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  1. So you want an unfair advantage to qualify then?
  2. Why not? Have a calculation that you have x amount of teams in your confederation and have a percentage qualify. Therefore you get a percentage that is fair. South America has 12 countries and has 4 places, while africa has 56 countries and only 5 qualifiers.
  3. Teams are seeded for the World Cup/Euros/CL qualifying and then seeded again for the main competition. In the real world this would be seen as malpractice if a business/company/individual was given preferential treatment. It makes a mockery of stats too. You hear that Roger Federer has the record of reaching 36 consecutive quarter finals, of course he has, he doesn't play anyone decent until then. We hear that a team, lets use England, has qualified for the World Cup by winning 8 and drawing 2 so they must be a favourite. They will have played one semi decent team, two bang average teams and two village sides to do that. is it time for all names in a hat and have a REAL 'Group of Death'. And also allow the chance of Andorra to reach a finals......
  4. Mental fatigue and checkout after a long season kicking a ball around with your mates on sh!tloads of money? Are you fishing for a response? if you are, ok here goes... Try working a minimum wage job, trying to pay rent, feed and clothe your family etc. Then talk to us about mental fatigue and stress over a year. As you can tell I have little sympathy for these footballers and the way they are talked about needing rest and a holiday after a long season. I absolutely understand that they have different pressures and stress, but at the level we are talking about and the wages involved, kicking a ball around for a living looks like a nice option to me.
  5. i don't think any major teams would be after him. I would mainly agree that him and his coaches have more tactical knowledge than us mere mortals, but would love to know the reasoning behind taking Saka off and replacing with Maguire while losing.
  6. Let's have a look at this fallacy of footballers being tired. They play football once, sometimes twice a week and train for a few hours a day in between. If they are tired it is down to overtraining. What I can subscribe to, is players carrying injuries and not getting the recuperation they need to recover.
  7. defending players who make a moral choice to support a movement that is pro civil rights as opposed to people booing is not left v right. its right v wrong...
  8. he's toast then.... unless we get another kind draw where the big boys are in the other half and we don't play anybody decent until the semi's
  9. Absolutely disagree. These are players who are hoping to be picked to play at a World Cup, they should be out there trying to impress the manager. And the established players should be leading by example. It would be better if we didn't play in a competition we have no respect for rather than have dis-interested players making a mockery of playing for the national team. if this was a one off result, sh!t happens, but they haven't really performed well for a team that thinks they can win a world cup.
  10. These are 'professional' players. If they can't get themselves up for every time they pull on the England shirt, then maybe they shouldn't be playing. You can't pick and choose when you try, especially at that level....
  11. We won't win a tournament with Stones and Maguire, they are both a mistake waiting to happen. they need an outstanding partner to make them look good. Stones' manager hasn't the faith in him so why should England? and maguire has had a pig of a season, why man utd paid that much money for him, i'll never work out....
  12. England are regressing to their level. They had two kind draws in the last two major tournaments and went further than they really should've. A good result in Qatar would be quarter finals, on this form i'd just be happy to get out of the group...
  13. Second? not expecting england to qualify then?
  14. Congratulations to the winners. But getting a trophy? For finishing 4th? Should just get a cheque, or a big piggy bank.....
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