Discussion in 'Community' started by FORCE_SKIN, Feb 7, 2004.
I wouldn't go that far. It was good, but there have been a number of quality overhead kicks before.
England in actually looking decent shocker. They should be about 4 up with the chances they've had.
No secret they look better with Carrick in there instead of Lampard.
Welbeck could do with staying on his damn feet tho.
Also, to take a leaf out of E's book, Baines should be starting ahead of Cole. Every game.
Lampard on for Carrick. Weird substitution.
And that's that. Well done. Quarter finals here we come.
Leave Lampard at home pls.
WE'RE GONNA WIN THE WORLD CUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There's no reason - barring injury to Baines - why Cole should ever start for England again.
I'd rather try Luke Shaw over Cole from now on and Lampards time with the three lions is done
Lord have mercy on whomever else is in a group with Netherlands and a seeded team ...
They've cruised through qualifying each of the past 3-4 cycles, but I think much of that has to do with very favorable draws. I don't think they're much better than the terrible team that went out of last Euro in the group stage.
I love it when countries like Honduras qualify for the WC. Population of relatively the state of Virginia, and they make it into a field of 32. Well done.
The Dutch always have a quality team yet never seem to win, I hope that will change sometime soon but I'm not optimistic
Frankly, after the World Cup I think guys like Cole, Gerrard, Lampard & Carrick should retire from international football. The way forward should include younger people like Townsend not reliance on 30+ year old players.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. The squad that qualifies should be the squad that goes to the cup.
Considering the amount of players used how do you drill that down to the 23 that go?
Is this to be a FIFA edict as well as going alone on this would be suicidal if it were implemented.
Personally I'd rather take the best possible players who are in form, if that means dropping a player who played in all the qualifiers but has had a poor league season then so be it.
No, it wouldn't be an edict. But those who get you there should be the ones to play. Same as in domestic cup runs. If you play your reserve team at the start, then they should play in the final should you get there.
And with back to back wins - the best run of the qualifiers - you pretty much have your squad
Players move in and out of form over the course of a cup run, or the time between qualifying for a major international tournament and actually participating in one.
I think it would be reasonable to say if you didn't make the squad for any qualifiers, you can't be on the squad for the tournament.
An international player should not be dropped based on domestic form, that's just silly. It's a different team with a different manager. Schurrle hasn't been good for Chelsea yet banged in a hat trick for Germany
Excellent and completely pointless time waster: World Cup draw simulator
Brazil, USA, Russia, Italy on my first try in Group A. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.
Germany with Iran, Ghana and England. Not a cake walk, but I could live with it.
I got Germany, Italy, and Ghana with USA. I had a mild panic attack and stopped playing for a bit.
Second try, Germany with Honduras, Ecuador and Bosnia. I'm sending that to FIFA.
Maybe, but you pick them for the national team based on domestic form. If someone isn't playing well enough to get selected they won't be on the team.
Townsend got called up because he did well for Spurs, if he plays badly and another player in his position plays well for their club I see no reason not to select them instead.
And once the big names retire you'll have to pick from in-form club players. Regardless of how well Lampard & co play for England there comes a point when it isn't progressive to play them anymore. Like Giggs at United. I don't want to see 40 year old players fielded at the 2018 World Cup.
Feeling pretty good about jumping on the Roma bandwagon early right now.