Date: 11th July 2018 at 2:17pm
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Anyone with the vaguest working knowledge of my routinely hateful bile rational thought will know that Kane being a Spurs player doesn’t count for much in tonight’s game.

I’d like England to play their best, be better than Croatia and win.

Therefore, the ball must to be given to Harry.

Ideally, as frequently as possible.

Lots.

Kane and his frankly psychopathic finishing will make the difference against any side, where the likes of Sterling and Lingard probably won’t.

As Spurs fans, we’ve watched hour upon hour of Tottenham labour in the Europa, to then see Kane come on and deliver a killer blow or two or three.

It sounds like a daft point to dwell upon, but nobody else in the England squad can match Kane for goals.

So I’m confused as to why Kane isn’t the focus point.

Despite all the hot air generated about Sterling, in the final analysis he’s been routinely shocking.

Croatia had an absolutely fantastic group stage winning all 3 of their games including an astonishing win vs Argentina and eye catching performances from the duo of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

The continuous control of the Croatian midfield has proven utterly vital for them to progress through the tournament.

Despite the praise they’ve received they have definitely crumbled somewhat since getting into the knockout stages; facing Denmark and Russia where they proceeded via penalty shootouts.

Prediction? 

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

  • Tappaspur July 11, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Danny rose being saved for the final.

  • 89Spurs 👁 July 11, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Can anyone verify that the VAR, is not being used in the semi or the the final.

  • OrganicPaper July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    The ref s a Turk. Cüneyt Çakir.
    Loves a yellow card. I think we have previous with him in the past but cant remember what he did!

    • Steven Hawkins Football Boots July 11, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      He’s sent off gerrard and a couple of others around 2012

  • Tappaspur July 11, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Hope Henderson dont go following modric everywhere!(he’s gonna try pull us about) if he’s in your zone you deal with him. We must play our own game.

    • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 6:27 pm

      How did Spurs snuff Modric out in the two CL games?

      • Tappaspur July 11, 2018 at 6:29 pm

        We didn’t let him dictate and bother our game

      • Accy July 11, 2018 at 6:29 pm

        First leg it was Winks and Dier

        Second leg it was Winks and Dier with Dembele on in the 66th min

    • OrganicPaper July 11, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      We will end up dropping our wing backs deeper and playing a 5 at the back alot.
      I hope we play direct to Kane, lest sterling feed off him and harry pick up the ball when he fucks things up

  • OrganicPaper July 11, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    VAR has been very quiet of late.
    Hope they are not saving all the controversy for Englamd

    • Accy July 11, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      That’s what all the poisoning is about in Salisbury – we’re threatening to blame it on them and have the rest of the world side with us if there’s any funny business in the VAR box. We’ll win this world cup, both on and off the pitch.

      • OrganicPaper July 11, 2018 at 6:28 pm

        😂 100% plausible scenario

    • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      They didn’t use it yesterday when Hazard was chopped down on the edge of the area.

      • OrganicPaper July 11, 2018 at 6:29 pm

        Nor for a brazil pen decision. Prob not a pen but Certainly one you’d imagine VAR would want to get the ref to look at

  • Steven Hawkins Football Boots July 11, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    If spurs were going to get rid of Toby (I sincerely hope they don’t, he’s pure quality) and to manure, then couldn’t they get rashford as
    part-ex?

    Or keep Toby and give manure
    60 mil

    • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      I read a ManUre blog and they’re crying out for Maureen to buy him. ‘He’s just what we need, a defensive leader who commands he area.’

  • OrganicPaper July 11, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    HP Tottenham advert….
    Naming rights?

  • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    So is Hewlett Packard the stadium sponsor? Just seen an HP advert on ITV promoting the New Destination.

    • OrganicPaper July 11, 2018 at 6:20 pm

      my thoughts…exactly!

      • Steven Hawkins Football Boots July 11, 2018 at 6:22 pm

        It should be armitage shanks going by the shape of it

  • Accy July 11, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    I think this’ll be either 0-0 or 1-1.

  • paul July 11, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Beeb or ITVeeeeeeAHHHH?

    State your intentions..

  • Harry Hotspur July 11, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Now available under FAQ’s in the blog nav bar is a direct link to https://flatoeuf.com

    The heading is BOTHER THESE CUNTS INSTEAD.

    Oh, and when one door opens – t’other one closes.

    Genius.

    Wish I’d thought of it sooner.

    • Accy July 11, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      It’s all a bit Animal Farm on there!

      • paul July 11, 2018 at 6:12 pm

        four legs (levy) good?

    • paul July 11, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      For those who have obviously missed the shenanigans does this post come with instructions? A glossary? Oh ok i’ll settle for a gossamer

      • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 6:22 pm

        Gossamer? That’s a kind of durex rubber Johnny right? Do you need protection for the site?

  • 89Spurs 👁 July 11, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Good news, but not for some. Sterling is playing!
    Hat trick for Harry, we hope .

    • Willie! July 11, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      FFS, what a joke. I’d drop him for Rashford, who has plenty of pace, doesn’t routinely get dispossed in the opponent’s box, is willing to pass, and can actually finish. Sterling is about as useful as tits on a boar.

      • 89Spurs 👁 July 11, 2018 at 5:55 pm

        But your not the Manager!!!

        • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 5:58 pm

          Everything Southgate does is marvellous, while he’s winning.

          I’d suggest if he can win the World Cup he should retire immediately. It won’t get any better than that.

          Legend.

          • Accy July 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm

            I agree.

            The Germany manager couldn’t repeat the feat.

            If Southgate brings the trophy home and retires, he’ll be canonised.

            Funny how his penalty miss in 1996 was the butterfly wing-flap that set him on this course.

            • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 6:12 pm

              Yep. Gareth doesn’t want to end up sniffing any part of his anatomy.

              • Accy July 11, 2018 at 6:19 pm

                Yes but how do know if you’ve wiped properly?

                The arm/hand and nose is perfectly designed to find out.

  • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    TopOfThePochs
    My understanding is that is what Sissoko was bought in for, to run at teams to pull them apart.

    Another communication difficulty between Poch and Daniel. Danny boy misheard him and thought he said “someone who will make them fall about”.

  • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Ha ha ha ha! Federer out of Wimbledon.

    Leading by two sets and on match point, but Federer lost it.

    Smug Swiss hadn’t lost a set but he’s lost 3 today. Away with you, you smug Swiss fecker and your poncey blazers.

    • 89Spurs 👁 July 11, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      Watched the first two sets, then switched to the Tour de France, thought that Federer would get through.
      Sue Barker will be upset 😡

      • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 5:53 pm

        Federer isn’t being coached by Tim Henman is he?

    • dilly July 11, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      Very harsh Glos as IMO he a superb tennis player on and off the Court being an excellent ambassador for game.

      • Mad Carew July 11, 2018 at 5:35 pm

        Nike must be laughing their balls off

      • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 5:36 pm

        Don’t want to see his face again TBH. Now his supporters are moaning he lost cos he was playing on Court One.

        • Mad Carew July 11, 2018 at 5:44 pm

          Has the RF logo reverted back to Nike or has Real Fan claimed it ?

          • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 5:48 pm

            Doesn’t R F go by the name Flat Oeuf now (FO – perhaps apt)?

            • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 5:49 pm

              Flat oaf?

              • Harry Hotspur July 11, 2018 at 5:57 pm

                Inspired.

                You’ve given me a brilliant idea.

        • Harry Hotspur July 11, 2018 at 5:48 pm

          ffs.

  • Harry Hotspur July 11, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Grealish = Dignitas – Dignity

    • dilly July 11, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      Being Villas best player he has potential!

      • dilly July 11, 2018 at 5:31 pm

        IMO he would be a welcome acquisition!

        • Accy July 11, 2018 at 5:33 pm

          Maddison was the player from the Championship to go for.

          Has gone to Leicester for £24m.

          We went after Grealish because we knew Villa had financial difficulties we could exploit. That appears to be the only reason.

          #TossLevyPot

      • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 5:33 pm

        Villa’s best player. That’s like talking about the highest mountain in Holland.

        • Harry Hotspur July 11, 2018 at 5:35 pm

          Hahahahahhaha

  • Harry Hotspur July 11, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Accy

    This Harry Kane lookalike is hilarious.

    Scroll down to the video clip of him appearing on Lorraine.

    http://www.sportbible.com/community/film-and-tv-harry-kane-lookalike-slated-for-looking-nothing-like-the-real-thing-20180711

    Needs to get his tongue botox’d.

  • Mad Carew July 11, 2018 at 5:19 pm
    • Accy July 11, 2018 at 5:23 pm

      An old friend who is a doctor, once tended to a man who had a tub of hair gel shoved up his arse. They tried to get it out with forceps, but the lid came off and got stuck and ripped the side of his rectum. Much blood ensued and surgery was needed.

      The irony is, he was bald.

      • Harry Hotspur July 11, 2018 at 5:23 pm

        Hair today. Gone up your bottom tomorrow…

      • Mad Carew July 11, 2018 at 5:24 pm

        Rectum, nearly feckin killed him !

        • Harry Hotspur July 11, 2018 at 5:26 pm

          Spoken like a true Irishman.

  • Harry Hotspur July 11, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    One for the snowflakes

  • Accy July 11, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    This Harry Kane lookalike is hilarious.

    Scroll down to the video clip of him appearing on Lorraine.

    http://www.sportbible.com/community/film-and-tv-harry-kane-lookalike-slated-for-looking-nothing-like-the-real-thing-20180711

  • TopOfThePochs July 11, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    If one man is going to drag us kicking and screaming into this World Cup final it’s Kane.

    I’ve not seen such a committed, strong, confident, success minded, non flinching player in a long time.

    HE is FULL of determination and self belief, he just doesn’t know the meaning of the word defeated. He’l fight and believe until the last.

    He’ll be fired up for the. This is what he has dreamed of.

    Come on Harry, you know what to do.

  • Accy July 11, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Trix on SC

    Grealish

    From what I hear there are just a couple of minor details that need to be sorted. Not done but I wouldn’t expect this to go wrong from where we are. The complications are on Villa’s end re how it ties in with their financial outlay.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it was done in the next 5 minutes equally if it took weeks. I’m confident it will happen either way.

    Whooopdefuckingdo.

    • TopOfThePochs July 11, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      Im happy for him to come in an take Sissokos place as back up but not the proven quality that we now desperately require

      • Accy July 11, 2018 at 5:11 pm

        I understand he’s being bought to play attacking midfield, rather than CM

        • TopOfThePochs July 11, 2018 at 5:15 pm

          My understanding is that is what Sissoko was bought in for, to run at teams to pull them apart.

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 11, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      Penny pinching shithead if we get Grealish.

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 11, 2018 at 5:15 pm

        We’re a Champions League club with an elite 60’000 plus stadium apparently. Shopping in the championship. Kovacic and Quintero please Chairman you dullard.

      • dilly July 11, 2018 at 5:19 pm

        Why as it is about time both Alli and Eriksen had some healthy competition!!

        • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 6:14 pm

          Yes. It is. Proven competition.

    • dilly July 11, 2018 at 5:16 pm

      Clearly “transfer optimism” is a dangerous venture as Uncle Taff will concur over Berahino and Barkley!! Ex poster Darren Lake re Schneiderlin!!

    • Harry Hotspur July 11, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      ffs

  • Accy July 11, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Bit sick of Three Lions song now.

    If it doesn’t come home, the nation’s going to experience a collective depression – similar to the depression experienced by Spurs fans who have their expectations built up in the transfer window every year, only to have their dreams dashed upon the rocks like that giant worm from the film, Tremors.

  • TopOfThePochs July 11, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    ———————————Pickford——————————

    ——————-Walker—–Stones—–McGuire—————

    Trippier———————————————————Rose
    ———————-Dier (Rat boys minder)———————-

    ——————————-Henderson—————————–

    ————————-Dele———–Sterling———————

    ———————————-Kane———————————

  • Steven Hawkins Football Boots July 11, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    I’d like rashford to start over sterling (the cap thief) and vardy (the bottle job) over Lingard tonight

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 11, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      I feel for Rashford. He’s been treated like dirt. He was crap v Belgium but if I’d been ignored for a player who has been abject even after taking my chance in the friendly by getting MOTM and scoring a 25 yard belter, then blanked till being picked in a match England wanted to lose, I’d be crap too I expect. In fact I’d jump on the 1st plane home. Didn’t he score in the shootout too? Joke.

      • TopOfThePochs July 11, 2018 at 5:12 pm

        Id have liked to have seen him and Lingered taking their club partnership into the team. Still don’t think those supporting players behind Kane are f the right ilk.

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 11, 2018 at 5:18 pm

          Kane and Rashford could av made a great 2 up top.

          • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 5:51 pm

            Yes. Looks like another slap in the face for the kid. He gets that enough at Old Trafford, playing second fiddle to the Emile Heskey tribute act.

            • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 11, 2018 at 5:54 pm

              He must wonder what he’s done wrong.

  • Steven Hawkins Football Boots July 11, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    No

  • Andrew July 11, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    I find it hard to understand why it seems that England’s set up is sacrificing Harry Kane for raheem sterling.
    Kane does look tired, so dropping back into midfield so he can supply s sterling to miss the goal could come back and haunt us.
    Sterling’s runs are good but he is not a smart player, he is just very fast.
    The lack of creativity will cause us problems, when has Kane had a chance created by any midfielder in the wc.
    I hope Dele has a great game and all spurs player’s but as long as England qualify ,that’s all that matters. I hope Kane gets a hatrick against toss pot lovren.

  • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    dilly
    Unlike Jonjo Shelvey!

    News flash: Jonjo Shelvey still isn’t in the England squad.

    Henderson will need support in DM tonight. It’s either Dier or Delph, I’d pick Dier to man mark Modric. Drop Lingard to the bench. Alli Dier Trippier and Kane play together, can’t beat that knowledge.

    • TopOfThePochs July 11, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      Spot on!

      • Steven Hawkins Football Boots July 11, 2018 at 4:46 pm

        Aaaaarrrggghhh

        If Uncle fester Shelvey gets mentioned by dilly one more time I will honestly self combust.

        And if dilly defends sterling one more time I’ll do it again just to make sure.

        • Harry Hotspur July 11, 2018 at 5:01 pm

          Throw two sets of kevlar kit in the boot, pick me we up and we’ll take him to a quiet abbey somewhere 😆

          • Steven Hawkins Football Boots July 11, 2018 at 5:05 pm

            Look out the window, I’m outside and the engines running.

    • dilly July 11, 2018 at 5:20 pm

      Keep the same team me thinks!

  • TopOfThePochs July 11, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    I really have no idea how this England squad is in the semi-finals. The dearth of proven talent is shocking – the 13/14 odd players that have been involved in the matches have truly excelled.

    The reserve players offer little hope, our bench is uninspiring at best.

    Lets hope they can continue their form for two more matches. It’d be another Leicester winning the League moment.

    • Accy July 11, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      Portugal won the Euros and they were shit all the way through.

      • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 4:38 pm

        GK 1 Ricardo
        RB 13 Miguel Substituted off 43′
        CB 4 Jorge Andrade
        CB 16 Ricardo Carvalho
        LB 14 Nuno Valente YC 90+3′
        CM 18 Maniche
        CM 6 Costinha YC 12′ Substituted off 60′
        RW 17 Cristiano Ronaldo
        AM 20 Deco
        LW 7 Luís Figo (c)
        CF 9 Pauleta Substituted off 74′
        Substitutions:
        DF 2 Paulo Ferreira Substituted in 43′
        MF 10 Rui Costa Substituted in 60′
        FW 21 Nuno Gomes Substituted in 74′
        Manager:
        Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari
        POR-GRE 2004-07-04.svg
        GK 1 Antonios Nikopolidis
        RB 2 Giourkas Seitaridis YC 63′
        CB 19 Michalis Kapsis
        CB 5 Traianos Dellas
        LB 14 Takis Fyssas YC 67′
        DM 21 Kostas Katsouranis
        CM 7 Theodoros Zagorakis (c)
        CM 6 Angelos Basinas YC 45+2′
        RW 9 Angelos Charisteas
        LW 8 Stelios Giannakopoulos Substituted off 76′
        CF 15 Zisis Vryzas Substituted off 81′
        Substitutions:
        DF 3 Stylianos Venetidis Substituted in 76′
        FW 22 Dimitris Papadopoulos YC 85′ Substituted in 81′
        Manager:
        Germany Otto Rehhagel

        Greece won 1-0 to become 2004 Euro champions. Ridiculous result.

      • TopOfThePochs July 11, 2018 at 4:42 pm

        Im not saying we can’t win I’m just saying its astonishing considering we have players like Welbeck, Delph, Vardy, Jones as our sub options.
        The team has really excelled.

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 11, 2018 at 6:51 pm

          England av played nobody that’s why their here.
          Even Colombia commited footballing suicide to get em to pens.

  • Al July 11, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    How depressing. Buying an unproven in the league 28 year old who peaked three years ago or a fat relegated 1 in 6 games player, should not be our ambition.

    We are where we are. We have quality. Why add shite that’s below what we have? Fucks sake let’s go out and buy two or three 50 million plus players and get on with.

    COME ON ENGLAND!

    • TopOfThePochs July 11, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      Well said!

      These are players teams that have an outside hope of reaching the Europa take a punt on.
      We need proven quality now which is exactly what Poch spoke of before he signed his contract.

      Lets hope the quiet is because we have our ducks lined up for a change instead of the usual headless chickens in the last week of the window.

      • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 4:32 pm

        Kovacic and Pulisic. Accept no imitations.

        They would cost 130 million. We are selling Toby, Dembele which raises half that, sell Llorente Janssen too and that would net 90 million.

        • TopOfThePochs July 11, 2018 at 4:44 pm

          Shift out Sissoko for the wages too.
          Those are the kinds of signings we need.
          I’d try to get Modric back in on a 3 year contract.

          • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 5:12 pm

            I didn’t include him as who wants Sissoko? Honestly?

            • TopOfThePochs July 11, 2018 at 5:13 pm

              I was hoping someone in China but looks like that ship is sailing. The Turkey rumours are our best hope.

  • Ali's-Baba July 11, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    dilly
    Shaqiri in Liverpool talks.

    I like little Shakira….
    Whenever, wherever
    We’re meant to be together
    I’ll be there and you’ll be near
    And that’s the deal my dear Levy

  • Yippers July 11, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    THought we should have bought yarmolenko. He will be a massive player for West Ham

    No risk buying shaquiri for 12 mill either. I’d sooner bring him on as a sub than sissy, winks, lamela and whatever other wasters we have

    • dilly July 11, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      Shaqiri in Liverpool talks.

    • TopOfThePochs July 11, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      A few years ago he looked promising, think he found his level though. At 28 now he’s not reached his promise so a tea like West Ham is the right move for him, he’ll do a decent job in mid table.

  • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    I know what the problem is! I’ve sussed it.

    This is what Southgate said to Sterling: “Rahim, you’ve got the pace to trouble them, so I want you to go and express yourself out there.”

    But this is what Sterling heard: “Rahim, you’re wonderful so I want you to go out and prove that you’re a superstar.”

  • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Sid Trotter
    I’m actually cheering for Croatia tonight. Because I’m in Switzerland. I don’t want our players too play another game in this heat. We need to rest them – EPL starts in a few weeks. C’mon Rat boy!

    Sadly, there IS another match win or lose. Third place playoff on Saturday. Would Southgate do the right thing and play Vardy, Welbeck and the other chaff in that non-event game?

  • Ali's-Baba July 11, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Who score first wins. If they score first we’ll not get the ball off Rat Boy and Racket-snitch, if we score first I think we’ll “hit ’em on the break” and score more…..
    If it goes to ET/Pens I think we’ll have the physical/psycho edge too.

  • Tappaspur July 11, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    And if they don’t pass to kane he will do nothing (he’s too nice) no room for nice on the battlefield. Harry grow a pair and give it to em

    • Tappaspur July 11, 2018 at 3:33 pm

      Maybe they don’t respect him as much as they should coz he’s won nish

    • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 3:44 pm

      Someone has got to man mark Modric first half. He mustn’t influence the game.

  • dancingbarber July 11, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    TopOfThePochs agree with your line up ‘cept maybe Lingard for Sterling. And unusually also agree with Harry H. It was noticeable against Sweden that while Harry passed it to Sterling he never got a return ball when on several occasions Harry was well placed to score.
    Both Dele and Harry are playing to instructions. Defensive and hold up stuff. But this is a WC semi final they should be able to do what they do best, find a way or pass in and score. They need to leading not propping up Sterling.

    • TopOfThePochs July 11, 2018 at 3:43 pm

      Ive not been overly impressed with either Sterling or Lingard. That attacking threat is the one area we seem short on – which is why this team so resembles Spurs. Lacking that bright spark to light the touch paper.

      Dele needs a major ego boost from Southgate and told to make it his semi final. We all know what he possesses.

      Ever since he got slated for his temperement his magic has faded. The boy needs that fire back in him.

      • Gloster1861 July 11, 2018 at 3:47 pm

        Could be.

  • Steven Hawkins Football Boots July 11, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    No.

  • TopOfThePochs July 11, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    You want the best of Kane then you need Dele firing on all cylinders. The boys not been at his best as he’s admitted himself.
    But to get the best out of him he needs to be pushed up as Kanes main support.I’d thrust Dele right in behind Kane to go for the jugular. If anyone can supply our main hope then its his Spurs teammate Dele.
    Hopefully Southgate can unlock him and let him loose. Since he’s been told to curb his ‘fire’ he’s lost that magic.
    He could be the Gazza of 1990 to this team,

    Get Sterling stretching the play out wide on either side.

    If Modric is their main threat I’d draft in Eric for the first hour of so to shackle him and drop into the backline when needed – allowing Trippier to expand on his fantastic World Cup showing so far and push further forward along with young.

    —————————Pickford————————–

    ——————Walker Stones McGuire—————

    Tripper ———————————————-Young

    ——————————Dier—————————–

    —————-Sterling————Henderson————

    —————————–Dele—————————–

    —————————–Kane—————————-

    • chrism090861 July 11, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      I like this suggestion/team, because i agree that we need to win the midfield battle, which Henderson cannot do on his own..

      • TopOfThePochs July 11, 2018 at 3:38 pm

        Essentially you’re playing

        —————————Pickford————————–

        ——————Walker Stones McGuire—————

        ——————————Dier—————————–

        ——————-———Henderson——-————–

        Tripper ————–—————————–—Young

        —————————-Sterling————————–

        ——-———————–Dele—————————–

        ——————————Kane————————–

        The beauty of playing Walker are CB is when Tripps goes flying off you have a ready made fill in and then Dier could drop in for him.
        Hendersons distribution has been excellent this tournament and so if he can be freed up a bit more with Dier in there to do the dirty work then Kane, Dele and Sterling will only have better service.

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? July 11, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      Replace Sterling for Tom Davies and Walker for Smallng and Young for Rose and England might have a sniff. 2 of em are at home though.

    • dilly July 11, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      Why Dier? Absolutely not!

      • TopOfThePochs July 11, 2018 at 3:56 pm

        Why not?
        Because he can do the duel role of CM & CB. He has the right mentality and energy at this stage of the competition.
        If we play Sterling and Lindgard who have been fairly ineffectual then Modric et al will exploit the space behind them with Henderson left to be pulled apart.

        • dilly July 11, 2018 at 4:02 pm

          Ok to come on as sub as he has done but not as a starter as he slows up play.

          • dilly July 11, 2018 at 4:03 pm

            Unlike Jonjo Shelvey!

            • dilly July 11, 2018 at 4:04 pm

              who despite his faults not afraid to put his foot in is always searching for an opening.

              • Harry Hotspur July 11, 2018 at 4:06 pm

                I got thrown out of Soho clip joint for that.

              • TopOfThePochs July 11, 2018 at 4:08 pm

                1. Jordan Pickford 2. Kyle Walker 3. Danny Rose 4. Eric Dier 5. John Stones 6. Harry Maguire 7. Jesse Lingard 8. Jordan Henderson 9. Harry Kane 10. Raheem Sterling 11. Jamie Vardy 12. Kieran Trippier 13. Jack Butland 14. Danny Welbeck 15. Gary Cahill 16. Phil Jones 17. Fabian Delph 18. Ashley Young 19. Marcus Rashford 20. Dele Alli 21. Ruben Loftus-Cheek 22. Trent Alexander-Arnold 23. Nick Pope

                – Shelvey is not in the squad. Your only other option is Lofus-Cheek or Delph who don’t have the kind of experience the even Dier has at his age.

          • TopOfThePochs July 11, 2018 at 4:04 pm

            If he allows tripper and young more licence to get forward and Henderson to ping the ball around more freely then he won’t do that. Im talking about him purely being a deep laying destroyer.

  • Gus July 11, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Are Croatia Sweden in disguise? No. 1-0 to England. If Sterling and Lingaard pass Harry the fakin ball it could be 2-0

  • Charles July 11, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    This article is so true. I think England are playing to many forwards & they all want to score in the world cup. They must feed Harry tonight.

  • Pj July 11, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Whatever happens I hope our Harry tears Lovren another new arsehole!!
    #38mins

  • Pj July 11, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    England would benefit by putting sterling left and Ali behind Kane.

    If England get through Rose would have to start against Mbappe just pace wise! He’s not got Young’s delivery but is much quicker

  • RecaroN17 July 11, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Just hope we win and none of our Tottenham boys get injured.

  • Accy July 11, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    If Dier starts, I doubt we’ll win. I’d go Cheek & Henderson (which, sounds like a craft beer.)

  • Accy July 11, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Something something Kane better when dropping deeper something something preserve his ankles something something Sterling has the pace something something corners and winning penalties won’t be as easy this time something something Rashford and Kane partnership yet.

  • chrism090861 July 11, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Brilliant, i couldn’t help but chuckle when i saw the headline before clicking into the blog. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head, the poor boy has had absolutely no service at all, apart from a ‘Mistaken pass’ from Loftus-Cheek for his hatrick goal against Panama !! Prediction: My heart says spectacular 2-0 win for us tonight, my head says tough, ground-out single goal win for us..

  • Sid Trotter July 11, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    I’m actually cheering for Croatia tonight. Because I’m in Switzerland. I don’t want our players too play another game in this heat. We need to rest them – EPL starts in a few weeks. C’mon Rat boy!

  • SteveG July 11, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    He’s only there to take the penalties ?