42
What a goal from Yarmalenko.
120 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:33:02
121 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:33:03
122 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:34:23
123 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:36:28
124 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:36:30
125 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:36:35
De Boer is gonna get battered for this. 2-0 up, in control, changed the defense with 2 subs.
126 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:37:31
127 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:38:30
I started watching the game and the first thing I thought when watching it, was that Liverpool have let the little Dutch midfielder go on a free, but Everton would have probably given him a four year contract, unless he his asking for an absolute fortune (which he must be) because you don't normally let players like that leave for nothing.
128 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:39:55
Weghorst anyone? Looks like a proper handful and traditional striker.
This is so Holland!! I always want them to do well. Great game to watch though.
129 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:40:29
130 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:41:39
131 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:41:54
132 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:41:55
Well he ain't signing for us anymore
133 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:42:38
Oh wait, that was me.
We can't afford him anymore.
134 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:46:51
135 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:50:15
136 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:53:27
137 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:54:57
138 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:56:34
139 Posted 13/06/2021 at 21:57:47
Taking the goal out of it, I like the look of him. First time I've watched him in honesty.
I know its hard to judge on one match, but looks more of a wing back than a defensive full back, so for those who want a Tony Hibbert, he's not your man. I like what I saw though.
Just on the criticism on the Goalkeeper for the 3rd Dutch goal, I'm going to defend him. Yes, he gets a hand to it, but if you look, there is a wicked spin on that header so it's always going away from him.
140 Posted 13/06/2021 at 22:01:05
Haaaa haha thanks for that. We haven't signed Dumfries yet because of Kenwright. Classic. I can always guarentee laugh or 10 on tw
141 Posted 13/06/2021 at 22:10:24
142 Posted 13/06/2021 at 22:11:27
143 Posted 13/06/2021 at 22:16:48
For me today the Austrian first goal and Yarmalemkos, stood out.
Let's see if Everton announce a new manager this week and things can only get better.
144 Posted 13/06/2021 at 22:17:59
BKs fav Davie Moyes always warned about buying players from major tournaments. ie Besic, and remember how good El Hadji Diouf looked for Senegal?
145 Posted 13/06/2021 at 22:18:34
A goal makes all the difference to Evertonians. Wasn't it one goal against Bulgaria that sold us on Amokachi?
146 Posted 13/06/2021 at 22:21:01
I agree. The only negative is there haven't been any surprises it's all gone to form other than the one game where I don't think anyone much cared about the result in the circumstances. Hopefully Sweden and Hungary can rock the boat in the next few days
147 Posted 13/06/2021 at 22:23:14
148 Posted 13/06/2021 at 22:29:35
149 Posted 13/06/2021 at 22:34:31
Now take that for an opening fixture!!
My favourites to win, France against a Germany team I consider to be in transition but then my son showed me their squad.
Gundugan an Tony Kroos in midfield.
That will be an interesting one.
150 Posted 13/06/2021 at 22:52:01
Looked like a pretty blunt instrument otherwise to me. He knew he was stood in the wrong place for that 2nd goal and Depay telling him to stop pleading his innocence, to the ref, and do one was funny!.
151 Posted 13/06/2021 at 23:02:59
That group may come to down goal difference v Hungary. I can see the other three each winning and losing one among themselves
152 Posted 13/06/2021 at 23:04:12
with Neymar and Jesus either side of him.
Put clean through by Neymar, bad 1st touch blew a glorious chance. From a Neymar corner Richy's head on fell to Marquinas who forced home a scrappy goal.
Another through ball by Neymar, one touch finish by Richy, correctly overturned by VAR for offside. Almost got in for another lobbing the keeper but cleared by a defender. Richy offside again any way.
Only once in their entire history have Venezuela ever beaten Brazil and ravaged as they are pre-match with 13 players and trainers testing positive for CV-19 it will be a major shock if they get anything from the game.
All Copa America games free to watch on BBC's iPlayer for those of you in the UK or those with a VPN to get around it.
Colombia and Mina v Ecuador follows the Brazil game.
153 Posted 13/06/2021 at 23:06:07
154 Posted 13/06/2021 at 23:07:03
Didn't the Venezuelans have 12 Covid positives today?
155 Posted 13/06/2021 at 23:09:30
156 Posted 13/06/2021 at 23:17:43
Thanks for the tip Jay - didn't realise that one. Got it on now!!
157 Posted 13/06/2021 at 23:21:38
158 Posted 13/06/2021 at 23:27:38
159 Posted 13/06/2021 at 23:29:00
160 Posted 13/06/2021 at 23:44:38
Watching them stroke it around at the back is very Pep / City like. It would give us kittens as they say. But patience and knowing when to go forward. But when you do, do so with intent.
161 Posted 13/06/2021 at 00:08:13
I've watched every minute of their last 3 games this past week - the two World Cup Qualifiers and now this - and all three were dull and tedious.
The coach Tite did a great job when he took over half way through the previous WC qualifying campaign when they were struggling and they had a good WC in Russia, as well as securing the last Copa America again held in Brazil. But now they are merely a functional side rather than an exhilarating one.
I accept, like with many elite footballers across the globe being asked to play international continental competitions and the Olympics, that many of them simply need a break from football having been 'on' for pretty much two years non-stop since the advent of the pandemic. The quality and energy levels are lacking in many games I feel now. And I'm talking all teams and all competitions.
For the Brazilians, you can also throw in that the entire squad is not comfortable with the decision to play the Copa America in Brazil at this time. A real conflict of emotions.
162 Posted 14/06/2021 at 00:19:03
Whenever we watch Brazil, we want (almost expect) them to be the team we all grew up wanting to be and aspire to.
163 Posted 14/06/2021 at 01:51:26
It's dull too as the aging Chile and Uruguay are on their last legs so by default, Brazil or Argentina will win.
164 Posted 14/06/2021 at 02:49:53
165 Posted 14/06/2021 at 03:09:36
If you are going to try to challenge every single point I make at least try to understand them. Pep isn't wrong. You are.
City have a team of everything, they have supremely talented footballers and they have top class Athletes. who will work their arses off..Both compliment each other
Walker can provide athleticism energy, graft, But Creator or Destroyer ?
Nah forget it...I already know you wont understand the question.
166 Posted 14/06/2021 at 06:53:04
167 Posted 14/06/2021 at 06:55:52
Do you understand that point I made?
168 Posted 14/06/2021 at 07:07:46
169 Posted 14/06/2021 at 07:34:46
I'd say by City's standards, Walker is possibly the worst player in the team when it comes to “playing with the ballâ€ so hence the quote, appalling footballer, a throwaway remark, even if he's probably the last pick in the 5-aside's every single day!
170 Posted 14/06/2021 at 07:35:50
Its you who keeps ignoring other posts to challenge mine.
If you don't understand that he isn't chosen by these "expert football coaches" for his footballing skills. Its not just me you don't understand. Its them too.
The guy brings something most footballers don't have. As stated above by someone else he would struggle to get into a league one side if he wasnt such an Athlete.
171 Posted 14/06/2021 at 07:47:28
I was even complimentary about walker when I said he was a marvelous example of what can be achieved with graft ffort and application. That wont register with some.
If people think that because he plays in the same team as Foden and De Bruyne, he belongs in the same bracket and that Pep picks him for the same reasons. Thats up to them.
BTW. I dont object to him being in the England team.
He brings more energy than any of the alternatives, but he repeatedly misplaced the most simple passes all afternoon yesterday. Has done for much of his career
He`s no footballer
172 Posted 14/06/2021 at 09:37:14
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