Group G: BEL | PAN | TUN | ENG

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19-Jun-2018 03:00 NZT Belgium Match 13 Panama Sochi
19-Jun-2018 06:00 NZT Tunisia Match 14 England Volgograd
24-Jun-2018 00:00 NZT Belgium Match 29 Tunisia Moscow
25-Jun-2018 00:00 NZT England Match 30 Panama Nizhny Novgorod
29-Jun-2018 06:00 NZT England Match 45 Belgium Kaliningrad
29-Jun-2018 06:00 NZT Panama Match 46 Tunisia Saransk

Player: "What bloody game are you watching ref?"

Ref: "The one where you've had three shots and haven't hit the target."

Hows my refereeing? Whine Here

theprof
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Engerland might actually get out of the group. Can't see them getting much further though.

Queenslander 3x a year.

Colvinator
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Belgium to win group in style. Tunisia & Costa Rica probably not much worse than Iceland so should be able to knock England out.

Ray Hicks
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Colvinator wrote:

Belgium to win group in style. Tunisia & Costa Rica probably not much worse than Iceland so should be able to knock England out.

It must be World Cup year: all the jocks come out to watch, not play...

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el grapadura
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Colvinator wrote:

Belgium to win group in style. Tunisia & Costa Rica probably not much worse than Iceland so should be able to knock England out.

Costa Rica didn't have many problems with England in 2014. Panama, on the other hand, may in 2018.

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Panama look well short - 1 goal in their last 5 games, Tunisia will be a tough side to break down and will play on the counter - I like them to draw with England 1st game up actually. Belgium win the group though

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Lonegunmen
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England - quarter final specialists

164 games  164 games

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Lonegunmen wrote:

England - quarter final specialists

Haven't made it that far since 2006. Only made the quarter finals twice in the last 6 World Cups.

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Colvinator wrote:

Lonegunmen wrote:

England - quarter final specialists

Haven't made it that far since 2006. Only made the quarter finals twice in the last 6 World Cups.

It wouldn't be all that suprising if they do make it to the quarters. It's very hard seeing them fudgeing it up against Tunisia and Panama, and even with Belgium I reckon they're 50/50. Then in the Round of 16 they cross with Group H, and the only side from that bunch that I think can give them trouble is Colombia, and even then I think England are capable of getting past them. In the quarters they'd likely come up against someone much better than them, so can't see them getting past that (unless there are some freak results on that side of the draw).

Then again, we're also talking about a team that lost to iceland in EURO 2016, and drew with Costa Rica in 2014, and USA and Algeria in 2010, so who really knows. 

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I suppose Belgium are such nervous fudge ups too that maybe 50/50 is accurate. Going to be painful if they don't reverse the curse with the talent in that side.

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The question is how far Belgium and England will or wont go.

Grumpy old bastard alert

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Tunisia looked good against Spain..fancy them and England to get out.

A small town in Europe........looking to bounce straight back up....well that aint going to happen

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Personally, I think England's squad needs more full backs. Southgate has included Walker, Alexander Arnold, Rose, Young, Delph and Trippier with Phil Jones able to provide cover if all 47 of them get injured. I'm not sure if this will be enough.

In total Southgate has picked 10 defenders plus Eric Dier who somehow manages to ply his trade outside of a back four.

Add the 3 keepers and that's 14 out of 23 who have been selected to defend. One of the 9 others is Jordan Henderson. 

This squad has no plan B, it's 5-1-2-2 all the way folks. Need an extra goal to guarantee qualification for the next round? 5-1-2-2. Losing to Iceland? 5-1-2-2. Need to shut up shop? Bring some defenders on up front in a 5-1-2-2 

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Seems like the accepted media view is that Sterling will partner Kane up front, with Alli & Lingard supporting from deeper. These players worked well together v Nigeria, but I'd much prefer Rashford to be starting: IMO he offers a greater goal threat and I think it's important to try & take the load off Kane. 

The boy's got bags of pace & knows where goal is, something I don't think is in Sterling's game, despite his season with Man City. His international goal record is poor and he lacks composure when finishing for England. Rashford's record for England isn't much either, but it's early in his career & most of his appearances have been cameos off the bench.

Having said that, Lingard is the player I'd jettison from the starting eleven to accommodate Rashford. Probably won't happen though, as he seems to be highly rated by Southgate... 

I expect it to be a tough & scrappy game with few chances; heat might play a part too. 

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England going to lose tomorrow morning!

Player: "What bloody game are you watching ref?"

Ref: "The one where you've had three shots and haven't hit the target."

Hows my refereeing? Whine Here

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Engerland will have a tough time against Tunisia I think but they will come out on top in this game by one goal.

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Tunisia played well against Spain..England 2-1..I hope.

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If the useless Dundee United defender in the Tunisia squad starts, I expect England to trounce them. 

England tend to do ok against the weaker World Cup sides, I would've liked to see Egypt in this group, in saying that, England's "Golden Generation" did only draw with Algeria in 2010.

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Tunisia got a penalty. Probably fair call although pretty soft considering what is happening at the other end. On the basis of Tunisias penakty call Kane should have had at least 2  at the other end. Farcical wrestling moves on him going unpunished.

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Come on Tunisia!!! Tight finish this one.

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