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    The World Cup

    Now that the football season is over, thoughts turn to the World Cup..!

    Struggling to get excited about this. Thankfully Iím not English as Iíd be struggling to get excited about this squad.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44138600

    Whatís peopleís thoughts on it? Whose your tip to win it? Which team will disappoint? Whose your dark horses that will probably go out in the first round?


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    I have said for a while I think Nigeria will do well. No real reasoning behind it just a hunch. Then they drew probably the worst group in Argentina, Iceland and Croatia so could easily be over by group stages for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David_D View Post
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    I have said for a while I think Nigeria will do well. No real reasoning behind it just a hunch. Then they drew probably the worst group in Argentina, Iceland and Croatia so could easily be over by group stages for me.
    Loving the Nigerian kits. They should get a goal start for the quality of them

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    Quote Originally Posted by LustForLeith View Post
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    Now that the football season is over, thoughts turn to the World Cup..!

    Struggling to get excited about this. Thankfully Iím not English as Iíd be struggling to get excited about this squad.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44138600

    Whatís peopleís thoughts on it? Whose your tip to win it? Which team will disappoint? Whose your dark horses that will probably go out in the first round?
    Iíd like to say Morocco and Iran will impress as dark horses, but given they are both with Spain and Portugal I canít see both progressing. Iran have Carlos Queiroz as coach and have a very impressive qualification record and are bringing through both creative and goal scoring players now to go with their miserly defence.

    I donít know whoíll win it but Iíd wager Germany wonít be far away.

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    I think the action off the pitch will be more exciting than the action on it.

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    I see the England squad is being slated by many already. Squads of yesteryear went with great expectations and failed miserably, this one has no chance apparently and will probably fail miserably. No difference really, I hope we do well, we probably won't. I love the WC though and hope Brazil live up to expectations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IGRIGI View Post
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    I think the action off the pitch will be more exciting than the action on it.
    I was thinking the same but Iím sure on the ITV documentary the other night there was a Russian hooligan who said 90 per cent of Russian hooligans have signed an agreement not to cause trouble.

    So that puts paid to that then

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Hibby View Post
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    I see the England squad is being slated by many already. Squads of yesteryear went with great expectations and failed miserably, this one has no chance apparently and will probably fail miserably. No difference really, I hope we do well, we probably won't. I love the WC though and hope Brazil live up to expectations.
    I really donít mind if England win it as it will give them something to talk about other than 1966. Thereís very little chance they will with that squad though. There seems to be a lot of defenders it midfielders who play in defence.

    Brazil need to make up for the embarrassment of the last one where they stumbled around until they got hammered off Germany. Was it Fred who touched the ball three times and two of them were from kick offs in one match?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Hibby View Post
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    I see the England squad is being slated by many already. Squads of yesteryear went with great expectations and failed miserably, this one has no chance apparently and will probably fail miserably. No difference really, I hope we do well, we probably won't. I love the WC though and hope Brazil live up to expectations.
    I was just saying to my mate today that in all the years I can remember, this could be the "worst" England squad to head to a major tournament. Imagine it this was the time they went and done something??

    As it is, Brazil, Germany, Spain, France and Argentina all wipe the floor with them in knockout football imo

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    Quote Originally Posted by LustForLeith View Post
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    I was thinking the same but Iím sure on the ITV documentary the other night there was a Russian hooligan who said 90 per cent of Russian hooligans have signed an agreement not to cause trouble.

    So that puts paid to that then
    I predict a Ďgoadingí, then.

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    Fancy Egypt as the dark horses.

    I donít think theyíll win it but think they might sneak into the latter stages, theyíve got a goal scorer in Salah so anything is possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenNWhiteArmy View Post
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    I was just saying to my mate today that in all the years I can remember, this could be the "worst" England squad to head to a major tournament. Imagine it this was the time they went and done something??

    As it is, Brazil, Germany, Spain, France and Argentina all wipe the floor with them in knockout football imo
    Was saying this to the lad at work. Expectation is low, pressure should be off.

    They should be home by the second round. Quarters at best.

    Anyone know what their ďroute to the finalĒ could be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Hibby View Post
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    I see the England squad is being slated by many already. Squads of yesteryear went with great expectations and failed miserably, this one has no chance apparently and will probably fail miserably. No difference really, I hope we do well, we probably won't. I love the WC though and hope Brazil live up to expectations.
    I'm not sure why it's being slated, I think it's the best picks given the circumstances and Southgate knows the players really well. It actually looks balanced - a few youngsters and a few older players, but the vast majority firmly in their prime.

    They are light on international caps but the outfield squad is massively weighted with players from top-six clubs with plenty European experience.

    Alexander-Arnold is maybe the biggest surprise but he's going to be a Champions League finalist and shown up for Liverpool in the big games. Lallana would have been a certainty with a few more games this season, Southgate is a big admirer but not reckless, hence him being on stand-by. Wilshere is probably the most talented English midfielder as it stands but simply hasn't played enough games, pure and simple and I say that as an Arsenal fan.

    Some scary-looking squads in the tournament - Germany and Brazil in particular and the Argentinian attack is formidable.
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    Fancy France to win it this year. Got the best squad around.
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    I don't know much about the England squad, but I did see Danny Welbeck live twice last season and thought he was very poor. Maybe just a bad 2 European games?

    Anyway, come on Sweden!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bingo70 View Post
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    Fancy Egypt as the dark horses.

    I donít think theyíll win it but think they might sneak into the latter stages, theyíve got a goal scorer in Salah so anything is possible.
    They are a decent side, think they will do well

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    I'm out for this one. They should just let the sponsors play off for the best adverts then let the best bribes play off for 3rd and 4th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swedish hibee View Post
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    I don't know much about the England squad, but I did see Danny Welbeck live twice last season and thought he was very poor. Maybe just a bad 2 European games?

    Anyway, come on Sweden!!!
    Welbeck has had a bitty season but I think he's got the most international goals of anybody in the squad and only he and Kane have reached double figures for England.

    He averages a goal every two and a half caps or so, and he's scored against a real mix of decent teams and some cannon fodder but a lot of his caps have been from the bench so his goals per minute ratio is better than the 15 goals in 37 caps suggests.

    Regardless, he seems to score more regularly at international level than at club level and you can't really argue with that - he gets goals in an England shirt and that's what Southgate needs.
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    but the winner shall come from either one of

    Spain
    Germany
    Brazil


    Belgium the dark horse

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    but the winner shall come from either one of

    Spain
    Germany
    Brazil


    Belgium the dark horse
    Surely Belgium canít be considered dark horses? They must be one of the favourites.

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    Would love Messi to get a world cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bingo70 View Post
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    Surely Belgium canít be considered dark horses? They must be one of the favourites.



    i thought i had actually deleted that before posting

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    Germany for me, they're just so good collectively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Hibby View Post
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    I see the England squad is being slated by many already. Squads of yesteryear went with great expectations and failed miserably, this one has no chance apparently and will probably fail miserably. No difference really, I hope we do well, we probably won't. I love the WC though and hope Brazil live up to expectations.
    Personally I think it is a pretty decent squad who could do reasonably well.

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    Winner for me will come from either Spain (my favourites) Germany or France, perhaps Brazil.

    As for England, they will emerge from the group stage and will lose in either first or second knockout match. England will have done ok to get to the quarter finals, wouldnt expect anymore.

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    I was flicking through the Bollah family Panini sticker album today, and I was struck by what good players Colombia have. They had a good run last time with basically the same squad so they have tournament nous now, i think they could surprise and get to the semis.

    Spain will win it.

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    Iíve a sneaky feeling Roberto Martinez could get the Arsenal job. Has Thierry Henry on his coaching staff with Belgium too. if they do well at World Cup, he may be in demand and given his age, would imagine heíd look at getting back into a club management job. Although that would mean Arsenal waiting until after WC to appoint a manager and imagine they would have someone in place before that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Hibby View Post
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    I see the England squad is being slated by many already. Squads of yesteryear went with great expectations and failed miserably, this one has no chance apparently and will probably fail miserably. No difference really, I hope we do well, we probably won't. I love the WC though and hope Brazil live up to expectations.
    I'd say England are the dark horses - less expectation than ever but still with a strong squad.

    They've done what they've needed to do for decades - ditched the players hanging around on reputation alone rather than form or ability.

    The defence looks too suspect to win the thing, but they have loads of pace, a goal scorer in Kane and a decent amount of big game experience.

    Watching this Europa League final is getting me in the mood for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smartie View Post
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    I'd say England are the dark horses - less expectation than ever but still with a strong squad.

    They've done what they've needed to do for decades - ditched the players hanging around on reputation alone rather than form or ability.

    The defence looks too suspect to win the thing, but they have loads of pace, a goal scorer in Kane and a decent amount of big game experience.

    Watching this Europa League final is getting me in the mood for it.
    England look good going forward but no goalie, ropey centre backs and full backs who can't defend.

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    Fancy France to win it this year. Got the best squad around.
    Best haircuts and best swagger as well. They deserve a goal start too

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