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Sky Blue Pete

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I had to look at the poem Jerusalem at A level - William Blake was an interesting character.

He would turn in his grave. He was anti establishment, anti religion and anti monarchy.

The poem is considered by some to be an uprising of the under privileged against the owners of the factories in the industrial revolution.
Great context
 

hamertime

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I had to look at the poem Jerusalem at A level - William Blake was an interesting character.

He would turn in his grave. He was anti establishment, anti religion and anti monarchy.

The poem is considered by some to be an uprising of the under privileged against the owners of the factories in the industrial revolution.
I wish I got an education stuff like this is interesting. Was too busy trying to finger birds and smash windows.
 

Tommo1993

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Might even watch the Wales game instead. At least there’s something at stake in that game. Not sure I can do another Southgate friendly.
 

Otis

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We get it. You all hate Southgate.

He ain’t going anywhere until after the euros though so can we just please support the team until then.
I most certainly don't hate him. Do think he's not good enough though and do find him frustrating, especially when we have so many flair players at our disposal.

Would love for him to prove me wrong, but I am not holding my breath.
 

Liquid Gold

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I most certainly don't hate him. Do think he's not good enough though and do find him frustrating, especially when we have so many flair players at our disposal.

Would love for him to prove me wrong, but I am not holding my breath.
Same. Think he should have gone after the World Cup but he didn’t.

He’s now taking us to the euros and we need to support not create noise about management.
 

Otis

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I know it's only been one game, but I was so impressed with Mainoo. He took the whole occasion in his stride and looked a complete natural.

I would have no hesitation in starting him in the Euro's, if he continues that form in the pre tournament friendlies.

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Obviously praying that Shaw somehow gets fit in time.

I simply would not play Maguire and based on the reports from Italy, I think I would plump for Tomori to fill that slot
 

David O'Day

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I know it's only been one game, but I was so impressed with Mainoo. He took the whole occasion in his stride and looked a complete natural.

I would have no hesitation in starting him in the Euro's, if he continues that form in the pre tournament friendlies.

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Obviously praying that Shaw somehow gets fit in time.

I simply would not play Maguire and based on the reports from Italy, I think I would plump for Tomori to fill that slot
yeah but he could be out for the season
 

Brighton Sky Blue

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Yeah, I understand that. I think Southgate may take him, if he can be available for games later on in the tournament. He is so much better than Chilwell.
Tino Livramento’s worth looking at too if Shaw isn’t ready by then.
 

Evo1883

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Also , I know bellingham plays 10 at Madrid, but with our options he's also good as an 8 ..we don't need to pigeon hole bellingham at 10
 

SBT

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Mine is the same as McNulty’s. Trippier at LB if Shaw can’t go. Don’t feel great about Maguire, but don’t see any other options that don’t scream ‘Mystery Box’.
 

David O'Day

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Mine is the same as McNulty’s. Trippier at LB if Shaw can’t go. Don’t feel great about Maguire, but don’t see any other options that don’t scream ‘Mystery Box’.
no, when he plays left back he stops and checks back on to his righty foot far too much and slows play down.

chilwell isn't great but you want a left footer at lb
 

Otis

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no, when he plays left back he stops and checks back on to his righty foot far too much and slows play down.

chilwell isn't great but you want a left footer at lb
I agree. Trippier's play is too telegraphed when he's at left back. You know exactly what he is going to do every time.
 

SBT

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no, when he plays left back he stops and checks back on to his righty foot far too much and slows play down.

chilwell isn't great but you want a left footer at lb
Chilwell hasn’t exactly filled me with confidence lately. Trippier’s set pieces are also a big asset. Hope it’s a moot discussion anyway.
 

David O'Day

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Chilwell hasn’t exactly filled me with confidence lately. Trippier’s set pieces are also a big asset. Hope it’s a moot discussion anyway.
we don't need his set pieces so much that they would make up for him continuingly stopping and playing the ball back to a cb or a cdm.

when he does cross from the left the delay caused by him checking back on his right gives the defence extra time to get back in position
 
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Sky_Blue_Dreamer

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I know it's only been one game, but I was so impressed with Mainoo. He took the whole occasion in his stride and looked a complete natural.

I would have no hesitation in starting him in the Euro's, if he continues that form in the pre tournament friendlies.

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Obviously praying that Shaw somehow gets fit in time.

I simply would not play Maguire and based on the reports from Italy, I think I would plump for Tomori to fill that slot
That's what I'm going with at the moment.

The alternative is drop Bellingham back into an 8 ahead of Mainoo and play Maddison in the 10
 

SBT

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That's what I'm going with at the moment.

The alternative is drop Bellingham back into an 8 ahead of Mainoo and play Maddison in the 10
Love Maddison but playing Bellingham out of his best position to accommodate him would be crazy.

Also, there’s no way I’d pick Mainoo ahead of Rice.
 

CCFCSteve

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Might be a bit early to say but mcnultys team is most likely, unless Southgate bottles it and plays hendo ahead of Mainoo. I’d be happy with that unless a CB can come from somewhere

Southgate isn’t going to be bolder than that and nor should he need to be. Plenty of ability in that midfield and attack to unsettle any opposition
 

Sky_Blue_Dreamer

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Love Maddison but playing Bellingham out of his best position to accommodate him would be crazy.

Also, there’s no way I’d pick Mainoo ahead of Rice.
I wasn't clear.

I overall agreed I'd play Bellingham more advanced with Rice and Mainoo deeper, leaving Maddison on the bench

I also meant that if I were to pick maddison I'd drop Mainoo for him and have a middle three of Rice-Maddison-Bellingham
 

Otis

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Rice is one of the first names on the team sheet these days isn't. Been so impressed with him for England.

It has to be Bellingham and Rice, whatever. Others to fit in around those two
 
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Mucca Mad Boys

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Also , I know bellingham plays 10 at Madrid, but with our options he's also good as an 8 ..we don't need to pigeon hole bellingham at 10
Behind Kane, he’s an our best player and I’m not sure why people would want him playing as an ‘8’ with more defensive capabilities. He’s better than Madison, Foden, Palmer and anyone else who’d play AM for England.

Our defence is a weak point so as much criticism as Southgate gets for his insistence on playing the double pivot, it’s the right choice for this team.

Foden is exceptional for Man City but calls for him to play centrally are wrong. He’s not impressed there for England yet. If Rashford finds good form at Man U, he gets the LW berth ahead of Foden. Despite this, I do think Foden is a better player than Rashford overall - we need more goals in our team outside Kane, Bellingham and Saka.
 

David O'Day

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Madness! Foden has been one of the best players in the country all year, 10 good games from Rashford at the end of a poor season for him shouldn’t dislodge him from the side. Foden simply has to start.
I can see the argument for an on form Rashford. Kane will drop deep and Rashford has the pace to replicate the job that Son use along side him for Spurs.

Madness is thinking Henderson should be in over Mainoo.
 

Mucca Mad Boys

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Madness! Foden has been one of the best players in the country all year, 10 good games from Rashford at the end of a poor season for him shouldn’t dislodge him from the side. Foden simply has to start.
Agreed, I love Foden as a player but he hasn’t translated that form into an England shirt yet.

If Foden brings his Man City form into an England shirt, it’s no competition.
 

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