England vs USA & Croatia | Its coming home

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    GlastonSpur Also disliked on an Aston Villa forum

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    It's disgraceful that every England international match is not shown on a free-to-air channel.

    The taxpayer's pump in around £29m to the FA each year, not to mention multi-year grants of £120 million specifically relating to Wembley Stadium in the FA's account for 2015.
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    Mrs Smoker Full Member

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    Damien Self-Aware RedCafe Database (and Admin) Staff

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    Damien Self-Aware RedCafe Database (and Admin) Staff

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    Pickford

    Walker Stones Gomez Chilwell
    Dier
    Delph Barkley
    Rashford Kane Sterling​

    What an awful midfield. Quick rise for Chilwell who only came into the squad last international break because Shaw withdrew due to injury. Now he's become first choice for country.

    Croatia team:

    Kalinic

    Vrsaljko Lovren Vida Jedvaj
    Modric (c) Brozovic
    Rebic Vlasic Perisic
    Kramaric​
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    Annihilate Now! ...or later, I'm not fussy Scout

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    Lucky for us Rakitic isn't playing

    Think our midfield is poorer then the WC semi midfield, but we'll see.
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    Foxtrot New Member

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    I expect England to beat Croatia today, a sell-out crowd and an in-form England team will be too much for Croatia. The last two games were draws though so it won't be easy for England, but I still expect England to edge this narrowly.
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    Treble Full Member

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    Easy win for England. Croatia are quality but will be a bit tired imo.
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    Utdstar01 Full Member

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    Could be because Shaw was carrying a knock. May be precautionary.
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    GeorgieBoy Full Member

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    Kept telling ourselves that last World Cup. :wenger:
    Think the home advantage should edge it for us. Narrow England win I'm predicting.
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    SquishyMcSquish Full Member

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    Really wanted to see Sancho & Sterling together, but didn't expect it after he started vs USA. Hope we see it at some point during the game though.
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    Raees Legal Guardian of the Football forums

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    Chilwell is a decent player he has done well since his promotion.

    Is Rakitic injured or has he retired?
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    Dante Bang Average but can post Blindfolded for 15 secs

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    I reckon we'll be playing a solid 4-2-3-1. Delph and Dier anchoring, with Barkley supporting the front 3 with plenty of runs into the box. He'll be playing the role Alli does for Spurs.

    Kind of weird when Alli is on the bench.
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    duffer Sensible and not a complete jerk like most oppo's Scout

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    shamans Hoser

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    It’s funny how England think they are on level terms with Croatia. Minnow bashers getting a little confident here!
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    Raees Legal Guardian of the Football forums

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    Thanks.
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    FootballHQ Full Member

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    Well if you just count normal time last two games have been a draw and then before that it was a 4-1 and 5-1 win in the 2010 qualifying. Not sure Croatia have beaten England in 90 minutes since the infamous 2007 Wembley game unless I've forgotten a friendly game (although of course no Croat cares about that considering they won the semi final in the end).

    Reality is there's little between the teams. Croatia got more technical excellence but on home turf you'd expect England's pace and power to really trouble them once they get past the midfield.

    I'd have still started Sancho ahead of Rashford. Full of confidence and playing at a very high level currently for his club.
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    Djemba-Djemba Full Member

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    Rashford has been in good goal scoring form for England though, scored home and away against Spain.

    That has probably edged out Sancho
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    Adisa likes to take afvanadva wothowi doubt

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    I don't know if anyone else does this or am I alone. When I see lineup sheets, the first thing I look for is skilful attackers. I'm always very disappointed when I don't see any.
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    Accepted but I'd have kept him as impact sub as he's still struggling to get going for Man. United. If he had Martial run of form he'd be a certain starter in my book.

    Would've gone for Sterling and Sancho either side of Kane with Rashford second half option.
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    Agree
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    Rebic is a hardworker and had a good world cup but yeah 100 stepovers isn't his thing, Vlasic struggled to impose himself at Everton.....

    ;)
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    Adisa likes to take afvanadva wothowi doubt

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    There's not much between the two teams. The semifinal proved it.
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    Adisa likes to take afvanadva wothowi doubt

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    Yeah. I was looking at the two lineups. Can't see any flair player. Lots of pace and power but little else. Hope Sancho gets a run out .
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    Gomez & Stones looks like a really good partnership on paper.

    Pretty sad to see that we only have one united Player in the England team when traditionally it has been littered with them.
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    We beat Spain .. in Spain, in the same competition 2 games ago.

    It's hardly shocking that England fans might think we're on a similar level to Croatia who only beat us due to a late ET goal in the World Cup.
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    Right, that team sheet decides it. I'm off to do the shopping.
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    FootballHQ Full Member

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    Croatia anthem so nice to listen to.
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    duffer Sensible and not a complete jerk like most oppo's Scout

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    No Rakitic or Kovacic is a plus for England.
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    duffer Sensible and not a complete jerk like most oppo's Scout

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    If England go onto win the UEFA Nations League I would make them favourites for Euro 2020 due to having home field advantage from the semi's onwards.
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    Adisa likes to take afvanadva wothowi doubt

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    Also, done FAs get a piece of every transfer fee?
    It's a disgrace really.
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    Hm, Perisic?:annoyed:
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    Needham Full Member

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    I don't even recognize some of the England fans.
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    Wembley sees it fit and proper to play Oasis fecking in the Bushes for an international audience of kids and ordinary decent people.
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    Sky were really clever in signing up the Nations league. I believe ITV will be showing England again from March.

    I agree it's poor after the success of the WC the public feel in tune with England again so ratings from Spain and Croatia games would've been really good I think.
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    DomesticTadpole Doom-monger obsessed with Herrera & the M.E.N.

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    Well that was awkward.
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    SquishyMcSquish Full Member

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    It really is.

    Especially since this isn't even a friendly, it's a competitive game.
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    duffer Sensible and not a complete jerk like most oppo's Scout

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    Lol Rebic!
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    duffer Sensible and not a complete jerk like most oppo's Scout

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    Rebic!! How you can miss that?? Ffs