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come on england great game by all and best england squad we have on offer presently fit emagine if those pundits had changed hodgsons mind and he drpped terry glad hodsons got a football brain and knows his game win lose or draw now youve done us proud imagine emagine if ericcson i think it was had played the youngsters in last game years back and took the chance as hodgson would have what we would of done back they cole carrick lampard ferdinand defoe gerrad rooney owen redknap terry well done parker and gerrad for making midfield safe and covering one another allowing both to be at best and give us heart and also that man hart as a formiddable stunning game as always great show by all 10 out of 10 every player unlucky ukraine great game by all awsome keeper and great side players too 10 out of 10 to all and a very sad home journey for ireland heard they put down by a few upset fans supporters but what a squad and look at the group they played in and who else was in group all great sides amazing great spirit and play by all irish team the hardest group i think as all sides such formiddble oponents 10 out of ten to you lads so proud of you and make us proud to be a uk supporter and a fan of growing irsh team to great show lads just the luck of the irish to be drawn in such an hard talented group
Posted 04:08 20th June 2012
Would be interesting to see what would happen if we won 2-0 and France beat Sweden 3-2. That would mean us and France would finish on the exact same points, same goal difference, and same head to head with no other superior score line against other opposition. Would England finish top because of Alphabetical ordering? Or would there be another way to find an advantage? No doubt England would probably be accused of breaching rules and be fined and docked points. Probably be fined for racism aswell for affecting the French chances of playing weaker teams in the following rounds. And then probably fine Bendtner again because he plays for an English team.
Posted 17:21 19th June 2012
Rooney had better score a hat-trick! it's disgusting that a player who has just come back from a BAN automatically gets picked over hard workers(defoe, not carroll) he never plays well in major national tournaments, carroll scored a fine header but did little else apart from give away a free kick which led to a goal, you can bet ukraine will hack away at rooney to provoke a response and even if he costs us the game and tournament by retaliating he'll still get in the next world cup.Farcical.
Posted 17:16 19th June 2012
So I see that there are a few fans on here suggesting you leave Wayne Rooney on the bench? That's why your not a manager. "Yeah just leave Englands best player on the bench like thats a good idea!" I agree that giving players incentive is always a good plan, but you should always start the best team possible.
Posted 17:08 19th June 2012
let rooney play not carroll . why so he can kick players from behind and get sent off . as for carroll who will bully players from the front
Posted 16:41 19th June 2012
personally if i were andy carroll i would be slightly bitter after being dropped to the bench for a player take my place who hasnt scored a competitive goal for 8 years, rooney is heavily overated, there are better english strikers who are not even included in the england set up but for some unknown reason rooney gets selected everytime, why ????? rooney will shame the english before he brings the glory, he isnt god enough, shouldnt even be in the england team
Posted 16:23 19th June 2012
I think its very important that Rooney starts tonight. In the past I'm not be the biggest fan of his performances in major competitors for England. I think in the past his habit to drop into and run the midfield took up space when playing with gerrard, lampard and/or Barry. but i think this tournament we have looked weak in the middle and Rooney is the perfect player to support them in there and also give the quality striker that we need. I think weather milner plays or not is a decision based on weather we need the denfensive cover. I personally havent seen another of Ukraine to judge but i feel Hodgeson is defensively tactically minded to make the correct call.
Posted 16:20 19th June 2012
DONT PICK ROONEY, give the players that got us this far a further chance. Yes have him on the bench. Whilst he is far better than Carroll Rooney is definitely overated nowadays.
Posted 16:16 19th June 2012
Robert Kelly. If two teams are level on points it is firstly decided on "head to head" result, then goal difference.
Posted 16:14 19th June 2012
Like most England fans, I am looking forward to his return to the squad. It is a shame that he looked upon as our saviour and hero but the fact is...he is the best English striker available. Carroll was fantastic against Sweden, god only knows why Roy didn't use him against France as he would of battled with Diarra and given the weak French defence a lot of trouble. Welbeck has also shown he can pull a goal out of anywhere and has the energy/speed carroll doesn't have. Realistically, it is going to be a Welbeck/Rooney strike force - rightly or wrongly. I'd like to see Young replaced with Oxlade-Chamberlain though - despite being younger...he will fair better against the strong eastern european style of football. Ashley Young however will be bullied and intimidated I fear. We shall see but I do envisage us topping the group to face Italy and eventually Spain in the semi-final! COME ON ENGLAND
Posted 15:46 19th June 2012
@Robert Unfortunately for Russia, they fell foul to the head to head rule, which means that Greece went through because they beat the other team that was competing for the same spot, in this case Russia, despite Russia having a superior goal difference...i personally hate the rule.
Posted 15:39 19th June 2012
In reply to Robert Kelly, in this years Euros when teams are equal on points they go to a 'mini-league' between all teams on the same points. Hence as Greece and Russia are on the same points, Greece go ahead because they beat Russia and therefore have 3 points in that mini-league compared to Russia's 0.
Posted 15:39 19th June 2012
@Robert Kelly Greece beat Russia so that trumps goal difference. What is Redknapp waffling about "England aren't in a position where we can afford to rest a player like him (Rooney)". Why would we want to rest him Jamie when he hasn't played yet? I tell you what, let's rest him for the whole tournament so he is fresh for United at the start of the season...
Posted 15:33 19th June 2012
No disrespect to anyone but how could you not play wayne rooney? if rooney played for liverpool or chelsea both sets of fans would think hes a legend, stop being like that u should b all in it together, and people say hes overrated, r u people mad!? people say he had an ok season, even though he scored 30 goals? how many did torres score? exactly but chelsea fans ssstill big him up? carroll? come on lets stop having the club mentality and start thinking like england fans, this is the problem with england fans, they never appreciate who they have on their team, beckham for example? Got england to the world cup on his own and still people doubted him, its really sad, going forward the passin is lacking a bit, looks like a lack of understanding, rooney will create the flow, with stevie g linking up as well, will be brilliant, im not english or a utd fan but please appreciate that you have a brilliant player, i really hope he proves himself tonight and silence his critics, good luck england
Posted 15:29 19th June 2012
Re: Robert Kelly - It is down to head to head games betweem the two teams.
Posted 15:12 19th June 2012
Rooney and Welbeck always make a good combination. To pair them in the first 45 mins will produce goals. let Roy try and he will prove me light. chelsea fan
Posted 15:10 19th June 2012
In response to Robert Kelly: I believe that when teams are joint on points, they only take account games between those teams or place them into a mini league if it's say three teams on equal points. So in that case I believe Russia's goals against Czech Republic don't count, but instead they go to a head to head matter with Greece to see who goes through. Well that's what I've gathered but I amy be wrong.
Posted 15:10 19th June 2012
keep roo on the bench for 70 min to make the team that played sweeden feel like they can go out there and win again with or without rooney! this could be our time.... #believe
Posted 15:02 19th June 2012
Rooney is one of the best strikers in the world, i know that it is unfair too leave out carroll or welbeck as they have been playing well but when you're at Rooney's caliber its a no brainer that he should be be one of the first names on the starting XI
Posted 14:52 19th June 2012
At Robert Kelly. If 2 teams are level on points, the team that won in the game between those 2 teams will finish higher regardless of goal difference. If the 2 teams level on points drew their game then it goes to goal difference.
Posted 14:44 19th June 2012