Let's be straight here if Vardy had come on after the 1st goal he could've easily killed the game off, Kane had an off-day today and for some reason he didn't take him off and make the correct option in bringing Vardy (who has much more pace to get in behind their slow defense) on. TBH if we ever had any chance of scoring again after Russia's goal then I think the decision to bring Sterling off killed that chance.We don't have to find a scapegoat. We don't have to blame the manager. Russia had one chance in the last minute and they took it, it doesn't mean that we did anything wrong at the end.
Those substitutions were a disgrace, why on gods earth would you take off the best player on the pitch, the captain and leader off when your defending a lead and im sure Milner is Hodgson's love child or something cos he always seems to get a run at some stage despite being terribly shit and lost the ball which eventually lead to the goal. Its such a shame because we played well and controlled the game for 90 mins but individual mistakes and poor substitutions cost us.
I got slated on here for saying Milner was less than brilliant and wanting shot of him.
I'm still annoyed about last night. It was an encouraging performance and I do like the way Roy set us up, but it all counts for nothing if we don't win. After all, I thought we played well against Italy and Uruguay at the last World Cup, but look how that turned out.
I mean, I don't think people realise how bad that Russia side are and yet we couldn't score from open play. From 60 mins onwards when it was still level, it was blatantly obvious something needed changing - yet Kane somehow stayed on, as did Alli, and Sterling lasted 20 minutes longer than he should have done. And not to bring Vardy on after we went ahead was just ridiculous - why even bother including him in the squad if he's not going to bring him on in that situation? 1-0 up against a slow side who are naturally going to push higher up the pitch - it's simple stuff.
Spot on. We played well and we were unlucky. English fans love to find someone to blame and moan at. Beat Wales and everything's looking rosy again.We don't have to find a scapegoat. We don't have to blame the manager. Russia had one chance in the last minute and they took it, it doesn't mean that we did anything wrong at the end.
We've played one game so far. Yes we should have won but moan if we don't qualify from the group not after one game which incidentally we didn't lose.I knew we were in trouble when Hodgson was named as manager I did not think he was any good . I have always questioned his judgement . When he named his squad I thought he had made a mistake taking players not fully fit .not taking Townsend an out and out winger who can cross and shoot accurately .Tonight it all proved to be correct .Lallana as the wide player taking the corners and shots on goal were all a joke .why was he not off and Vardy on he couldn't be any worse when we had only 20 minutes to go why change things around . we started to drop deeper and deeper .taking one fast wide player who is causing problems for Russia not letting them push every one forward .To replace him with a slow defensive midfielder who has been beaten very easily this season by opposition midfielders congesting the centre and freeing the opposing wide men to push on .I could see the goal coming and was screaming for the final whistle as I could see us getting beaten then it happened they scored our defence looked a mess . after that I am now worried about the wales game .Is this going to be another failure going out at the group stages again .I have been lucky enough to have been to England games in the past I've watched the joy of the 66 word cup win and heart break of Italia 90 but those managers knew what they were doing same team set up like player swapped for like player , same formation same tactics .But Hodgson ?
Just looking at qualifiers from our group's potential round of 16 opponents. We need to beat Wales and Slovakia because if we don't, we could end up playing Portugal or Austria at best - and Spain or Germany at worst.
edited for arrogance - I would genuinely just like to see us win a game of tournament football at this stage, like Wales
I'd rather avoid Portugal because we all know how that one ends, and Austria are the Belgium of this tournament according to The Hipsters. Is the 1-0 win over Ecuador in 2006 the last time we won a knockout game? Goodness me.Was looking at this myself last night. 3rd place in the group is basically asking for us to be eliminated next round (if we're lucky enough to get through then anyway). Portugal or Austria isn't the worst draw in the world, although knowing us we'd make it go all the way to extra time and crash out annoyingly. Winning the group looks much more favourable.
He was getting hammered in the rural Oxfordshire pub I was in, but I think that was because he's black tbh.CAN YOU BELIEVE STERLING COST 49MIL OR WHATEVER IT WAS??
A dog chasing its tail looks more like it knows what it's doing.
I thought England played well, certainly deserved to win. Not a disaster at all, drawing against Russia. Really should play Kane off one of Sturridge/Vardy though.
Shame about the scenes before, during and after the game though.