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Darandio

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The winner of the England game gets a much harder reward in the next round, a draw might suit England.

I wonder what happened last time we got a favourable draw in the last-16 of Euro 2016........

Win the group and get home advantage.
 

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ITV4 might just be getting decent audience figures just now South of the Border.
 

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FT: Croatia 3 Scotland 1.

Scotland did play gamely and weren't disgraced but the Croatians were just that bit better and had a far sharper cutting edge up front.

Would the absent Billy Gilmour have made a difference?
 

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Ah, b****cks!

FT: Croatia 3 Scotland 1.

Scotland did play gamely and weren't disgraced but the Croatians were just that bit better and had a far sharper cutting edge up front.

Would the absent Billy Gilmour have made a difference?
Did you have to bold it?! :)
 

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FT: Croatia 3 Scotland 1.

Scotland did play gamely and weren't disgraced but the Croatians were just that bit better and had a far sharper cutting edge up front.

Would the absent Billy Gilmour have made a difference?
For consistency sake I think it would have been nice to have him, and they played well together on Friday but Croatia were all over us, particularly in the second half. I think Scotland lose either way unfortunately.
 

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Ah now it's the serious teams we face... Croatia are a shadow of their 2018 final squad just three years on.
 

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The england game was margianlly better but we are still lacking in verve, pace, directness, incicisve passing and are overly cautious.

A good side will beat us easily
 

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The england game was margianlly better but we are still lacking in verve, pace, directness, incicisve passing and are overly cautious.

A good side will beat us easily
I dunno, I could see us "doing a Greece", basically S-housing our way to the final with dour 1-0 wins! :lol:
 

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Its always nice winning, but I wish England would score more than one goal in a match for a change
 

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I thought we were positive in the first half, Bukayo Saka was a revelation and Grealish fully justifying his starting position. Second half we reverted to type a bit, but there was little need to press forward and risk being beaten on the counter attack, as Czech Rep have pace but fairly limited quality in through passing. A pretty solid defensive action to shepherd the win.

Obviously we don’t know who we get in the next round yet, but in terms of opponents;
Against France - can see a cagey boring defensive England display, and a couple of French goals.
Against Germany - a more traditional attack/counter-attack display, could go either way.
Against Portugal - similar to Germany, but the Ronaldo factor could decide things.
(It won’t be Hungary.)

Personally I hope we get Portugal or Germany and the opportunity to avenge some old wounds.
 

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I thought we were positive in the first half, Bukayo Saka was a revelation and Grealish fully justifying his starting position. Second half we reverted to type a bit, but there was little need to press forward and risk being beaten on the counter attack, as Czech Rep have pace but fairly limited quality in through passing. A pretty solid defensive action to shepherd the win.

Obviously we don’t know who we get in the next round yet, but in terms of opponents;
Against France - can see a cagey boring defensive England display, and a couple of French goals.
Against Germany - a more traditional attack/counter-attack display, could go either way.
Against Portugal - similar to Germany, but the Ronaldo factor could decide things.
(It won’t be Hungary.)

Personally I hope we get Portugal or Germany and the opportunity to avenge some old wounds.

It’s a strange one isn’t it?
We’re all probably sitting here thinking about the various different scenarios with the next game, but I just don’t know if it’s possible to call it.
It’s just never relaxing is it? :lol:
 

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I thought we were positive in the first half, Bukayo Saka was a revelation and Grealish fully justifying his starting position. Second half we reverted to type a bit, but there was little need to press forward and risk being beaten on the counter attack, as Czech Rep have pace but fairly limited quality in through passing. A pretty solid defensive action to shepherd the win.

Obviously we don’t know who we get in the next round yet, but in terms of opponents;
Against France - can see a cagey boring defensive England display, and a couple of French goals.
Against Germany - a more traditional attack/counter-attack display, could go either way.
Against Portugal - similar to Germany, but the Ronaldo factor could decide things.
(It won’t be Hungary.)

Personally I hope we get Portugal or Germany and the opportunity to avenge some old wounds.
Betting on an English loss in the round of 16 is almost a sure-fire way of making money. The current England team is very poor and seems incapable of scoring many goals.
 

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France will beat England for sure. I’m not certain about Portugal, who rely too heavily on Ronaldo, and Germany are the weakest they’ve been for a long time. It’s been a low quality tournament so far with only Italy looking capable or deserving of winning the whole tournament.
 
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They’ve never got out of a group even when he was playing. Or with Graeme Souness. Or Denis Law. Or…….

You can't rely on 9 or so mediocre players with the odd good one thrown in to make it up to 11. Yes a couple of the current Scotland squad are good (e.g.
Robertson, Gilmour) but they are surrounded by quality players at their clubs.
 

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You can't rely on 9 or so mediocre players with the odd good one thrown in to make it up to 11. Yes a couple of the current Scotland squad are good (e.g.
Robertson, Gilmour) but they are surrounded by quality players at their clubs.
Agreed. And that was sort of my point: Scotland have had far better teams in the past and got no further than the group stage, even with the names I mentioned or, indeed, the 1967 European Cup winning team.
 

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Kenny Dalglish might have. Even at his current age :E
Did they qualify for the second round of a tournament when he was in his pomp?

(checks notes)

No.

BTW - Gilmour isn't even that good. Nor is McGinn. They are solid. No more. Robertson is the only player of note in the Scotland team. You wont get anywhere with a bang average championship level forward line and a team of chuggers.

and Germany are the weakest they’ve been for a long time.

weak or not they are German and playing at a tournament. They will beat us. Probably on penalties. We wont beat France and i doubt we beat Portugal or Germany.

not sure how Wales get such a cushy number mind!

EDIT: Better news - both England and Wales last 16 games to be shown on BBC! Removes the IT curse
 
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Is it just me, or does anyone else expect the ITV commentator to start singing "The Camptown Races" whenever he mentions the Slovak forward Duda?
 
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