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The actual I am watching the World Cup thread. No, non World Cup watchers please. Spoilers.

seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 9,879
edited 21 November in The cake stop
England vs Iran at 1pm. Stupid bloody time but hey ho.

My guess for today's squad.

Pickford, Walker, Stones, McGuire, Shaw, mount, Bellingham, Foden, Saka, Kane, Sterling.

Rashford’s has found some form but might have not be as confident with the England squad. Kalvin Phillips might be in to sure up the midfield. Trippier could be in for Walker if there’s a doubt over fitness.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 64,462 Lives Here
    Not sure you need Walker's pace against Iran, so I'd be inclined to start Trippier as he's a bit savvier...
  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 9,879

    Not sure you need Walker's pace against Iran, so I'd be inclined to start Trippier as he's a bit savvier...

    I prefer Trippier to be honest and gives you options with free kicks. Walker’s fine but is inclined to make silly errors. He’s necessary if you’re up against pace like Mbappe though.
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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 21,209
    edited 21 November
    Nice to see that exclusion is still alive and kicking. 😉
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
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  • ProssPross Posts: 34,150
    Little warm up game for the group before the proper match at 7pm. You can tell the priority by which gets prime time TV.
  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 9,879
    Pross said:

    Little warm up game for the group before the proper match at 7pm. You can tell the priority by which gets prime time TV.

    😂
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  • Little warm up game for the group before the proper match at 7pm.


    I thought Senegal v Netherlands was at 4pm? ;)
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 64,462 Lives Here

    Little warm up game for the group before the proper match at 7pm.


    I thought Senegal v Netherlands was at 4pm? ;)
    NGL has wrecked my afternoon.
  • seanoconn said:

    Not sure you need Walker's pace against Iran, so I'd be inclined to start Trippier as he's a bit savvier...

    I prefer Trippier to be honest and gives you options with free kicks. Walker’s fine but is inclined to make silly errors. He’s necessary if you’re up against pace like Mbappe though.
    According to a Spurs season ticket holder, he needs that pace because his positional play is so bad.
  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 9,879
    edited 21 November
    Double post
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  • I will be keeping half an eye on it but my opinion is that our group is so censored that we should walk it and if we don't then I won't want to watch it anyway.

    I am assuming my interest will pick up when we need to win by two clear goals to qualify or watching other groups to see who we play next.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 64,462 Lives Here

    I will be keeping half an eye on it but my opinion is that our group is so censored that we should walk it and if we don't then I won't want to watch it anyway.

    I am assuming my interest will pick up when we need to win by two clear goals to qualify or watching other groups to see who we play next.

    Strength of opposition in the path to the final is underrated.

    England lucked out last world cup and if they have any control over it they should go for the easiest route to the final again.
  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 10,810

    I will be keeping half an eye on it but my opinion is that our group is so censored that we should walk it and if we don't then I won't want to watch it anyway.

    I am assuming my interest will pick up when we need to win by two clear goals to qualify or watching other groups to see who we play next.

    Strength of opposition in the path to the final is underrated.

    England lucked out last world cup and if they have any control over it they should go for the easiest route to the final again.
    footballing genius. amazing that no one thought of this before.
  • laurentianlaurentian Posts: 2,150

    I will be keeping half an eye on it but my opinion is that our group is so censored that we should walk it and if we don't then I won't want to watch it anyway.

    I am assuming my interest will pick up when we need to win by two clear goals to qualify or watching other groups to see who we play next.

    Saw something yesterday that uses FIFA rankings . . . we are "officially" in the Group of Death!

    This is due to the height and proximity of rankings - All in Group B are in the top 20.

    For me, Kalvin Phillips is the player England have missed most since the Euros
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  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 27,386
    I don't quite get why the press is making a big deal of Qatar losing their first match... was there an expectation of them to beat Ecuador? It seems bizarre to me, I always took for granted they would lose all the matches
  • ProssPross Posts: 34,150

    I don't quite get why the press is making a big deal of Qatar losing their first match... was there an expectation of them to beat Ecuador? It seems bizarre to me, I always took for granted they would lose all the matches

    I think it was more to do with just how bad they were. They would never get near a World Cup finals that they hadn't bought their way into as host nation.
  • laurentianlaurentian Posts: 2,150
    England XI:
    Pickford, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Rice, Bellingham, Mount, Shaw, Saka, Kane, Sterling
    Wilier Izoard XP
  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 9,879
    Pross said:

    I don't quite get why the press is making a big deal of Qatar losing their first match... was there an expectation of them to beat Ecuador? It seems bizarre to me, I always took for granted they would lose all the matches

    I think it was more to do with just how bad they were. They would never get near a World Cup finals that they hadn't bought their way into as host nation.
    I was half expecting a Sheik to walk on the pitch and drag the team off in disgust after Ecuador scored.
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  • I don't quite get why the press is making a big deal of Qatar losing their first match... was there an expectation of them to beat Ecuador? It seems bizarre to me, I always took for granted they would lose all the matches


    I would be interested to know what the expectations are within Qatar? As they have spent x number of billions on it, and with perhaps less football knowledge amongst the wider population, maybe many Qataris thought the national team were a little better than the reality.

    I think anyone who follows football reasonably closely knows it will take a minor miracle for Qatar to pick up a single point in the group stages.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 64,462 Lives Here

    England XI:
    Pickford, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Rice, Bellingham, Mount, Shaw, Saka, Kane, Sterling

    Forum agrees with the choice at right back by the looks of it.
  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 9,879

    England XI:
    Pickford, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Rice, Bellingham, Mount, Shaw, Saka, Kane, Sterling

    Looks well balanced
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  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 27,386
    I wonder how many students will come to the lecture at 1PM... :D

  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 9,879

    I wonder how many students will come to the lecture at 1PM... :D

    Do you have a big screen protector?
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 64,462 Lives Here
    edited 21 November
    Some pretty funny banners being put up by the Iranians.




  • ProssPross Posts: 34,150
    Football is a disgrace with head injuries
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 22,014
    Pross said:

    Football is a disgrace with head injuries

    That was incredible.
  • TashmanTashman Posts: 3,052
    you'd think they'd get the spelling correct!
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 17,461
    Pross said:

    Football is a disgrace with head injuries

    Much better in pro cycling...
  • ProssPross Posts: 34,150

    Pross said:

    Football is a disgrace with head injuries

    Much better in pro cycling...
    They’ve started to make an effort in cycling despite it being more of a challenge than simply insisting on a substitution whilst checks are out. It ended up wasting even more time as well.
  • ProssPross Posts: 34,150
    This is becoming a rout. These players will be trying to avoid going home if they get hammered by England and the US!
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 22,014
    Not sure I've seen 14 minutes added time before.

    Good score for the first half hour!
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