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post #1 of 54
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AKA dream on, England. 3 months to go and people are already debating whether we will get past the quarter-finals. Probably not, if I'm being generous.

Who will make the cut?


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2016/03/22/englands-euro-2016-squad-ranked/eric-dier-tottenham-and-england/
post #2 of 54
Due to family ties I always support the Danes (ouch) and the Dutch (double ouch) in internationals, but I've also always had a soft spot for England for some reason.

I guess because as massive as the English game is their history has them ironically fit comfortably into the role of perennial underdogs. And even though they're all multi-multi-multi-millionaires, I've always rooted for the "working class" likes of Scholes, Owen, Gerrard and Rooney to taste international glory. If Jamie Vardy can carry his league form into the Euros I'll probably shed a tear or two of joy. I just wish Rooney was still at his very best.

Also hoping Wales and the two Irelands can make some noise although the group draw did none of them any favours. On the plus side most of the giants do seem vulnerable. Germany have been somewhat ropey since winning their World Cup crown, Italy seem to be struggling in a couple of key positions and France aren't exactly the watchword for consistency these days. Only Spain seem really daunting.
post #3 of 54
Any time I read any article that states a variation of "we may be on the brink of a new golden generation" I know we're boned.

Nice win over Ze Germans today though.
post #4 of 54
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Any time I read any article that states a variation of "we may be on the brink of a new golden generation" I know we're boned.

Nice win over Ze Germans today though.

Another reason I enjoy following England. The constant hype-doom cycle of the press.

Stoked to see Vardy with that cheeky goal this morning, and Harry Kane on the sheet too. The side's showing some good old British never-say-die spirit.
post #5 of 54

I've really softened on Germany.  It was just like, bang, one day my mom bought a Mercedes (well, a Smart Car anyways) and then a few years later I got one.  I mean, I wouldn't live there or anything, but even "Cool Runnings" was like 20 years ago.

post #6 of 54
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...and the riots start:

Take a look at @owenhumphreys1's Tweet: https://twitter.com/owenhumphreys1/status/741366337746931712?s=09
post #7 of 54

Well played, Wales. Great opening result. 

post #8 of 54
For England's sanity I hope they win.
post #9 of 54

They started well. Rooney well in the midfleld and there is no doubt the England forwards are a lively bunch. I don't think Russia are the team to test the weak links at the back though.

 

Part of me hopes England doesn't do well. I have a silly theory that if the team is riding high, the general mood of optimism will swing voters to Brexit. 

post #10 of 54
My brother in law was at the Wales game. I'm absolutely made up for him.
post #11 of 54
Stoked for Wales, the dream is alive and kicking.


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I'm absolutely made up for him.

What does that mean in English Mike?
post #12 of 54
Poor, poor England.
post #13 of 54
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Originally Posted by jhp1608 View Post
 

They started well. Rooney well in the midfleld and there is no doubt the England forwards are a lively bunch. I don't think Russia are the team to test the weak links at the back though.

 

Part of me hopes England doesn't do well. I have a silly theory that if the team is riding high, the general mood of optimism will swing voters to Brexit. 

 

Welp, guess they were. England played well but that back four is leaky.

post #14 of 54
Ha! Typical smile.gif

Least we beat the Aussies in the rugby.
post #15 of 54
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Welp, guess they were. England played well but that back four is leaky.

Was odd seeing none of the bigger lads picked up Glushakov.

On the plus side they've hopefully settled on where to play Rooney now. Russia didn't have the strongest midfield but it was still encouraging to see Rooney bossing it in there.
post #16 of 54
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Stoked for Wales, the dream is alive and kicking.
What does that mean in English Mike?

I'm really pleased for him. Now go spread that throughout your great land. It's a delightful phrase.

Hope Marseille is quiet tonight but can't see it. My mother in law is really worried about him but the Welsh supporters all seem to be acting like grown ups. I'm not pointing figures at anyone in particular but the scum of the fucking Earth have descended upon France. As if there isn't enough happening at the moment.

Anyway, let's not get bogged down in that.
post #17 of 54
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Was odd seeing none of the bigger lads picked up Glushakov.

On the plus side they've hopefully settled on where to play Rooney now. Russia didn't have the strongest midfield but it was still encouraging to see Rooney bossing it in there.

He moved very well, kept in the box and placed himself very deliberately. It was smart football.
post #18 of 54
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Iceland v Portugal tonight. Literally 10 per cent of the population have travelled to France to support the team.
post #19 of 54
Lovely chip finish by Zoltan Stieber. I'm absolutely made up for him.

Meanwhile I propose a new game plan for Iceland if they want to make the fairytale come true: Don't leave Nani unmarked at the near post.
post #20 of 54
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Take a look at @JamillaTweets's Tweet: https://twitter.com/JamillaTweets/status/743177298652782592?s=09

English 'fans' mock and throw coins at refugee children:
post #21 of 54
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English twats made a 7 year-old refugee, who was begging, drink a whole fucking beer before they gave him any money. Really starting to hope we get kicked out.

Take a look at @MStothard's Tweet: https://twitter.com/MStothard/status/743130147176513536?s=09
post #22 of 54
Jesus suffering fuck
post #23 of 54
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Apparently he drank it and the idiots started cheering. And they gave him a cigarette but he stamped it out.
post #24 of 54
On a lighter note, Cardiff is absolutely buzzing at the moment. Everyone is wearing red.
post #25 of 54
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Holycshit amazong goal grom Sturridge.
post #26 of 54

Been drinking, Blue? :)

post #27 of 54
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No, just fat fingers! But Danny Cipriani has. What a thicko:


Take a look at @CourtNewsUK's Tweet: https://twitter.com/CourtNewsUK/status/744843231272308736?s=09
post #28 of 54
Fantastic job Wales. I'm absolutely made up for them.
post #29 of 54
Finally.

A new country for England to go out on penalties against.
post #30 of 54
I'm totally made up for both Irelands.

Even Roy Keane was smiling.
post #31 of 54
My Dad is from Northern Ireland, I'm from the Republic, I live in Wales and I got Iceland in the sweepstakes.

This tournament has been incredible.
post #32 of 54
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England strikers, please try another strategy. Hit and hope isn't working.
post #33 of 54

English shambles continues in Europe.  No leaders, no what if strategy.

 

Now over to Alan for the football

 

(boom tish)

post #34 of 54
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Humiliating.
post #35 of 54
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What the fuck just happened.
post #36 of 54

Fucking awesome. Volcano Hekla can erupt, the Icelanders aren't going home anytime soon.

post #37 of 54
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What the fuck just happened.

 

The same thing that ALWAYS happens.


England were shit.

post #38 of 54
Can't say I'm not enjoying a small amount of schadenfreude right now.

Present company excepted Blue.
post #39 of 54

England can't seem to stop leaving Europe lately.

post #40 of 54

and, taking a leaf from Cameron;s book, Hodgson has resigned saying:

 

"I hope you will still be able to see an England team in the final of a major tournament soon"

 

not very fucking likely.

 

Even though I expected this I'm so miserable right now.

 

Best I go home and look at my NZ passport.

post #41 of 54
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"These things happen", said Hodgson. Err did you leave the Iron on Roy??
post #42 of 54

Losing to a country with only 0,5 percent of your population can sting. But it might ease the pain to remember most of them are related to this guy:

 

post #43 of 54
Yea, I mean Iceland's head coach is still a part time dentist. No shame in this loss.
post #44 of 54
One of their players is called Ragnar. I mean that means he is literally a demi-god, right?
post #45 of 54
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Yea, I mean Iceland's head coach is still a part time dentist. No shame in this loss.

 

Their goalkeeper is a film director. And their sports commentator is a part time Ringwraith:

 

post #46 of 54

Ah, that was great.  A sheer expression of joy.  Bloody marvelous.

post #47 of 54

What a goal from Robson-Kanu. They'll be talking about that for years!

 

I have a feeling the last 15 minutes of this game are going to be rather tense...


Edited by jhp1608 - 7/1/16 at 1:32pm
post #48 of 54

3-1! Holeeeee shit.

post #49 of 54
I drew Belgium in my work sweepstake so Wales just lost me my £140 winnings, the bastards!

Still happy for them though.
post #50 of 54
Sorry for your loss, Paul. It's a stunning result for Wales, though.
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