Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Scotland

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Walker has given the ball away 3 times now.

Every time I watch England he’s the weak link, when we’re in possession it’s like playing with ten men with him on the pitch. I hope Southgate brings Shaw on for him and moves Trippier over to right back but it won’t happen.

Sterling has played well and Foden looks dangerous.
 

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Started OK but then we got drawn into walking football, exactly the style which had seen us fail in almost every tournament.

No energy, no press, no running at them, dull as f***.
OK, it’s quite hot but it was quite hot in the other games too and they didn’t look knackered.
 

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Great 20 mins by us but Croatia have taken control of the midfield, lucky for us they look toothless up front.
 

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Great start but last 25 been back to normal England - pedestrian pace and allowing Croatia to get a foothold. I'd have Walker off for James at half-time and get us back on the front foot - Sterling and Foden are worrying them when they drive forward but the service towards the end of the half was non existent and Kane totally isolated.
 
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What's the point of booing the Croatian anthem? Apart from the fact it is shows a lack of class do you really think grizzly old campaigners like Modric and Perisic give a toss!
Always offensive and unnecessary. Though Croatia is a country which in its modern incarnation defines its national identity a lot through football - particularly as WC 98 was so soon after independence- so I’m not sure the old hands or the young ones will be meh about the disrespect.
 

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Good win and deserved in the end. Didn't really have any pressure to deal with and arguably should have had one more goal.

Will be a lot harder tests but should see us into the knockout stages. Phillips MoM for me
 

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Post-match interviewer to Sterling (didn't catch the name):

"Have you justified your selection?"

Wtf? I thought Sterlings reaction - or lack of - was admirable (he just smiled bemusedly).

Had it been me, I think it might have been:

1. I didn't select myself;
2. You might ask the person who did;
3. Of course I bloody did - now sod off, you fool.
 

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I'd like it if she now asked Mings "Do you think Sterling justified his selection"

Would be hilarious! Twitter would go into meltdown.
 

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It's a results business knock out football, so job done. It's irritating that we're not playing beautiful football... but we're completely spoilt by Brentford to be honest. Playing that kinda way I think shows why there's no room for Grealish... we're not here to entertain quite obviously.
 

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It's a results business knock out football, so job done. It's irritating that we're not playing beautiful football... but we're completely spoilt by Brentford to be honest. Playing that kinda way I think shows why there's no room for Grealish... we're not here to entertain quite obviously.
Agree with Rio. Grealish might well be picked to find the gaps through a team that parks the bus instead of pace to run in behind a high press. Horses for courses. Nice to have so many attacking options in this squad.
 

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Delighted with the win, but we huffed & puffed against a team that offered absolutely nothing in attack. Phillips easily MOM.
 

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It's a results business knock out football, so job done. It's irritating that we're not playing beautiful football... but we're completely spoilt by Brentford to be honest. Playing that kinda way I think shows why there's no room for Grealish... we're not here to entertain quite obviously.

I think you pick two from Grealish, Sterling, and Foden. Everyone can disagree over which two but whoever plays out of those three brings quality that we haven't seen in an England team for years.
 

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Post-match interviewer to Sterling (didn't catch the name):

"Have you justified your selection?"

Wtf? I thought Sterlings reaction - or lack of - was admirable (he just smiled bemusedly).

Had it been me, I think it might have been:

1. I didn't select myself;
2. You might ask the person who did;
3. Of course I bloody did - now sod off, you fool.
Would have been better if he had said,

"I think so. But how on earth did you get selected to ask questions?"
 

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Snore fest, do you think that Southgate might realise that if you play the ball forward more we could score goals, as the only time they did today we scored, not going far in this tournament with this negative team selection, lack of pace at centre forward and very little creativity in midfield.
 

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Snore fest, do you think that Southgate might realise that if you play the ball forward more we could score goals, as the only time they did today we scored, not going far in this tournament with this negative team selection, lack of pace at centre forward and very little creativity in midfield.

Thats an incredibly harsh, and not very accurate summary IMO.
 

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Snore fest, do you think that Southgate might realise that if you play the ball forward more we could score goals, as the only time they did today we scored, not going far in this tournament with this negative team selection, lack of pace at centre forward and very little creativity in midfield.

It's tournament football, you're meant to win your games, not entertain. I don't care if we win every game playing like that, no one will remember the games, they'll be too happy lifting the trophy and celebrating.
 

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Thats an incredibly harsh, and not very accurate summary IMO.
Unfortunately i am not looking through brightly coloured specs, if you thought that was a good performance, it just shows how peoples expectations have been diluted over pervious hype at major tournaments
 

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I thought it was far more entertaining than most of the fare served up for the last four decades, or so. Croatia still good quality.
 

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Applause heavily outweighing any booing during the knee taking, despite the nonsense posted on here this week :wave:

Borefest game but we got the result which was the main thing. Hopefully we give the Scots a proper footballing lesson on Friday, happy to revert back to safety first for the third game.
 

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Still think it was a weird decision.
Yep so do I. It worked and that's all that matters. On to Scotland. I would bring back Terry Butcher. He will take care of that brave heart bloke they have up front. William something.
Come on England
 

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Yep so do I. It worked and that's all that matters. On to Scotland. I would bring back Terry Butcher. He will take care of that brave heart bloke they have up front. William something.
Come on England
Terry Butcher the footballer...not the ID thief who masqueraded as a football manager.
 

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It's tournament football, you're meant to win your games, not entertain. I don't care if we win every game playing like that, no one will remember the games, they'll be too happy lifting the trophy and celebrating.
Sorry - but I really hate this attitude. Football is still (despite the money) a sport and an entertainment - for the fans at least.

*and I usually agree with our posts!
 
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