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Love for Payet
I love Payet. Us WHUFC fans are incredibly lucky to have such a great player.
Kelly, WHUFC, New Zealand (And the rest of the French team is OK I guess…)
Well done to Olivier Giroud for the most Olivier Giroud performance I’ve ever seen. All the way down to pushing Payet over when he scored the winner. Amazing.
Will Wymant, EFC
Awful Pogba; excellent Deschamps
I thought Paul Pogba was awful last night.
Zero key passes (chances created) from Pogba, Payet made eight. From the front 6 that started the game only Pogba and Griezmann failed to make a key pass.
Defensively Pogba was poor too. 0 tackles 1 interception 0 clearances. His two midfield partners were 231 (Matuidi) and 352 (Kante)…
Romania were brave, hard working and put up (for their level), a great performance. Deschamps was very brave and got his substitutions spot on. He needed to make changes to break Romania down, and removing two “big” players (Pogba and Greizmann) and moving a less elite (Payet), but on the day more efficient footballer in to a more dangerous position on the pitch was a masterstroke.
Even taking Payet off for a player who played in a relegated team last season to close out the game was right. It wasn’t for a standing ovation despite what the commentary team ludicrously claimed.
I thought France’s three best players were Payet, Giroud and Kante. A great advert for the premier league.
Adonis (Payet was extra special though) Stevenson, AFC
Martial benched?! (posted before Giroud’s goal…)
Can someone explain to me like a geriatric how Martial is benched for France? Or better still how Martial is benched and Giroud plays. Finally if Griezman and Payet are better than Martial then I think my bias towards Man U is real.
Martial should automatically walk into any team in the world really. Coaches will never cease to amaze me.
Sissoko > Pogba?
Giroud > Lukaku?
Go home Mailbox….you’re drunk!
Kev (Less pessimistic about England than usual) Essex
Some thoughts on England fans rioting in Marseille:
2. Isis, as in surely French police have better things to be thinking about.
3. Some countries look like they’re pining for an old fashioned “boots on the ground war”, why not just send them off with some Trump supporters to Syria to fight the good fight at source?
4. Actually hope England do really well this year for their players and the 99% of decent English supporters (and that’s from an Irish man).
5. Good luck tonight.
Interesting to note in your predictions that of the 3 France, 2 Belgium picks of your esteemed journalists, none of the French lovers picked Belgium to even make the Semis, whereas both the Belgiophiles picked the French to make the last four. Am I reading too much into this?
Bill (It starts 5am here in Aus) Clarke
MC – Yes, you are
More love for Darren Anderton
I got excited when I saw you’d picked Darren Anderton in your list of favourite England players, but you neglected to highlight the best ever Darren Anderton moment in and England shirt.
It came later in the same tournament as his goal against Colombia: during that finely-poised game against Argentina. Everyone remembers Sol Campbell’s disallowed header, but it’s the immediate aftermath to the non-goal that sticks in my mind. You see, while our players first celebrated the ‘goal’, then disputed the decision, those wily Argentinians had played on. They took the quick free kick and were steaming down the other end of the pitch on the counter-attack. They’d caught us flat-footed, and we were in trouble.
Not everyone was caught cold, though – Anderton was the player who was alert to the danger. He tracked back, virtually the length of the pitch, to make a saving tackle and allow England to regroup properly. The Sicknote jibes carried with them an implication that perhaps his heart wasn’t in it – perhaps he preferred getting a sports massage to actually playing – but in that moment he proved exactly how gutsy he could be.
Oh, I agree with the rest of your list, too. Especially England’s tournament travails in the past few years have been due to a lack of a new Owen Hargreaves. Here’s hoping Eric Dier can fill the chasm Hargreaves left.
Make Emile of it
Yeah, sure did win free kicks outside the area. One that comes to mind was for Zinedine Zidane in front of my face in Lisbon in ’04. Nice of Gerrard to help cover up this incident with some generosity of his own at the death.
Adam (never a fan of either in an England shirt) Corbett
While we are witnessing every team in the Premier League strengthening one way or another, some quickly, others in the shadows of the Euro and then the Olympics, I look at Tottenham and see us needing only 3 new players, namely a ST, AM/CM and a DM/CM.
What I can see Poch and Levy doing: get Janssen (£12m cover for Kane), Wanyama (at least £20m cover for Dier/Dembele) and Franco Vazquez (£20m cover for Alli). Sell Chadli (at least £20m) and Mason (at least £10m). Promote Onomah as AM backup and give a chance to Bentaleb and Winks to prove themselves in pre-season. Promote Carter Vickers if Alderweireld gets injured. 2016 would-be transfer balance: -£9.5m (Townsend out incl.). Then, if we sell Fazio (£7m) and Yedlin (£3m) and we can get in the green Levy style.
What I don’t see Poch and Levy doing: get any shoved name striker like Batsuhayi or Lacazette over £30m, get two big money strikers when we can just promote a youngster as third choice and backup, and not try to make a profit while strengthening the squad.
Note: fees, like the rest, are entirely speculative.
Now that leicester have released Mark Schwarzer Arsenal should most definitely get their hands on the Chap. part ways with OOOOOOOOOOOOspina and bring in a truly experienced Premier League Proven Champion.
he’s a better cover than ospina in my books, good experience, would love to come to London, and he is on two year roll for the crown.Plus he would know how to drive to champions bus by now . and as we seen, for Arsenal to win the league we must use some magic to counter the dry evil spell which is upon the land, so maybe third time a charm.