Chris Smalling interview | The Times & Telegraph

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    Don't have the text for this interview

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    Adisa likes to take afvanadva wothowi doubt

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    I'm not his biggest fan but Southgate mocking him in public was a disgrace
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    Bwuk Full Member

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    Agreed. I understand what Southgate was trying to do with ball players at the back, but he handled this poorly.
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    Oldyella Full Member

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    There was no need to go into specifics. He should have just said he wasn't in his plans and left it at that and told Chris in private.
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    It was obvious why he did it and a very calculated choice by Southgate. It has clearly worked. He somehow has a reputation for "playing the right way" despite being more reliant on goals from set pieces than Jack Charlton's Ireland.
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    2 man midfield Incestuous Modern Woman (Dumper!)

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    Definitely one of the more baffling things about the world cup. I think we scored what, twice from open play? But we were seen as this team that played great football.
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    desirere New Member

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    Hardly, maybe in the UK you saw yourselfs that way. In reality to the rest of the world not so much, I gave you 25% chance against Croatia at most...
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    Ish Lights on for Luke

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    I don't think what Southgate said was wrong, but as mentioned above, the way he did it, was piss poor.

    Good read, thanks for sharing OP.
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    andersj Nick Powell Expert

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    "It would be a no-brainer if Ole was given the job.

    What would?
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    Thiagoal Full Member

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    The myth that somehow in Kyle Walker, John Stones and Harry Maguire England have great ball players is ridiculous! Smalling is not far off them at all and is actually a better defender in my eyes!

    Due to our midfield being technically poor, all I remember happening was the defenders passing it between themselves until they were pressurised which then resulted in passing it back to the keeper or hoofing it up the pitch anyway
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    2 man midfield Incestuous Modern Woman (Dumper!)

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    I’m in the UK, so yeah the UK did.
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    Earlier in his career Smalling could get bullied by strong centre forwards, but as he showed against Fulham he can handle these sort now. Chris still however looks nervous when having to move forward with the ball, especially crossing the halfway line. At one point under LvG he seemed to have made progress in this aspect of his play, but the negative approach of Jose took away any confidence he had gained, lets hope Ole can restore his belief, although from the story it sounds like Chris's life experiences have jolted his self-confidence levels.
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    Pexbo has never watched Star Wars

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    If Ole was given the job
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    andersj Nick Powell Expert

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    But what would be a no-brainer? To stay?
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    Not sure if you're trolling or if English is like your 4th language (yes worse than 2nd or 3rd as even they'd understand)

    "It would be a no-brainer if Ole was given the job."

    No brainer to give ole the job... As stated.
    What's a no brainer?

    Giving ole the job.
    The job.

    The job going to ole is a no brainer.
    Ole to the job is no brainer
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    :lol::lol::lol:
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    "But I know I’ve played under Louis van Gaal, Jose & Sir Alex, all these top managers who’ve backed me."

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    Rozay Master of Hindsight

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    That Southgate stuff never sat well. This is modern football though. Kyle Walker has a better first touch but loses his man on a cross and gives away a goal against Tunisia. Priorities have changed regarding defenders.
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    MAME DIOUF 32 Full Member

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    I didn't notice that. Hilarious :lol::lol::lol:
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    sveisa New Member

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    Please clarify what you mean.
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    I certainly understand where Southgate is coming from especially as I,and I assume many others, have questioned or highlighted Smalling's lack of ability in playing from the back.
    But Southgate is talking like he's got a array of technically adapted central defenders when the facts of that matter are is that he hasn't.
    On pure defensive awareness alone Smalling is up there as one of the best England defenders currently playing,granted that could arguably say more about the lack of overall quality in that particular field in English football at present.

    These comments should have been kept in house but then you could argue that at the least,agree with it or not,Southgate is being open and honest on the matter.
    I dont think Smalling should let this play on his mind too much though.Yes abit of pride is hurt here but Smalling should just go out there and be the best defender he can be for one of the biggest clubs in world football.
    England can take care of itself with or without him.
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    To be fair, most goals came from set plays for every team iirc.
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    andersj Nick Powell Expert

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    Probably due to my poor english. I thought «It» had to refer to something in this context. If Ole was given the job it would be a no-brainer? What would be a no-brainer? To give Ole the job? Well, the presumption in the end of the sentence is that he got the job hence «If Ole was given the job». So what would be the no-brainer?! It! And what is it? Giving Ole the job? Then the sentence might as well read:

    Giving Ole the job would be a no-brainer if Ole was given the job!

    I would understand:

    «It would be great if Ole was given the job.»

    «It should be a no-brainer to give Ole the job.» (in his opinion)
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    Love to be a fly on the wall on that Utd dressing room in the Moyes era, where he'd got rid of Rene and Phelan (can totally see SAF saying at least one of them is staying as part of the succession plan) and that squad just stares at Moyes and Round like idiots, and even by the younger guys like Smalling
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    Because Smalling wants to be a good man. Good man doesn't lie.
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    Better than reading the interview :lol:
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    devilish Juventus fan who used to support United

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    What happened with Southgate exactly? It's ironic if a former average player whose only moment of note in his football's career was to give a pathetic penalty kick that knocked England out would go on mocking someone who actually won something in his football career.
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    Inigo Montoya Leave Wayne Rooney alone!!

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    Sums it up perfectly
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    Steady, fellow.:lol:
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    devilish Juventus fan who used to support United

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    I remember when Sacchi closed the national team's door on vialli and mancini's face before USA 94 following a joke they made to him. Despite the wealth of talent Italy had back then this move went back to haunt him big time as Baggio got injured and there was no-one with enough talent and experience to replace him

    Southgate is nowhere near as talented then prime Sacchi and Italy of 94 would shit on the current English squad a thousand times over. He is in no condition to burn bridges with any player
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    Pretty much this. A player who wasnt very good, became a manager and wasnt considered very good as a club manager, did okay with the England under 21s and now finds himself coaching the first team is suddenly a visionary because he got England fans expecting results again, because we beat fairly weak international teams. Granted it was cool to beat Spain, but we did it with direct route 1 football and great clinical finishing from the front players. We certainly didnt play out from the back.
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    It was understandable (and perhaps even somewhat admirable) for Southgate to want the likes of Stone, Maguire and Walker to be the starting line-up. However not taking Smalling at all was always ridiculous. He is quite comfortably the best actual defender that England have, and having that option when needed would have been good. It was always obvious that was Southgate just trying to make a point, even if it ultimately hurt the chances to get results.
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    Snow Somewhere down the lane, a licky boom boom down

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    You're probably better at English than Smalling mate. Don't knock your English. The amount of people that don't speak properly is staggering.
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    I like Smalling but he's undeniably in the old school of defenders.

    Win the ball. Then play a simple pass to a midfielder. Most modern managers will want more than that i'm afraid.
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    UnrelatedPsuedo I pity the poor fool who stinks like I do!

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    Southgate was better than every current English Centre Half. By a huge margin too.
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    At what? Being an average CB that won a couple of league cups and 1 player of the month award and a crap penalty taker?
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    UnrelatedPsuedo I pity the poor fool who stinks like I do!

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    None of that has anything to do with my post.

    Do you think there’s currently an English CB as good as Southgate was?
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    Smalling is better than Southgate was
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    Maybe that's why he left him out of the World Cup squad, pure jealousy.