Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Racy Old Roy!!

Well thank God for that.

I know the more cynical souls amongst us are quite happy to chunter about the big tournaments being better when we're not in them, but I was pleased as punch for England last night. And especially for Roy Hodgson.

It's hard to think of a more honourable fellow than Woy. Even his acceptance that this was perhaps his greatest night as a football manager came with the rider that he didn't want to devalue what Switzerland achieved under his stewardship.

And you can't help but give the lovely old duffer a lot of credit for the way England played in the last two games. It was breezy, entertaining stuff. Caution thrown to the wind. Handbrake off. All right I'm not sure what else they could have done given they needed to WIN, but... it was almost as if Harry Redknapp was in charge.

Which of course he should've been. Harry'll tell you that. Everyone wanted him, you know. There are newborn babies entering the world in tears because of that decision. Everyone loves 'Arry. Apart, perhaps, from the Inland Revenue. And the FA. There is a whiff of something around Redknapp. It's called suspicion. And for all his geezery bonhomie he can't quite shake that off, bless 'im.

But that old samba soccer guru Roy Hodgson was the main man. Up until these last two fixtures he'd overseen a team that staggered out of one place after another clutching its single point like an asthmatic hanging on to his inhaler. The performances varied from poor to abject. The desire not to lose brought a deathly stiffness to everything the players did. The ball become as welcome a companion as a false widow spider on a toilet seat.

Roy meanwhile seemed blithely ignorant of the facts that lay before the rest of us. He thought the team had done well, except for the odd bad spell, and that a point was worthy of celebrating. The rest of us thought they were a bit shit.

My research (asking people in the pub) tells me that expectations are pretty low for this England side. There have been times when the successful exchange of four passes has been cause for optimism, it being such an improvement n all. None of this pessimism harms Roy.

Nor does having a full squad to choose from. The absence of Ashley Cole only helped England's cause with Baines delivering crosses like a left-pegged mop-topped Beckham. He is the best left-back we have now. Comfortably.

The selection of Andros Townsend was Hodgson's true bit of inspiration. The lad was a loanee at that den of iniquity Queens Park Rangers last season. He was part of that football club experiment which we might now sum up in seven words "Splash The Cash And Cross Your Fingers." He returned to a Tottenham bursting at the seams with new signings and you were wondering who was going to borrow him next.

And now he's been as good as anyone in an England shirt in his first two games, although I was bit suspicious that Andros Townsend's man of the match award v Montenegro was chosen by Andy Townsend. Corruption runs deep in football.

His pace terrified the opposition full-backs. He revealed a very decent right foot to go with his excellent left. Unlike Walcott, he didn't burst into space, lift his head and pick out some more empty space. Unlike Young, he tried to play the game in an upright position. Unlike Milner, he looked like he might do something creative with the ball. And he can't half belt it when he wants to. A brilliant pick.

Gerrard too deserves praise for his contribution. He's not quite the bloke that single-handedly secured Rafa Benitez's reputation at Liverpool in 2005, but he's a wiser soul now. He looks at ease with himself. And he's still got enough puff to get up the park and toe-poke in the decisive goal.

Rooney looks like he might be near his best too. He's looking pretty secure in front of goal and that Desperate Dan grin hasn't been seen this often in an England shirt since he was the boy Shrek of 2004. The naff headgear needs to stay, Wazza. It's working.

Of course there are concerns: Welbeck continues to float around like a great fragile moth. He seems to need about eighteen touches before he can shoot. You can praise the lad's movement and his link-up play (although that was erratic last night) but ultimately he's supposed to score goals and I still don't reckon he'll get enough.

Poland's best attacks came from our corners. It was alarming how easy it was to run the length of the pitch without getting challenged. No one went to the ball. Everyone just ran back towards the goal as if they thought that enough of them could queue up on the goal-line we might just be okay. It reminded me of the 4-1 defeat to Germany. That sort of defending. Scary. But they got away with it... just.

And maybe that's the price you pay when you actually try and win a game of football. Certainly there was a bit more incision up front and the interchanging front four were bordering on a revelation.

But no, England will not win the World Cup. Not even close. And there's nowt wrong with realistic expectations. Most of us support club sides where realism is essential. So a bunch of young lads with a  couple of old heads and a decent method to them seems like quite a nice watch if you ask me. As long as we don't expect miracles.

Having said that, I can already see England's performance in their opening fixture of Brazil 2014. It'll be like every other one: nervy, cautious, scratchy, but a point is a point.





81 comments:

  1. Howay the lads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. good stuff Robbo. It's in the bag, World Cup Winners 2014.

    Rooney's headband was off when he scored but it needs a name, it's like the Berbaband from yesteryear but a lot thicker!

    It's all gonna be fine as long as they let Stevie G select the music in the changing room.

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  3. Im with trott i think we'll win it and i'll be really pissed off if we dont, rooneys like harry potter now with his new jones-boot flash scar.

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  4. I've got some pretty high hopes over here in the colonies based on TeamUSA (tm)'s performances, but equalising twice and winning in stoppage time vs the mighty Panama will do that to a fella.

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  5. Played decent last 2 games, keep Townsend, Rooney n Sturridge n Baines going good things might happen....
    Hope Engerland fans turn up in party mode not in "Let's be havvin it mode"
    Time to enjoy a World Cup

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  6. I feel happy for Uncle Woy. His draw away, win at home strategy could easily have failed. But he believed in it, stuck to his guns, upped the ante at home when he needed to and Brazil bound we are. Credit to him.

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  7. Spot on Robbo. My predictions are that we'll draw the first game, lose the second and then have to beat the best team in the group by two clear goals to qualify. Alternatively we will lose in the last 16 ko round on penalties. Best possible outcome would be to get to the QFs when we're bound to end up playing any one of Brazil, Argentina, Spain or Germany. Injuries and Yellow Cards will also be a factor but it's the same for everyone so hey, let's relax and enjoy it - at least we will be there.

    Spider

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    1. Oh, I nearly forgot - up yours you elephant-eared crisp eating twat.

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  8. after watching Colchester ('we're a passing team and play attractive attacking football' MY ARSE) United defending a 1-0 lead from the 8th minute at the weekend my football brain needed its synapses jump started and the England game did it.. .. England needing a win and playing a bunch of fearless and inventive young strikers and Poland with nothing to win and playing in front of 25000 fans.... Great stuff

    the only thing bothering me is why can't stab kroenke can't afford a better wig

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    1. He can. The money is already available. But he doesn't need to spend it because the one's he has are doing a stellar job.

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  9. On point as ever, Robbo. As for everyone else's predictions (esp. Scott & Spider), they basically echo what I said at the end of the last blog's comments. England and the US of A may not have the same level of interest (or angst) for the World Cup, but we'll go just as far.

    Spain or Brazil, whoever traveled fewer miles during the group stages, win the final. Argentina overturn Germany or Belgium in the disconsolation match. Home soil (or home continent) will make a difference. At least if the English bow out in the group stages, you can blame the abundance of sunlight, though the rain should be a welcome sight. We won't make any excuses here, mostly because too few people will care for us to bother with any.

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  10. Good bet.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-24555555

    Bad bet.

    http://www.worldcupodds.com/england

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  11. Errr. Maybe its because I am in the Antipodes but somehow I seemed to have seen a different game. England were great for about ten minutes before and after Rooney scored. Then Roy removed an attacker in an attempt to kill the game at 1-0. Gerrard's goal was only because he never read the play book and rushed forward. England were lucky as up until "ar stevie" scored a draw was looking quite possible.

    But the german sweden game - now that was a cracker !

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  12. Have a look at this,

    https://twitter.com/nultroast

    If I didn't know better,I'd say it was Blogidy up to his old tricks.

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    1. Not guilty jacks.ive got better things to do. wait no i havent ha ha.

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  13. Hodgson you space monkey forget about the possible connotations of comparing chris smalling to someone as competent as an astronaut (i assume thats where the offence lies. but damn you to hell for telling such a rubbish joke.

    Way out, man. Or should that be....

    Woy Out!

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  14. I plead ignorance. Can someone post the actual joke, I've no idea what it is.

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    1. “NASA decided they’d finally send a man up in a capsule after sending only monkeys in the earlier missions.

      “They fire the man and the monkey into space.

      “The intercom crackles, ‘Monkey, fire the retros.’

      “A little later, ‘Monkey, check the solid fuel supply.’

      “Later still, “Monkey, check the life support systems for the man.’

      “The astronaut takes umbrage and radios NASA, ‘When do I get to do something?’

      “NASA replies, ‘In 15 minutes – feed the monkey.’”

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    2. Thanks Jacks.

      A> That isn't really funny, which is fine as no one expects RH to be a really funny guy.
      B> The intent of telling this joke is quite clear, and if anyone thinks it has any racial intonations, specially the Kick It Out people, they are doing the cause a dis-service.

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    3. What it does demonstrate is we have an awful media (not that that needed to be shown again)

      It's a non-story which has been whipped up into a faux media storm.

      We wonder why people give dull and boring press conferences,statements to the press etc.

      Here's why I suppose.

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    4. I couldn't give a monkey's about a story like this.

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    5. Even Kick It Out supported Hodgson/FA on this one. Looks like they were happy it was investigated but glad it is over. I'm inclined to agree. Without knowing the details of the joke, it could have been racially offensive. Now that we know the details of the joke, it is merely an offense to good humor.

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  15. Holy fuck, how many paragraphs can be written about the certainty of a non-seeded team being in a group with seeded teams? It's not rocket science, or wait, maybe it is? For here am I floating round my tin can........

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  16. It finally appeared on the BBC after others deemed the joke as being non-racist. I'm fed up of the BBC (a supposed news service) reporting on people being racist / sexist / whatever-the-fuck-else-ist without actually providing the supposed disgraceful comments for people to decide whether to be outraged or not. I have to go trawling around to find out what so-and-so has said about somebody else to see if I can be arsed getting arsey about it (which usually I can't.). Obviously Tyson Fury's outburst was worth trawling round for though.
    Also isn't there something slightly racist about finding the word astronaut inherently racist.
    Rastafairy.

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  17. Space monkeys are up in arms about being compared to footballers

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  18. Fuck the football...this weekend I will be mostly reading Morrissey's autobiography

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    1. That man is a cunt. In my opinion.

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  19. Top blogging as ever Robbo. Most media outlets seem to be keeping a lid on expectations, but give it 6 months and they'll all be following Trott's mantra of 'it's in the bag!!'

    Just started watching Prison Break, but by Christ, it's hard work! Cheesier than the moon in a Wallace and Gromit movie. Anyone who's watched it, is it worth persevering with or shall I just save myself the bother?

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    1. I quite liked Prison Break, Noel.

      Dont take it too seriously and just see it as light entertainment and you may enjoy it.

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    2. Thanks for that, H. I'll stick with it and see what happens.

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  20. You think you're happy to qualify? Mexico only made it into the playoffs because, down 2-1 in stoppage time, USA beat Panama 3-2 to kill off their hosts' qualification dreams.

    Follow this link:

    http://soccer.si.com/2013/10/16/usa-panama-mexico-world-cup-qualifiers-newspapers-videos/?sct=sc_t1t_a4

    and scroll down a bit to the video "Mexico vs Panama 2013", along with the helpful translation.

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  21. If you replace the word monkey with roman abramovic and the word astronaut with bernitez does that make it funny or racist?

    Or make Nasa the FA and then the monkey can be "a committee" and the astronaut greg dyke?

    Either way I think woy was making a serious point about football today

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  22. ok so the non story has now moved onto a real issue. what twat leaked this to the press? the only motive could be stupidity and the only objective to embarrass uncle woy. drop him. unless he's good obviously.i guess we'll know who in a day or so.

    my money's on sturridge. so you'll have to forgive him, woy.

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    1. Well, it's got to be an egomaniac with no sense of team responsibility. So that narrows it down to ... just about anyone in the England squad.

      Some journalists apparently know who it was. They should have a quiet word in Woy's ear.



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  23. Whats the latest on SpaceMonkeyGate?

    Has anyone been executed or shot into space on the back of a sputnik yet?

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    1. Kick it Out seems to have decided it's all OK, but the Society of Black Lawyers (whose name strikes me as potentially, at least, racist) seems to want to drag things out.

      If you want to make yourselves look complete idiots, SBL, go right ahead.


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  24. OMG the Iraninas are getting involved now and theyre developing nukes. talk about a little joke getting out of hand, this could spark WW3...

    http://beforeitsnews.com/space/2013/02/iran-monkeygate-raises-suspicions-2453972.html

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    1. Oh Christ! Now Netanyahu will go off on one about the Iranians using space monkeys to wipe Israel off the map.


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  25. Good stuff RR.

    I was a bit under the weather this week, nothing life threatening, but enough to keep me out the bar and in the very near vicinity of the little boys room. So while channel surfing, wrapped up in bed, I saw the England game was been broadcasted live on one of my overpriced sports channels, so I decided to tune in. What I witnesseed did not make me feel much better.

    Don't get me wrong, I was glad that England qualified, I just thought it was a terrible game. If that was England "playing with the handbrake off" then we are in serious need of a M.O.T. The first half was semi decent, I thought Poland looked the better team, but Rooney did what Rooney does and we went in one up on the break.

    It should of been 1-1 within seconds of the restart, terrible defending let Poland in straight away, we were wide open, it wasn't the first or last time that happened. The second half continued and it was tedious to watch, we lacked any kind of real plan. When we had the ball we didn't seem to know what to do with it. as the minutes ticked down I could almost smell an equaliser coming, I was sure we were going to offload double barrel towards the toe area, yet somehow (as if it were scripted) good ol' Stevie Me popped up to save the day and a nations fingernails to secure qualifacation.

    You could see the relief on Roy's boat, because I think, like me, he was dreading the worst, he'll take the plaudits now and good luck to him, but bloody hell he made hard work of it. If swapping Carrick for Lampard seemed wierd to me, then the introduction of Wilshere was just as baffling, when you're trying to close out a game, because in the end, that's what it was,with a kind of just boot it away mentality, then why would you bring on two attacking midfielders? Typical England.

    He'll have his work cut out for him next summer, but hey, stranger things have happened in football, so while there's no real need to get too optimistic, I think people like Greg Dyke should fuck off with his we haven't got a chance of winning bollox. Maybe we haven't, but what kind of defeatest attitude is that to be coming from a guy who is supposed to be improving things? Grow a pair you cum burper and do something positive instead of farming things out to comitees and throwing in the towel before a ball has even been kicked.

    A lot has been made over the seeding system, and while I agree that the whole ranking thing is a bit crap, it's not because England aren't one of the top 7, they're not, they haven't been for years, no matter what that poxy table has told you. I still haven't quite worked out why The Netherlands are not in there, after only dropping two points in the whole of the qualifications, but I'm sure Septic Bladder has his reasons.

    It's probably actualy better that England are not seeded as they won't be matched against the likes of Italy and NL plus many others who I'd consider a lot stronger then a few of the seeds. Going into the competition with low expectations may very well be a blessing in disguise. The players may actualy go out and play with some freedom instaed of been weighed down with the burden of over expectation, but of course, if they do manage a good start the good folk at the rags will probably start to overhype them again just waiting in the wings to ignite the fire of condamnation if those that they have hyped fall, ready to tar and feather poor old Roy before chasing him out of town, pitchforks raised, before anointing 'Arry (he was there choice you know)as king of everything and uber god of Hinglish footy related stuff.

    It's almost like they want us to fail.

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  26. While on the subject of overhyping.

    Can everyone please calm the fuck down over Andros Townsend.

    I remember the last winger who was going to be the next best thing, he scored twice on his debuet and was destined for greatness, his name; Kieren Richardson.

    back to Andros, yes the lad did well, he looked lively and was willing to give it a go, but the way everyones creaming themselves you'd think a Messi Ronaldo hybride had been realesed on the world. It's like the people who are actualy paid to write about football don't really watch any football, definetly not the PL anyway, where young Master Townsend has been plying his trade over the last two seasons at least. If you can't recall his loan spell at QPR, that's probably because nothing spectacular, except for a really good long range goal,happened, lest we forget, QPR were relegated.

    I've seen him a few times this season, what mostly sticks in my mind is his propensity to shoot from just about everywhere on the pitch, can't remember too many going in though, not a great deal on target either. Apart from Lloris, I thought he was Spurs brightest looking player agaist Arsenal but that's not saying to much in a team that hadn't fully began to gel yet.

    He is ofcourse now been likened to Walcott, a player who scored 11 goals and had 12 assists in the PL last term. Before anyone starts accusing me of Arsenal bias, I've stated before, on these very pages, that I think his stats mask the fact that he is painfully limited and probably the most frustrating player I've ever seen, from subliem to eye gaugingly awful, he's only constant is his inconsistancy, he can rule a game one day and be a total passenger in the next. However, I still believe Roy would pick him over Townsend.

    Another issue that slightly bothers me is the Baines v Cole left back slot. Baines is a good player and did well filling in, but there's a reason why he is second choice, because no matter how much it pains me to say it, Ashley Cole is the best in the business. He's been at the top of his profession for years, pitting his wits against the best in the business and has won everything there is to win at club level, I can't think of any player who has been as consistent in an England shirt. If you are looking for what can be branded as a real "world class" player in the England squad then look no futher then him.

    Damn you all to Hull for making me defend him.

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    1. Well I'm glad someone has seen his Premiership performances this season, and not just his England ones. He's been pretty poor in a Spurs shirt, in my opinion. He has had the most shots of any player in the league, and also has the lowest shot accuracy of any player in the league. He's busy, and he can run at people, but he's far from the finished product. Lennon is back now, and I think AVB prefers him over Townsend, and of course, Lamela will have to get game time after costing 30m. If it wasn't for Lennon's injury in the first game, then Townsend wouldn't have even been in the matchday squads.

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  27. H2H, I can't disagree more. Not until I read the Cliff's Notes, anyway.

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    1. Cliff's Notes???

      Sounds like an awful cover/tribute band.

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    2. I agree, Townsend was lively but fucked up a couple of times, he'll get better with time we hope but no guarantee, I do however think he's less of a cul de sac type than Theo. I also agree on the Baines V Cole debate. However, I reckon for the types of games we played in the last week, Baines is a better bet. Against teams in need of more serious defending and less frolicking up the wing, then Cole's the best option. The bigger worry still is right back, hopefully an imminent emergence of a recently naturalised unknown will quell those fears.

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    3. It will also be interesting to see what happens to Townsend when Lennon returns to the spuds squad, there's also Eric Lamela biting at his heels, so if he can keep his place in their starting XI then he will be doing well.

      The right back place is indeed a worry, you know you're in barney when you really start missing Glen Johnson.

      If Roy insists on playing the arcaic 442 system then why doesn't he just play7 Baines ahead of Cole as a winger, sorted.

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    4. Ah, Cliff's Notes are a cover band, of sorts. Summaries of books we were assigned to read in school but couldn't be bothered.

      Like the idea of Baines ahead of Cole.

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  28. West Ham striker Andy Carroll, 24, who is currently out with a foot injury, has travelled to Belgium to see a physiotherapist who specialises in treating ballet injuries.
    Full story: Daily Mail

    What a Prima Donna

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  29. Meanwhile our own Buli has thrown up a stinker in the Bayer Leverkusen game...this one you lads don't wanna miss

    --BeeZee

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  30. Wot? You're saying that Townsend isn't the Masiah, he isn't a space monkey and he isn't even all that good? This is shocking news.

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  31. Arsenals first goal against Norwich today was unbeliveable. One of those that will be reshown and reshown for years.

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    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BpdNvSgjUY

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  32. Not much interest in Monkeygate on here but I'm fascinated by what it shows about Roy and about modern media

    Its had the effect of rallying the troops behind Roy with illiterate tweets from the players and universal sporty even from the guilty culprit .. the man clearly doesn't have a racist cell in his body. Us against the world is always a productive mentality for footballers. SAF made a point of it.

    The joke itself needs too much explaining to be funny. The world and is intellectual horizons have shrunk rather than expanded with globalisation. We don't send astronauts to confront the unknown. We've killed off must of the monkeys. Footballers are so fucking thick tying their bootlaces seems like solving a rubiks cube.

    They must have say their thinking what the Fuck is he on about? So puzzled wetter they that apparently the talk was of little else in the players lounge after the game - a possible source of the leak, unless surge fesses up.

    Genius from Roy. He's finally got a team playing fearlessly for England. Townsend may not be the English Ronaldo but he's been rejected so many teams he's fearless.

    So when Roy told his joke the players went out and just played football in the second half....they forgot about the media, the unrealistic expectations, the meeja, they forgot their great because they wetter too busy thinking .... WHAT THE FUCK IS A SPACE MONKEY?

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  33. Note to self....check posts before self. dang proactive tests

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  34. Reply to self....not going to happen its it?

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  35. I think the whole thing is PC gone mad, it's not about a person resembling a different species, it's about, well, if you can't work that out then you shouldn't be allowed access to any kind of media.

    I've read about quite a few people taking offence at the label of "primate" that was aimed at Galen, sorry, Gareth Bale, quite how that translate to racism I'm not too sure either.

    Still, let's not let a non story go by without adding gasoline to what barely represents a smouldering ember, eh media? These vultures make the historical residents of Salem's Lot look like good folk who actually encouraged those who dabbled in a bit of witchcraft. As I stated above, it's like they want us to fail, I know there M.O is to build people up just to knock them down, but you'd think they'd give it a rest for the good of the National team, but no.

    During this round of qualifiers it was Smoking Jack that had these Knights of virtue up in arms, last time it was Kyle Walker on the Hippy Crack, a story that they actually knew about a few weeks before, but saved it for maximum impact during an international break, sad basterds.

    Ofcourse Roy is all that is wrong with England at the moment, not specificaly because of his record, tactics or any other footballing reason, no, just because he wasn't their anointed one. Most threw their weight behind Artful Arry, the Checky chappy, wheeler dealer diamond geezer that was always ready to throw the media hounds a juicy tit bit, mostly crap, total fabrication even, but that mattered not as everybody loved Arry.

    That The Daily Fail choose the last few weeks to promote Redknaap's new book (which should be filed under fiction) in which he takes the F.A to task tells you all you really need to know about their agenda. Here a snipit;

    'I wouldn't trust the FA to show me a good manager if their lives depended on it. How would they know? What clubs have they ever run? Who do they speak to who really knows the game?'

    Plus the fact that Hell hath no fury as an Arry scourned.

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  36. One for Bo;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTTiRHDeF2c

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    1. good stuff that, H. The one you posted of Wilshere has been taken down due to copyright claims by the FA but I think it was more likely because Smokin' Jack lit up as he circled back, striking his Swan Vestas on the goal post is against league rules.

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  37. it is indeed sad. They're not all cunts, just highly trained to behave like cunts when they work so they get paid for being cunts. Stirring the pot, suggesting lies that aren't there. Less journalism, more sensationalised suggestion passed off as what might, maybe, could be the opinion of some which affords a cloak of disguise to the original cunt. It's disgusting.

    But nevermind that, the unbeaten streak continues.......

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  38. Conveniently for us, we need do little but feed the media.

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  39. Here Trott;

    http://balls.ie/football/gif-jack-wilshere-finishes-one-best-team-moves-youre-likely-see/?utm_campaign=twitter&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitter

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    1. great angle that is. Pinball wizard. They didn't teach him that at Bolton!

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    2. Why?

      Was he outside having a ciggie during that lesson?

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  40. Andros Townsend finaly scores one in the PL from outside the box.......

    Don't think he meant it though.

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  41. A linesman gets hit in the back of the head by a flare. Not only does he stay in the match, he doesn't even lose his footing.

    A striker thinks someone might have exhaled nearby. He falls to the ground and writhes as if about to release an Alien.

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  42. Bloody hell..6th straight FFL H2H loss in a row..seems like nothing can arrest this slide. All those who have Ozil in their team beware, I've just added him to mine.

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    1. If it makes you feel any better, AH (and I'm not sure why it would), I've beaten you with only 9 players too. ;)

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    2. O.K.

      You've kicked him while he was down, time to nick his wallet.

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    3. I'm banking on the Jan transfer window really. Looks like I might be the first defending champion to be relegated in the history of the world.

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    4. AH, We're in the same boat. That's what I get for starting with Hazard, Luiz, and Mata. Last year, my debutant pick was Michu. This year, Altidore.

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  43. Manchester city first division champs 1936/7 were relegated 1937/38 ( despite scoring more goals than any other team in the division)

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    1. So AH, it looks like you lost out on that too.

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    2. you're in good company with ManU, they get relegated every 40 years and they're due this season...'34, 74........ '14. Relegation and World Cup Winning double for half their team.

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  44. I can offer this one for goal of the season.

    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/early-doors/amazing-fluke-appalling-goalkeeping-decide-113738525.html?vp=1

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    1. is this the same keeper?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhiYIW1dKDw

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  45. good read as ever.with so much pressure on them lads and men of the english team how can they play,for crying out loud.its like asking zuckerberg to spin millions within a month of launching facebook.let them play and the give the gaffer some breathing space..jog on.

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