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Bad luck England, and Pickford in particular who did well. But I'd sooner football-mad nations do better, in whichever part of the world that happens to be. Either in their newly established country, or their expat enclaves and cultural communities around the world, they are mad for it.
Hard to criticise Southgate but he seemed very reluctant to change things when they werent going well.
Serious question as I cant rememberIn 1990 did we play a 3rd place playoff?
Saw Modric saying about pundits and stuff. Which I think heís right about. Under appreciation of the opposition is a classic trait (Rio, Neville both said things along these lines). Vrsaljko was more specific. Must have been irked by something. From the sounds of it their team had been using media comments about them/ the game as motivation.
Obviously not everyone like that (and actually thought a few of the new snippets were surprisingly accurate in their acknowledgement that Croatia do have top players) but theyre not making this stuff up. Might have been a bit less this time round but there is always surprise on a general level when England go out. But when only been to 4 semis in international tournaments ever it should actually be the other way round. And those two might have been extreme (but we know enough to be recorded by the other team) but what on earth had they seen to be anything other than 50:50 nudging towards England through hope/ natural support?This is morphing into a punditry complaint but there should be more cold analysis than that. The pattern of lose control of the game and get punished by decent opposition happens all the time.
It's also incredibly easy to both pick a few isolated moments of English arrogance from the vast number of English media outlets and to understand it, given the prevalence of English speakers/readers around the world. This is an interesting counter showing how, just maybe, it's not really an isolated thing for the English: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jul/12/england-unbelievably-inferior-croatia-press-world-cup-semi-final
England the new everton,,,only iran have created less chances from open play
All I need to know is was Pickford at fault with any of the goals?
It is good enough on the face of it. I'm just not sure we saw anything that suggests a brighter future As for croatia. They aren't really that good. 2 world class midfielders and 1 very good winger. They haven't got much else have they? Player for player our squad is more highly rated than theirs. Maybe that's our problem we are just over rating them. Maybe rather than compare us to dominate teams we need to accept we are always going to be underdogs and a second tier side and enjoy when we battle to relative success
Do you get any joy out of football, out of interest?
Honestly. I do wonder if Iím depressed. I go to work. I go to the gym. I come home get in bed and watch tv. Iím not massively miserable away from here and football in general but i canít be arsed with a lot of things these days. Oh and I watch porn. Lots of porn too
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