- Cristiano Ronaldo donated his Champions League bonus to charity good on him
- Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang named Bundesliga Player of the Year congratulations!
- Juanfran becomes Atletico's new bestseller After Milan's heartbreak
- Ryan Giggs to leave Manchester United due to managerial desire - Sky sources He should go, tbh
- Southampton's Ronald Koeman poised to become Everton manager as money-no-object pursuit continues supposedly a lot of bets are coming in for this one?
England 1- 0 Portugal
I have no commentary, just questions for Hodgson. Before I go into my questions, a background. Hodgson came in after England's disastrous (and expensive!) dalliances with foreign coaches. Sven Erikksen spent his time cheating on his partner with a TV talkshow host and a secretary who worked in the FA and Capello's reign was terrible. Hodgson supposedly got hired as a 'reset' and honestly, I don't think the FA thought they'd have had to hold on to him this long (he really should have gone after 2014).
So the FA has decided that the coach has to be 'home grown'. Not necessarily English, but you've had to practice your trade in the country for a while. For instance, Brendan Rogers, Roberto Martinez and Jose Mourinho (who showed up last night) would be classified as homegrown because they've been in and around the system for seven years, iirc. Anyway!
Hodgson is the highest paid manager at the tournament. He wants to stay in the job until 2018, because he hates his country and is treasonous. This guy says with a straight face that he doesn't believe in formations but players. Knowing him, he'll try and keep Rooney for 2018 too. Never mind that Rooney is past it. That he's a sub at best, and not a starter.
Now, before I start whinging, please note, I do have a bit of respect for Rooney, in that he's supposedly the one who moved the English camp from the cliques (although I think the lads have done their own work, due to their individual circumstances) into getting on. The lads do respect him, which is nice, and he's supposedly been good for morale. Right, that's done. My questions begin.
Why did Alves do this? They were saying that Harry Kane was too honest in getting up and should have played dead
Kane and Vardy have scored 49 goals between them, they are forwards - but were played on the wings?
Having seeing Dele Alli and Harry Kane link up with Alli in the midfield, why would you put him out wide? Our best performance against Germany had Alli with Dier in midfield - and Rooney out injured (I really wish he'd stayed out injured - until July 2016). Rooney makes our team worse because he doesn't have the energy to run or press, and doesn't have the skill set to make incisive passes like someone who's been playing in the no 10 role for the past five years (vs Rooney's last nine months)
The English play was laboured, but I won't blame the lads for that. You got the feeling that they didn't know what to do, because Hodgson is still pottering. Square pegs in round holes and the players 'unable to express themselves' due to Hodgson's stubbornness and shortsightedness and eschew the call ups in the future. That's something that I fear, because that's happened before, and because of that, players like Scholes supposedly took early retirement because playing out of their position was unenjoyable and too much hard work. Especially since you're supposedly tapped for the NT because you're the best at what you are in your position? Anyway, Smalling got a goal
Vardy was terribly misused. In addition, you get the feeling that with Gary Neville's failure over in Valencia, he doesn't seem to have much voice in the coaching staff anymore. Even though Neville has called for Hodgson to stay after the Euros citing his 'bravery' for tapping up young players. Bish, wet? Would you really have Terry, Gerrard, and co still playing now? National teams are a study in playing the present, building for the future.
So why shoehorn Alli, Kane and Vardy just to prop up an ageing, well past it Wayne Rooney. Do you think Rooney knows that he's really not good enough for the team anymore? Surely a good captain should say that he can't do what Hodgson wants him to do? Hodgson's favouritism to Rooney (and Wilshire to an extent) will cost him his job. Please. But Hodgson is "Pleased and happy" with the way how England played. Oh, really
I'm not a fan of Milner as vice captain of LFC (wtf was Rodgers thinking?), nor am I impressed by his creativity in midfield (although I admire his industry), but he seems to be a decent bloke and this was a genuinely nice moment. This is after Kane almost got his head kicked off, and Milner checked to see if he was in good nick
*runs hands through hair with frustration. Dier is gpoy*
National Team Pictures
What's with the red crosses
The puma kit for Italy is lovely
Apologies re: the quality of the pictures
Poldski the mascot, and Rüdiger, who's someone that a certain politician might not want to have him as a neighbour
Smalling with the England mascot
, with Eric Dier and Dele Alli
Not as much as I loathe Hodgson right now
OP: UGH. I'm off. Oh, Polite notice. Come next week I'll be on the road for a bit, so posting will be sporadic. Or at the very least, not so picture heavy. But that will be clearer as time goes on. Cheers!