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The only thing to take from that is it's no where near our best 11, hope the performance doesn't effect morale though, 2 chances for Rashford and Welbeck and very little else.

 

no 3rd sub used, probably wasn't bothered if we lost deep down.

 

Columbia will be tough, they probably don't have James, thought they play well in the 1st half against Japan with 10 men, but poor 2 half, they were very good vs Poland and I didn't think they were great v Senegal.

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Shite that

 

Just hope it's not knocked the best XI off their stride

 

I'd rather be playing japan than columbia next

 

If we don't the daggers will be out for southgate

 

The only reason to want to avoid brazil is if you don't think we can go all the way

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Eric 'one-Dier' mensional, Jones and Pickford weak links.

Rose, Maguire and Loftus Cheek did ok and Rashford was lively but poor finish on the big chance.

Belgium clearly have a better squad though and will be a contender to win it.

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Shite that

 

Just hope it's not knocked the best XI off their stride

 

I'd rather be playing japan than columbia next

 

If we don't the daggers will be out for southgate

 

The only reason to want to avoid brazil is if you don't think we can go all the way

I think this is a tougher route to the final than finishing top

 

As we are I think it would be... L16 Columbia, QF Sweden & SF Spain or Croatia

 

If we’d have come top I think we would have had... L16 Japan, QF Mexico and SF Uruguay or Belgium

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Good team selection,,,,,,,we've got the better draw, protected our more important players & given the squad players some match practice / fitness.

 

We've also found that,....Rose is better than Young & should keep his place.

Henderson is far better than Dier,

Sterling is a lot better than Rashford ( Rashford might be useful as a sub against tiring defenders, but i'd rather have Vardy as a starter if anything happened to Kane )

Jones is shite.

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No sense of jeopardy about tonight's match. Very underwhelmed with the result. It is what it is and Columbia awaits. Can see us beating that lot then going out in the next round. And that will put a whole new complection on this tournament.

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Good team selection,,,,,,,we've got the better draw, protected our more important players & given the squad players some match practice / fitness.

 

We've also found that,....Rose is better than Young & should keep his place.

Henderson is far better than Dier,

Sterling is a lot better than Rashford ( Rashford might be useful as a sub against tiring defenders, but i'd rather have Vardy as a starter if anything happened to Kane )

Jones is shite.

 

Pretty much my thoughts.

 

He had to rest players, would have been daft not to.

 

I get the momentum thing but that was a different team who now all have a bit of game time going into the KOs.

 

Had we needed to win to get this draw we'd have been buzzing - losing not ideal but we could/should have drawn it.

 

No games are easy but come on, every England fan should be buzzing :) 

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We got the better draw and I think ultimately that was important. Colombia are more tricky than Japan and I could see us losing. However, on paper we shouldn't.

 

A reality check to an extent though when Fellaini bosses your midfield. I know it was our second choice, but it was theirs too. And theirs was better than ours.

 

Rose and Trent played well, apart from that the rest were disappointing. Think Pickford should have saved the goal too. Did he go with his wrong hand?

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all this momentum bollocks, Spain lost their first game in 2010, then went on to win the whole thing

 

If we'd played our first team and beaten a 2nd string Belgium but Kane was injured in the process would we have momentum?

 

In a world cup I think each game is its own entity. It makes no odds, Colombia is a tough game and had their group been the other way round and we'd got there via a win it wouldn't change our likelihood of progressing past them one bit. 

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