Footie (20/03/2017 - 31/03/2017)


#1

After this weekend’s badness I think what we all needed was a chance to join together and cheer on the brave lions of the Men’s England International Football Squad.

Also Tuchel to Arsenal?
Wenger In/Out?
Other stuff?


#2

This is the most frustratingly fucking shit international break of all time.

Seems like every single team in the league has fixtures to make up and no time to schedule them, why not have a weekend off for a fucking friendly and a game against Lithuania!

Fuck off non-tournament international football 4eva plz.


#3

MUNbo number 5


#4

It’s bringing the country (and the boards) together, Ant.


#5

That’s true actually. I’m very much looking forward to the country uniting behind Lingard, Rashford, Shaw, Smalling and Jonesy for a change


#6

I was about to mention that this is probably the objectively shittest England squad since I was old enough to know anything about football


#7

Saturday’s clash of the mediocre former pro midfielders

James Harper 2-1 Kem Izzet

The latter was an unused substitute.

Also, not sure if it was mentioned in last week’s Football Thread, but since we are dismissing International Football, the difference in quality and entertainment between the 2nd phase Champions League matches and pretty much any knockout match (Brazil v Germany excepted) in any of the past half dozen major International tournaments is staggering.


#8

I’m assuming you aren’t old enough to remember the Graham Taylor years of Andy Sinton, Geoff Thomas, Keith Curle, David Bardsley, Brian Deane, David White, Carlton Palmer and many many others?


#9

Yep. 3 reasonably decent players who could end up good and the rest are shite


#10

Fucking woeful isn’t it. Truly, truly awful throughout.


#11

International football is so inferior to club football & encourages Nationalist bollocks

it should be banned


#12

Nationalism’s all we have left!


#13

On Saturday I think we may have become the first team to win a game without registering a shot on target in the whole game.

There’s a potential pub quiz question.


#14

In my lifetime (just) but I wasn’t old enough to appreciate it. Euro 96 is my first football memory


#15

you wont miss it when its gone


#16

Meh, I gave up on International Football in 2007.


#17

Alli and Sterling are the only ones who’d get anywhere near the Germany squad (maybe Walker at a push)


#18

It definitely happened once before this season, funnily enough it went in Watford’s favour so they can’t complain about Saturday!


#19

The thing is it’s not like it’s weak through being unfinished potential either, Smalling, Jones, Bertrand, Walker, Lallana are all at an age where people seem to still think they’re young when they’re all like 27/28 or so and that’s not even mentioning Defoe and Vardy.


#20

Aye, it shows:
a) we should be building our team around the idea of Kane on his own up top, because no one else is anywhere near his level
b) How ridiculously weak our squad depth is (3 starters injured and we end up with Jake fucking Livermore in the squad)