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It's coming home, but in typical British fashion, bus was cancelled, so missed the train and it's now on a slow ass road replacement service.
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Agree completely about taking those first half chances, we were always going to concede, it was just a matter of when and even after we conceded we didn't look the more likely to go on and win. I know most people will be saying about how proud they are, (and that's fine because I'm proud of the team as well) but I can't help but feel that might have been the best chance we will get to see a final involving England for a long, long time. If you look back at our previous games in world cups where we have been knocked out it has always been against "big teams", Croatia are a good side but not quite Germany or Argentina. Worst part is we were only 23 minutes away from the final, just devastating. That and the first half was really quite good, so it's such a shame how the rest went...
Yeah we literally had control of the game in that firs half and we gave it to them. They'd have never got us if we'd have gone 2 up. But I do agree on the fact that when the big powerhouses went missing we didn't take advantage so yeah it's disappointing in that sense as we may not get another opening like that. I think we are on the right track though but we either need to learn to be better at defending and keeping the ball or make more of our chances when we get them because 1-0 up at half time is not enough. Because the days of getting away with a 1-0 like Arsenal used to do are long gone.
The one player I'm going to dig out is Kane, he was truly awful all game. Everyone can have a bad game, but what a game to go missing in. He didn't hold the ball up, he didn't move and drag the defence away so people like Sterling could get in. Against Sweden he did all that which helped us score without him getting on the score sheet. Then when he did get the chance he missed an absolute sitter.We had a kind draw, but then so did Germany when they won. This team can get better, plus our youth teams have won tournaments, so the English game is on the right track. Southgate is the perfect national coach, as he gives players the belief and freedom to play. I just hope we can do it again, as last time we got to the semi finals I was only 1 or 2 years old I think.I think France would have been too much for us, but it would have been great to get the chance to play them.
Dude they have VAR now, so if he scored it would have been used and given, as he was on side. He had a very poor match, people thought he was carrying an injury, but wasn't. Don't get me wrong he played a crucial role in getting us to the semi, but I don't know what happened.
It would have been used yes but not necessarily given. As he looked offside to me and the commentary team thought so as well if I recall. Also yeah he did do well throughout the tournament as our captain and I'm glad he plays for my club because he is a good player in general. But yeah it was just an off day when we could least afford it from him.
I thought Kane looked tired personally. He seemed to lack energy all match.The writing was on the wall early in the second half. England were not really under any pressure in the first half but couldn't carry out the main, basic rule of football in the second half. KEEP THE BALL! Too many times they either ran into a Croatian player or passed it straight to them. It was repetitive and obvious what was going to end up happening. It was hard to be **** off at them for losing though. They brought the passion out in the fans and made us believe again. I haven't seen that since Euro 96. As for the third place play off, I'd like to see Dele and Sterling drop out for Loftus-Cheek and Rashford. I think the lad is special. He's the only England player who looks fearless to me and not afraid to run at players and take them on. When was the last time we had somebody like that?
No the showed a replay of it, the reason the commentators thought it was was because the flag went up, but that was because the ball went out of play after his shot. He was behind the defensive line before his run.