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If it was me, I would have defect now!
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I fear for their safety when they get back to the DPRK. Agree with defecting.
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I just read this on facebook:

The England team visited an orphanage in CapeTown today. "It's heartbreaking to see their sad little faces with no hope" said Jamal aged 6.
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Hahahaha!
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Perfect style of humour. The clue put in the very last character. Brilliant!



I hope the neighbours won't throw things at our living room window now... my wife decided to Make The Statement...

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Let the show begin.
The 2nd round of the groups stage ended (Spain returned to itself and won Honduras 2-0) and now the third and final round. Now you move on or go home. Now we talk business.
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just jump into any ambassy while they are out of their own country....but then, need to think for their own families...

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Every damned World Cup (that they actually qualify for) takes another 10 years off my life. Bloody England :evil:
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James Lacey wrote
Every damned World Cup (that they actually qualify for) takes another 10 years off my life. Bloody England :evil:


You think you'd know what to expect by now.

They'll make it through, becuase they need to lose to Argentina or Germany in a penalty shootout.

:twisted:
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You are so right, John! However, that game against Algeria was the most pathetic performance I have ever seen by an English team. Incapable of even passing the ball more than a few metres, no shape, Gerrard and Lampard going through their usual routine of blind man's buff, a cry-baby donkey as centre half, a walking disaster zone at right back and the old "let's pretend it's 1955 and play long balls over the midfield all night in the vain hope that Heskey might actually a) score a goal or b) doing something useful with the ball"

Even Rooney looked like he didn't want to be there and he is the only world class player in the England squad. Capello must be wondering why the hell he took the job (apart from the 6 million obvious ones).

PATHETIC! :twisted: :evil:
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From Wall Street Journal, excerpt.

Should the UK be downgraded to a lesser league? (grins)

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England ready to fight for World Cup survival

By DENNIS PASSA,
AP Sports Writer

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) England's usual World Cup worries at this stage revolve around the fact it hasn't won the title since 1966.

The more pressing concern this time, ahead of its Group C match against Slovenia on Wednesday, is the fact that not since 1958 in Sweden has England failed to advance past the group stage once it's qualified for the tournament.

Yet that's the scenario facing coach Fabio Capello and his apparently discordant English players - a loss to Slovenia would end any chance of England making it to the round of 16. England has two points after a 1-1 draw with the United States and a surprising 0-0 tie with Algeria.

England didn't qualify for the World Cup in 1974, 1978 and 1994. But when the English have made it, the team usually performs relatively well - losing in the semifinals in 1990, the quarterfinals in 1962, 1986, 2002 and 2006 and the second round in 1982 and 1998.
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James & John...

If you look at England team carefully, actually there is nothing wrong with the backs as they hardly concede any goals, just that the forwards are not scoring...need to score to win games, including penalties...haha...

Even more distress when watching the aussies play....worse than pathetic...but then the French team were in disarray...!!

Egos and arrogance take over self respect and honour playing for their country....too much money too soon in their lives, unlike the good old days pre-80s or 70s...they all played with pride and honour...


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From Wall Street Journal, excerpt.

Should the UK be downgraded to a lesser league? (grins)

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England ready to fight for World Cup survival

By DENNIS PASSA,
AP Sports Writer

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) England's usual World Cup worries at this stage revolve around the fact it hasn't won the title since 1966.

The more pressing concern this time, ahead of its Group C match against Slovenia on Wednesday, is the fact that not since 1958 in Sweden has England failed to advance past the group stage once it's qualified for the tournament.

Yet that's the scenario facing coach Fabio Capello and his apparently discordant English players - a loss to Slovenia would end any chance of England making it to the round of 16. England has two points after a 1-1 draw with the United States and a surprising 0-0 tie with Algeria.

England didn't qualify for the World Cup in 1974, 1978 and 1994. But when the English have made it, the team usually performs relatively well - losing in the semifinals in 1990, the quarterfinals in 1962, 1986, 2002 and 2006 and the second round in 1982 and 1998.
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Meanwhile, USA advances in the 91st minute... speaking of World Cup miracle.
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It is England-Germany now on Sunday.
The prize to the winner is, probably, Argentina.
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I agree that for all the miracles from unexpected teams (US, Mexico, Swiss, Algeria, Solvenia etc), we'll probably see some familiar names after the knockout round - Argentina (is this Diego's destiny?), Brazil (ugly but good), Portugal (my, they're nice to watch), Germany (never counted out). In the meantime I'm basking in the unusual feeling of being an American abroad with a *good* football team and real fans - anyone notice who was top of Group C? Our gift to the English and German fans :) .

But they are taking years off my life too - waiting for stoppage time to win?! (not their fault - they didn't concede an early goal and scored in the second half only to have another goal disallowed! My take on this is that all teams are gaining parity to the point that many can win or draw a match against the best *on a given day*. But you still need something extraordinary to do it over and over though the whole Cup.

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Germany just put in their second.

I think what sets them apart is their speed.
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Wow, Wow, Wow!!!

What a game.

Talking about speed, 3 out of 4 goals of Germany started near their own goal. The English guys didn't know what was happening to them.

Pity that most talking now about the game will be about the referees. FIFA must enter technology into the game. It is unbearable that on the highest stage, a "blind" referee (and it doesn't important why he didn't see) will have that kind of affect on the game.
I believe that Germany would have won even if it was 2-2 but this is so wrong.
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I'm not sure if we would have had the same result if the referee gave England the 2:2. Even as it was a great match and Germany showed a good performance. this decision leaves a very bitter taste behind.

I think with the referees this time the world cup has more troubles than the world cups before. Also remembering the "handplay" of the Brazilians

Shit happens, but this is too much. They really should allow the replays to be used for fair decisions.

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i agreed with you Peter...\

Just like the recently concluded World Cup Hockey at New Delhi, India. The federation had changed ther rule, where each team during a game, they were allowed to appeal for a replay on video where decisions were made by a video umpire.

However, should a decision went went against the appealling team, then the team would have lost all the appealling rights for the rest of the game. It had proven to be a successful tournament, where literally there were not controversy with the umpiring issue, including yellow or red cards.
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James & John...

If you look at England team carefully, actually there is nothing wrong with the backs as they hardly concede any goals,


No, OKD - there is NOTHING wrong with the England backs :twisted:

Terry had an appalling game (even by his low standards) and Upson was no better. The fact that Terry even gets a game, let alone is one of the first names on the teamsheet, is indicative of the state of the English game. Ferdinand might have helped stem the flow but not by much. Appalling errors by Barry too and as usual, the English midfield went MIA...and when the manager brings on Eeyore, sorry Heskey, when we are chasing the game, you know that things can't get any worse..and why the f*@k does Capello persist with 4-4-2???

Full credit to Germany - they did exactly what they had to do (and then some). Thomas Muller was outstanding. English football died (another) death today and was exposed as slow, unimaginative and technically inept. Will the FA do anything about it? Of course not, as long as we still have the wham,bam, thank you ma'am style of play in the Premier League (stacked with foreign players) and the money rolling in the doors, nothing will change.
« Last edit by James Lacey on Tue, 29 Jun 2010 02:32:30 +0000. »
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Hi James...

Just in case you have misundertood my previous statement. I made it so before the round of 16 games. My comment was based on the round-robin games.

Now the biz development ppl or potential investors will probably look at some other comp as they must be thinking to themselves that EPL was supposed to be "the best league" on earth, and yet the Englishmen failed to passed the marks / expectation.

I honestly don't know what Coppello had in his mind. I would have thought that he had learned it the hard way from the round-robin games, and do something drastic for the knock-out stage. Perhaps he had too much faith on his backs? I still can't get over that he left out Walcott, and picked Barry.

In terms of your comments about first name on teamsheets, I have been worrying about their depth of goalkeepers, rather than their backs. I like Jame's competitiveness and ability (as long as he doesn't loose his concentration), but England's No. 1 goalie comes from an almost bankrupt EPL wooden spooner club...that really speaks a lot about the talent in the EPL.

Well, they better start doing something now, as the Euro qualifier starts within months.


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OKD wrote
James & John...

If you look at England team carefully, actually there is nothing wrong with the backs as they hardly concede any goals,


No, OKD - there is NOTHING wrong with the England backs :twisted:

Terry had an appalling game (even by his low standards) and Upson was no better. The fact that Terry even gets a game, let alone is one of the first names on the teamsheet, is indicative of the state of the English game. Ferdinand might have helped stem the flow but not by much. Appalling errors by Barry too and as usual, the English midfield went MIA...and when the manager brings on Eeyore, sorry Heskey, when we are chasing the game, you know that things can't get any worse..and why the f*@k does Capello persist with 4-4-2???

Full credit to Germany - they did exactly what they had to do (and then some). Thomas Muller was outstanding. English football died (another) death today and was exposed as slow, unimaginative and technically inept. Will the FA do anything about it? Of course not, as long as we still have the wham,bam, thank you ma'am style of play in the Premier League (stacked with foreign players) and the money rolling in the doors, nothing will change.
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Jeroen Hoppenbrouwers wrote
I hope the neighbours won't throw things at our living room window now... my wife decided to Make The Statement...

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Too bad for Portugal, Jeroen. Hope your wife won't have too much work redecorating :) . I'm still mourning not being able to hold on against Ghana - again. Good luck to Netherlands. They've looked very steady so far; Brazil may be surprised.

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Thx. She has already removed the flag and is now preparing noisy activities to perform if when we lose against Brazil. :twisted:

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