Date: 8th July 2018 at 8:56am
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The parallels between this England side and the current Spurs one are a tad stark – even if you acknowledge we have 3 players in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI.

A no show from Harry Kane (apparently the instruction is to keep giving the ball to the Bungling Ballerina Raheem Sterling) and it all gets a bit fractious.

Dele Alli was his usual ineffectual flick merchant self.

Until he popped up with a killer goal – and allowed all the people that don’t understand football – to hail him as a stand-out player.

There are too many utterly infuriating players in this England squad for me to believe they can win the final.

Echoes of Spurs again who sailed through domestic competitions until they they met someone really good, and then proceeded to get schooled?

Who cares, you can only play the sides in front out you.

The next side before us is either Croatia or Russia.

The difference here is that Southgate does has the team set up right and is producing some entertaining football.

Even if England frequently fail to finish the dinner.

 
Comments
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    ‘as of Saturday morning, there were nine times more Tottenham players still involved in the tournament than neighbours Arsenal, who were themselves once seen as the ultimate English home for emerging international talent.’

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! COYS!

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2018/07/07/mauricio-pochettino-influential-coach-world-cup/?li_source=LI&li_medium=li-recommendation-widget

    • Harry Hotspur July 8, 2018 at 4:34 pm

      Levy must have no end of bumps and bruises after all that cartwheeling

      • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 4:48 pm

        Pochettino:”I owe all my success to Señor Daniel. ‘Ee guide me in different way. I am from Barcelona. I learn to speaking Eenglish from a book.”

  • Mad Carew July 8, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Ha Ha Hamilton spins out on first lap !

    • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      Tosser. I say put ’em all in the same make of car for one race every year, make it worth double points. And see just how good the likes of tax exile Hamilton is.

  • Mad Carew July 8, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for the memories Alan Gilzean RIP, a true Spurs Legend.

  • melcyid July 8, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Gilzean, gilzean gilzean gilzean. born is the king of white hart lane
    Rip Gilly
    A class footballer ,Berbatov mark ONE.
    GLAD HE CAME BACK TO THE FOLD BEFORE HE LEFT US.

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 8, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    RIP Alan Gilzean.

    • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      Indeed. First live goal I saw at WHL was scored by Gilly. RIP. Very sad. He came to Spur, turning down Busby’s Yanited because he preferred Billy Nic’s style of footie.

  • Lilywhite without the II July 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Enough time has passed and I’m starting to look forward to our first game…2 fresh faces are required to beef the team with quality, and cover for Son when he goes awol…how long does Poch give Foyth, one more season I guess so Toby will need a replacement so make that 4 players assuming MD goes as well….thats a lot of transfer business in 18 odd days to get 4 quality players in??

    • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      Yes, and we’ll hear how Levy nearly landed Mr X, Y, and Z, but just couldn’t get them over the line due to running out of time. As if he hasn’t sat on the fence for six weeks doing Nuffin’.

  • Matt July 8, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    He certainly wasn’t stand out. But he does make a habit of scoring in big games. It’s through making a lot of intelligent runs.

    • Ronan July 8, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      Too right, Matt. Saw this yesterday:

      Dele Alli’s big game goals in last two seasons:
      2016 v Manchester United
      2016 v Manchester City
      2017 v Chelsea (2)
      2017 v Manchester City
      2017 v Chelsea
      2017 v Arsenal
      2017 v Liverpool
      2017 v Real Madrid (2)
      2018 v Chelsea (2)
      2018 v Manchester United
      World Cup quarter-final v Sweden

      Play him in his proper position in the biggest games and he will decide those games.

  • Lilywhite without the II July 8, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Legoverlass
    Croatia will be the first decent side we have faced.Technically superior players to ours in midfield unless we sort out a better set up in our midfield they will dominate possession and will carve huge holes in our defensive formation.Playing Sterling up front based on his pace alone is causing an imbalance in our play. Kane is dropping deep and as such his striking abilities are being diluted . Yes he holds the ball well and gets us free kicks but is that better than scoring from open play ? I would play Kane up front with Ali,Rashford and Linguard behind. Both Rashford and Linguard have pace and can run behind the Croatian back lines and will pass to each other and to Kane. Sterling can come on as a sub in the second half where his pace will be more valuable against tired Croatian legs. If Ali does not cut it then hook him off in the second half and give Loftus Cheeks a run at the Croatian defence. He will pick up free kicks for us in dangerous positions.

    This is what I would try although I think he is nervous regarding Rashford’s in experience but based on the crap Sterling dished up it cant be any worse..

  • Lilywhite without the II July 8, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    More importantly, is Steven Hawkins Football Boots actually Still Nil Nil or am I getting confused?
    I like RF’s new blog but a lot of the posts are anti views on here so I don’t think my views would be welcome…however never say never but this blog is Spurs, hard to give up and I feel HH pain 😫

  • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    It had to happen. Spurs linked to Steven N’Zonzi. The Sun thinks MoPo is interested in replacing the ageing Dembele with a player 8 months his junior? Really?

    The truth is he’s likely to join the other oldies currently being gathered at the Emirates. Unai Emery is looking more and more like a continental ‘arry Redknapp.

  • Legoverlass July 8, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Croatia will be the first decent side we have faced.Technically superior players to ours in midfield unless we sort out a better set up in our midfield they will dominate possession and will carve huge holes in our defensive formation.Playing Sterling up front based on his pace alone is causing an imbalance in our play. Kane is dropping deep and as such his striking abilities are being diluted . Yes he holds the ball well and gets us free kicks but is that better than scoring from open play ? I would play Kane up front with Ali,Rashford and Linguard behind. Both Rashford and Linguard have pace and can run behind the Croatian back lines and will pass to each other and to Kane. Sterling can come on as a sub in the second half where his pace will be more valuable against tired Croatian legs. If Ali does not cut it then hook him off in the second half and give Loftus Cheeks a run at the Croatian defence. He will pick up free kicks for us in dangerous positions.

  • Thepin July 8, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    VAR is anti-doping for football cheats. The unforeseen benefit that has been evident throughout the World Cup, is that referees have been reserved in their decision making across the whole pitch. No longer having to make a snap decision one way or the other, and falling for the theatrics that’s occur all over the pitch within any given passage of play, they can, instead, let play continue safe in the knowledge that there are colleagues in the booth poring over every incident ready to flag up any transgression if a goal results. The same goes for offsides, play on and it will be relevant if there’s a goal. It was intended to add clarity to goal awards, penalty incidents, and red card flash points, but has had an overall effect on those countries players who have been brought up with cheating as part of their footballing DNA, and woven into the fabric of their game.

    It’s my belief that these nations, their players and officials will have to re-learn the game, and eventually play it like it has been always been played (in the main) by the home nations. For years we have railed against the creeping virus that is diving, and play acting, and it looked like it might be a losing battle, but VAR has come to the rescue. It was for me just a theory, until I seen that World class cheat Suarez actually hesitate before deciding not to dive in the game against France. It was also evident in the lack of play acting (relatively speaking) from Neymar in the Belgium Qaurter final.

    We just have to suffer the luddites for a little while longer, such as professional whinger Lawro, and get used to the games good guys having more success. It’s all good as far as I’m concerned.

    • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      Lawro is past his use by date since 2001.

    • Urbane Sturgeon July 8, 2018 at 11:15 pm

      +1

  • Steven Hawkins Football Boots July 8, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I’m of the belief that the vast majority of the teams at this years World Cup would NOT cut it in league one let alone the premier league.

    Half the England squad aren’t even regular members of their own club first team starting VI.

    In days of yore, Henderson, sterling, Lingard, young and Walker wouldn’t get a sniff of an England cap, but this lot are now in a World Cup semi final.

    What that tells me is that maybe football today isn’t as good as perhaps it used to be.

    There was real competition in goal, shilton and clemence with even Chris woods better than today’s lot.

    And we had a real quality footballing midfielder in Hoddle who couldn’t get a look in past the likes of Peter Reid, Bryan robson etc because he was a ‘luxury’ player.

    But this England team is no worse than the rest of the worlds teams other than Belgium and France and maybe a couple more.

    They’re playing to their (frail) strengths and are doing ok DESPITE
    nobody passing to one of the top 5 strikers in the world in their team.

    Can you imagine Argentina not passing to Messi? Or Portugal not utilising Ronaldo? Or Uruguay not passing to aguero?

    Yet Kane has scored six goals without anybody assisting the poor sod.

    Obviously I hope England win the World Cup but the press will only bang on about Henderson overcoming his demons of missing a penalty which nearly knocked England out (this is hardly a celebration as getting over something that HASNT knocked you out like Pearce and Southgate had to endure is hardly a big deal especially when others rescue you) and then playing like a demon v Sweden. No he didn’t, he was still distinctly very average.
    Vardy bottled a penalty with his ‘injury’ and so it was up to a spurs player to deal with it and fair play to Dier for doing so.
    But if he’d had missed, he’d have been crucified for primarily being a spurs player and not the cajona free vardy.

    If England win they’ll be lauded as brilliant and all conquering.

    If they don’t, they’d have failed because of the spurs players in the squad and not because no selfish self ingratiating c*nt from the northern end of England passed to the best striker in the world currently.

    • dilly July 8, 2018 at 11:55 am

      Oh come come Nilly there are no losers nor blame, Whilst Sterling is an easy target from hereon in it’s a bonus as the England Manger / team have already exceeded expectations!

      • Steven Hawkins Football Boots July 8, 2018 at 12:10 pm

        Stop thinking that your opinion is fact.

        I have an opinion and have stated it.

        You go around like you know everything there is to know and put down others with your patronising outlook.

        You need to have a look at yourself dilly.

        • dilly July 8, 2018 at 12:44 pm

          Whilst you are anti Sterling others share your view. I happen to disagree.

          • dilly July 8, 2018 at 12:45 pm

            I do not take a patronising perspective. If it comes across that way then I apologise.

      • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 12:15 pm

        I had no expectations of Sterling.

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 8, 2018 at 12:43 pm

      Right on. Its not just that I’m a cunt then. 70% Sunday league this WC. It actually makes me a little sick inside this England side will be hailed as going further or as far as the likes of Pearce, Butcher, Hoddle, Lineker, Scholes, Beckham, Owen, Gascoigne, Rooney etc etc. The sides they had to play against…no comparison. Eric Dier talked about the ‘too cool for school attitude’ pre tournament, now this lot find themselves in a semi final, previous players who you see it meant everything too, Gazza can’t talk about playing for England without tearing up….this bunch of spoilt millionaires ain’t in the same stratosphere. Beat what’s in front of you, fine. But they are not hero’s. They are not in a pantheon. No way.

      • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 12:47 pm

        Didn’t you read my remarks earlier?

        England are progressing because they are playing less badly than their opponents. Very few teams have played like coherent teams, their players are acting as individuals, and even then not up to expected standards.

        However, let’s ride our luck and win the bloody thing. Then at least the pundits can’t say Harry, Dele, Tripp, Dier and Rose haven’t won silverware!

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 8, 2018 at 12:55 pm

          Just read em now, yes, itl be good for the Spurs lads mentality.

          • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 8, 2018 at 1:05 pm

            And agree, a lot of the bigger sides have been oddly disjointed. The also rans have ranged from poor to comical.

  • dilly July 8, 2018 at 11:49 am

    I always enjoy listening to Klinsmann. A multi linguist class act!

    • Steven Hawkins Football Boots July 8, 2018 at 11:55 am

      I want an apology DD for your comment below lying about my posting on both blogs.

      You’re out of order.

      • dilly July 8, 2018 at 11:57 am

        No discourtesy intended, Apologies but no need to get grouchy!

        • dilly July 8, 2018 at 12:00 pm

          Whatever no offence has been committed!

          • Steven Hawkins Football Boots July 8, 2018 at 12:08 pm

            Dilly, you’ve offended me hugely and put out a lie on here about me so don’t patronise me with your BS.

            There are keyboard warriors in the world who because of their own issues take great joy by latching onto such ‘trivial’ occurrences and you think it’s ok?

            Well it’s not.

            So apologise.

            You’re out of order.

            • dilly July 8, 2018 at 12:46 pm

              No grudges.I apologise.

        • Harry Hotspur July 8, 2018 at 2:39 pm

          Dilly wind your neck in, there’s a love.

          I know a number of the bullies above gone but no need for you to take their place.

    • 89Spurs 👁 July 8, 2018 at 11:55 am

      In reply to your concern about Ronwol.
      He still does a Superbru, prediction for the World Cup, but it’s via email.
      Called, Ronglish World Corrupt.
      That’s all that I can tell you.

      • Gus July 8, 2018 at 12:00 pm

        Cool. Maybe he’ll be back next season

        • 89Spurs 👁 July 8, 2018 at 12:09 pm

          Hope so

  • Limerick AL July 8, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Ray Houghton, Actually said that Sterling was ‘Immense’ yesterday. You could not make it up. I said before the game that Southgate did not have the Balls to drop Sterling who is a Waste of Skin. Fact.

    • dilly July 8, 2018 at 11:23 am

      -1

    • Gus July 8, 2018 at 11:27 am

      It’s too late to drop him now. I could tolerate some of his negatives if he’d look to set up Harry a few times a game. Is that too much to ask?

      • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 11:38 am

        Apparently so.

        • Gus July 8, 2018 at 11:39 am

          If he can do that for the SF I’ll readily give him a hand

          • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 11:40 am

            At the moment he doesn’t seem interested in assists, just the glory of scoring.

  • Mark My Words July 8, 2018 at 10:50 am

    What’s happened to the US guys commenting on here? Really enjoyed their take on Spurs and life.

    • dilly July 8, 2018 at 10:51 am

      Have they taken a sebbatical or joined that rival blog?

      • dilly July 8, 2018 at 10:52 am

        Yes miss Ron and Horny et al.

        • Harry Hotspur July 8, 2018 at 2:42 pm

          You are welcome to leave anytime DD.

      • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 10:53 am

        I had a look. It’s like a Daniel Levy hareem.

        • Gus July 8, 2018 at 10:57 am

          Where? Are some of the old boys there?

          • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 11:01 am

            They’ve amusingly set up a site called flatoeuf.com

          • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 11:03 am

            Moderated, Gus.

            • Gus July 8, 2018 at 11:05 am

              I always thought Ron liked it here. Hope he’s all good

              • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 11:12 am

                I was surprised by their defection. This is how religious wars begin!

                • Gus July 8, 2018 at 11:28 am

                  It is what it is. I’m happy here

                • dilly July 8, 2018 at 11:28 am

                  Myself and Poxy remain loyal!

                • dilly July 8, 2018 at 11:46 am

                  Have they defected? Nilly is on both!

                  No he isn’t.

                  Given the relentlessly sneery tone of these arseholes I would suggest readers decided which side of a closed door they wish to reside.

                  • Steven Hawkins Football Boots July 8, 2018 at 11:53 am

                    Nilly is NOT on both so an apology will be welcome

        • dilly July 8, 2018 at 10:58 am

          Hareem!!/ Hang on watching the match at the bar yesterday I was spontaneously kissed by 2 attractive lasses at my local den of iniquity as Poxy will concur. For good measure I shall be wearing my waist coat on Wednesday!

          • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 11:00 am

            I had you and Poxy down as running amok through the streets of Solihull stripped to the waist.

            • dilly July 8, 2018 at 11:00 am

              Jeez we are too posh for that!!!

              • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 11:04 am

                What about Joyce? 🤣

                • dilly July 8, 2018 at 11:22 am

                  Ah Joyce running amok stripped to the waist. Rest assured I shall pose the question this eve!!

                  • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 11:43 am

                    It made Erica Roe famous!

                    • dilly July 8, 2018 at 11:44 am

                      True and vividly recall she had big boobs!!

                    • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 11:44 am

                      I’d never seen such happy policemen assist her from the pitch.

    • Harry Hotspur July 8, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      They have been binned.

      I wasn’t just talking about a purge, I delivered one.

      I’ll bin you too, as you’re obviously at loose end now.

  • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Give him a break? Dilly, four games, no end product at all. And his outrageous failure to pass the ball to Kane who was teeing up to blast it, was the last chance saloon.

    • Gus July 8, 2018 at 10:48 am

      Totally. If he can’t score that’s not the end of the world. Wasting valuable chances from greed is hard to watch

    • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 10:48 am

      You could almost see the little shit thinking about passing, then “no, I want to score it myself. I want the headlines.”

      • Gus July 8, 2018 at 10:50 am

        He looked straight at him. Then he wheeled away from teeing him up and took a contested shot from a bad angle

        • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 10:51 am

          And we all knew he’d fail to score.

    • dilly July 8, 2018 at 10:50 am

      Simple question who else plays Sterling’s pacy role? Answer none. Loftus Cheek. Drop Sterling. Play 4 -4 -2 replacing Sterling with Vardy or Rashford or other. It wont happen and good on Southgate for sticking to his guns.

      • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 10:52 am

        Rose.

        • dilly July 8, 2018 at 10:54 am

          Rose for Young not Sterling. I tell you it wont happen and if we get there should he scored the winning WC goal lets see the response!

          • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 10:55 am

            His pace can get us up the park which is all Sterling achieves.

            • melcyid July 8, 2018 at 11:26 am

              wondering why steve ovett never played for england

      • Gus July 8, 2018 at 10:52 am

        Why can’t Southgate tell him to pass the fucking ball?

        • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 10:57 am

          Dont rock the boat.

          It’s all love and kisses whilst it goes well. Has Gareth got the stomach to lay down the law?

          • Gus July 8, 2018 at 10:58 am

            England will have to win in spite of him, too late to turn back now

  • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 10:34 am

    England’s win is great news for Daniel Levy. If the boys came home today attention would fix on his failure to act. Now he has a fighting chance to see out the whole window without opening his wallet.

  • Andrew July 8, 2018 at 10:23 am

    The England team seems to be set up to allow sterling a goal. The best striker around (Kane) is dropping into midfield to try and create chances for sterling, who is fucking shit. He has pace, nothing else. He is Not a clever player, and is greedy to an extent that it may eventually cost England.
    Dele should be playing in sterling’s place, he is clever and can create chances ( first thirty minutes) against Tunisia until he got injured and can score goals.
    England need to create chances for Kane, that is the best way to progress, and putting all our eggs in sterling’s basket is going to backfire.
    What a chance to win the wc, this infatuation with sterling is going to far, he will not set up a chance for a team mate as he is too greedy and not a good finisher.

    • Gus July 8, 2018 at 10:30 am

      Harry should be up front, Dele in the hole, just like Spurs

    • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 10:31 am

      It’s arse about face. Sterling should be teeing up a great striker called Harry Kane.

      • Gus July 8, 2018 at 10:33 am

        I’d love to be a fly on the wall during training. Do the coaches tell him not to be a greedy fuck or does he just not listen? My son’s 7 year olds football team pass better than little raheem

    • dilly July 8, 2018 at 10:31 am

      Andrew very harsh on the much maligned Sterling who is currently the “boo boy”. Ok he is not scoring but he always puts in a shift and IMO deserves to retain his place in the team.

      • Gus July 8, 2018 at 10:34 am

        So you’re happy with Sterling’s shoot first pass nada attitude?

        • dilly July 8, 2018 at 10:40 am

          Gus please give Sterling a break. There are no egos. Who else commits defenders like Sterling? Having scored 20 goals for Citeh deep down it will hurt him that he is not dispatching presentable chances but given that Southgate has faith in the lad it’s pointless destroying his confidence. Win lose whatever the whole squad are heroes in it together.

          • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 10:42 am

            None of his runs have hurt the opposition in any game. He flatters to deceive.

          • Gus July 8, 2018 at 10:43 am

            He had two chances to pass to Kane but took it on himself. I can’t explain what the hell he thinks he’s doing. Commits defenders? Kane commits defenders. Watch Maguire’s goal, Kane committed 4 defenders and that facilitated the goal chance

            • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 10:47 am

              Correct.

      • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 10:41 am

        Puts in a shift. To what purpose? Gets in a position to hurt the opposition. But doesn’t.

        • Gus July 8, 2018 at 10:45 am

          He’s a pro footballer. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect him to pass the ball sometimes rather than try to do it all himself

    • Ronan July 8, 2018 at 10:37 am

      Spot on, Andrew. Great win, but Sterling’s lack of a football brain could have cost England this semi-final place. Dele and Harry are playing far too deep in order to accommodate this headless chicken.

  • Accy July 8, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Thank God we’re through to the semis. Means there’s some football to focus on to distract from the lack of transfer activity.

    • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 10:29 am

      Appears to be Grealish and even he will be a last minute buy. Or another Berahino or Barkley slip through the cracks situation.

  • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Here’s a thing to cogitate.

    Is there a single player in the England team from the Midlands? Can’t think of one.

    Is this why the Midland teams are so gash? When Grealish is the best they’ve got to offer? They are turning into another Scottish style wasteland.

  • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Happy birthday Seattle!

  • gus July 8, 2018 at 9:27 am

    3 or 4th, minimum 😉 House money baby!!!

    • gus July 8, 2018 at 9:28 am

      This is a once in a generation opportunity, Gazza and the Italia ’90 team never had it this good, best push on to the final where anything can happen

      • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 9:41 am

        Chrissie Waddle too. Had some very good players back then. But the quality of the opposition seemed better. This WC the teams have been much less than the sum of their parts. Last night Croatia struggled to put away a workmanlike Russia.

        If England have a chance it’s not because we are playing well, it’s because they are playing badly.

        Still, it’s served Arsenal well in three FA cup finals…

        • Gus July 8, 2018 at 9:52 am

          Watching the highlights right now. Sterling’s 1 on all run that finished with him putting Harry’s shot off and the failure to tee up Kane after springing the offside trap look no better after another viewing. Lingaard’s cross to Dele was a peach. There isn’t enough time to change him, I’d wish Southgate would tell sterling “pretty please with sugar on top, pass Harry the fakin ball”

          • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 10:21 am

            As far as I’m concerned, that little shit would rather England struggle than pass to Kane. I don’t know why: that was the prime example of his behaviour this tournament.

            Even my wife knows that Harry Kane has a great shot on him with either foot. Sterling’s failure to pass to him in that position is indefensible

    • Gloster1861 July 8, 2018 at 9:46 am

      Yeah, that third place play off malarkey means the lads won’t be back at Spurs training until the end of July as Poch allows them 3 weeks vacation. I suppose they don’t need too much preseason as they haven’t really stopped throughout the summer.

      Probably miss the opener with the Geordies so we’ll defo be playing those three marquée signings…

      😂😂😂