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I'm sorry to hear that. It can always happen but it is less likely to happen if both players are committed, know what is around them, are correctly balanced and don't hesitate while running.
I haven't watched any whole matches during the 1970's and 80's so I may not be able to provide the analysis that you are looking for.
I think the FA and English setup are trying very hard to implement attacking football at every level. Stuart Pearce also tried to at the European Championships, but the players did not know what to do and were awful in the final third. We need to show real belief and this system, stick by it and I think it will reap huge rewards. We are behind many other countries in this department so it will take time. For now, England do not have enough players that are quick, precise and confident on the ball.
I think issue of racism is being a little exaggerated, but that is right and should work for the benefit of our country. Racism absolutely needs to be regarded with zero tolerance in football and society and we need to send that clear message out. Sometimes I think people are pushing the limit a little with friendly 'banter' to each other sometimes, and this does disturb me, but on the whole, not really; no one ever gets picked on because of their background.
I will also say that England is nothing like other European countries; who have a tradition of hating each other. For example, the Irish generally hate England and the English. The English laugh about it but do not share the same kind of hate. I visit Slovakia, an Eastern European country, very often as my Dad owns a house there. They seem to never stop ranting about how much they hate the gypsies who live in the country, and they keep on making references to other countries and stereotyping their citizens and their attitudes as a form of humour. I would like to think that England, as a country, are better than that.
I think in order for England to improve, they need to revamp their system from youth levels to senior. It seems they are making some progress in doing so; I really hope they stick to their morals and teach young players how to use the ball. This has been England's problem for a very long time. I am optimistic.
I don't really want to predict what we will achieve in the next decade because football always surprises you must I am confident that we are making steps of progress.
I feel optimistic about next summer as England have a lot of very good players, some of the younger players like Wilfried Zaha may have hit their prime. I am also a believer of Roy Hodgson; he is very tactically adept, knows what he is doing and contrary to what everyone says, it is not like England play unattractive football every game. I think that the FA are really prioritising this tournament and setting very high standards.
Our young players are exceptional but I can't make predictions that vast because most of these players still need a lot of development and I do not work with them.
The information about your school sounds interesting. You must be proud to be a student of that school. Do you do participate in any sporting activities which do not include the ongoing uncertainty with your football team? I also saw on Facebook that you hurt yourself in football of some sort at your school, I am sorry for any potential trouble that it might have caused.
The article you posted me is very well-written; it is quite humorous in some parts. It includes a lot of detail which I didn't know myself. It is a very fascinating article, thanks for sending it to me.
Thanks for the messages and all of the continous feedback. It has been enjoyable as you say.
I thought Stuart Pearce again picked the wrong lineup; no need to drop all of the players who played the worst because most of them are better than the players they replaced and the effect will demoralise the players that were dropped. I am a very big fan of squad rotation, but that does not count as squad rotation to me. We would have had a much better chance with Wickham or Sordell at center forward than Zaha.
The funny aspect of that game was that as Allan Jiang rightly pointed out, Norway were not Italy and they were not actually all that stunning. I thought England were worse against Norway than they were against Italy; I will grant them the benefit of the doubt in regards to being better at passing the ball sideways, but they had no idea what to do in the final third, whereas Norway did, their defending and marking was also very amateur in that game. At least against Italy they had a decent wide threat in Redmond doing something while on that ball. It was fustrating.
Norway, on the other hand, were not spectacular, but defended well in deep areas and were clincial in the final third. This alone won them the game.
Always nice to talk to you, Jerry.
Thanks a lot, Jerry. What you have posted means a lot to me.
I would definitely recommend looking at the sites soon because they provide you with a lot more access to football games and shows than you would have otherwise. I use these websites all the time.
I have nothing wrong with you having an interest in my culture, general lifestyle in this area and generally, people of a certain domain. I can see why it interests you. To be honest I never really think about percentages of people of different ethnic groups, origins or skin colour; that is mostly because in England it is so common of people to be so paranoid about this that nobody really talks about it in a serious fashion. I have grown up with and through this general consensus, so I am used to it. It is a shame in a way really because it would be very interesting if people told us about their origins, as I'm sure plenty of people have very interesting and noteworthy backgrounds, but in a way English society is a bit too ignorant to think this way.
Don't worry; I'm not offended by that. You are absolutely right and if I was, I would post a lot more on Facebook because people who think this way will undoubtedly want more attention than others.
Thanks again, Jerry. I know I am encountering someone I like in you because you are really passionate about what you love, you do not mind being different, you are a sensible person and you pay a lot of attention to detail in many aspects. I think the last sentence you wrote is probably the biggest compliment that I have ever had from outside my family to be honest, so thank you.
Sorry for not answering the latter question ASAP.
Of course I find girls in my year pretty; who wouldn't. A lot of them make a huge effort to be pretty and it wouldn't be true justice to suggest that they are not.
However, as of yet, I have not been in a relationship. I am just not interested to be honest. My prioirty is to get on as well as possible with all students and to achieve as higher grade possible in my GCSE's. I would only consider if I really wanted to spend a lot of time with her and that would only realistically be the case if she had a lot in common with me and had the same priorities as me.
Have you been looking at my friends on Facebook by any chance? If so, what is your overall impression?
Dear God, these Kevin Strootman rumors are taking forever to resolve themselves. We had better get him, I mean, he is of such a fantastic quality. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind Marco van Ginkel (THAT NAME IS AMAZING!) coming to us, as Allan mentioned could possibly happen. Regarding Garay, I never truly fancied him, especially when he was at Madrid (see, in my FIFA 10 Manager Mode, where they would give people ENORMOUS potential, I mean like Ronaldo to 99, Casillas to 99, Ozil to 99, me to 99, etc., he didn't have that high of a potential). He is a good player, but I doubt he is Manchester United quality. If we were to look at CBs, I would want Kurt Zouma, or someone from the youth system. I wonder if Powell or Januzaj may get more playing time under Moyes next year. And did you hear about Arsenal saying they have enough for Rooney? It is honestly a little bit funny I have to say. Why would you want to leave?
Thanks a lot, Jerry.
I have not ruled out England winning the tournament; anything is possible. For all we know England could get Russia in the next round and Norway or Israel in the final. Even if that doesn't happen, I am confident that England will improve.
Of course I am optimistic; there is no reason not to be. I have a feeling that the views people have about England not producing enough talent will change when Wilfried Zaha, Ross Barkley, Craig Dawson, Nathaniel Chalobah, Jack Butland, Will Hughes, Jordan Henderson etc reach their prime. You must also take into account the EPPP, as I am confident that they will ensure higher standards in youth football.
I find the statement about English coaches a little insulting. I'm not stereotyping every English coach in the world as Stuart Pearce and it would be very ignorant if you were doing so. Roy Hodgson, Harry Redknapp, Ian Holloway and Sam Allardyce are great examples of fine English coaches. Maybe they do lack a bit in numbers but think the statement you made was very drastic and untrue. If you have ever heard Steve McClaren talk, you would most likely be impressed.
Well done for the achievement. How much schools were you competing against?
Have you checked any of the websites I have sent you yet?
Thanks again for the post.
I really didn't. I echo Allan Jiang's thoughts; England were absolutely awful. Even Stuart Pearce admitted it after the game.
England looked very, very nervous, did not create anything, could not cope with the movement if the Italian players and they really looked a class above us. Even though Stuart Pearce was honest enough to admit this in the interview, I was disappointed that he did not apologise to the fans or at least partly blame himself for the result and the performance because England did not look physically or mentally prepared for the game, did not have a game plan to deal with the Italians defensively and resorted to long balls to Wickham in an attacking sense. Shocking.
As bad as the performance was, however, England could have easily got something out of this game. They had a perfectly legitimate goal disallowed from Craig Dawson for a non-existent foul, while the goal came from a stupid free-kick given away on the edge of the box by Nathaniel Clyne (he had a torrid afternoon up against Florenzi), which Jack Butland should have saved. Saying that, Italy also had a stonewall penalty denied, so this information can be interpreted either way in the context of the game.
As long as winning is theoretically possible, I would not rule it out with the squad we have got. We have you got to be so much better in every other game. I'm not sure if Pearce is the right man for them long term, however, as England or Great Britain have heavily disappointed at almost every tournament that they have been to, he is not the most tactically adept with the huge group of players that he has got and he does not call up the right players. How have players like Nathan Delfouneso and Jason Lowe been called up and players like Will Hughes and Ross Barkley not? Not only are the latter two miles ahead in terms of development, it would make the squad much more balanced.
I also think Pearce picked completely the wrong line-up for the Italy game; There is no comparison whatsoever between Jason Lowe and Nathaniel Chalobah, I do not know what he was thinking having Jonjo Shelvey as the team key playmaker because that is such an important role and Shelvey not only frequently makes the wrong decision in key areas, he also is not very mature and does not work very hard, to put it lightly. I'm also heavily concerned that he put Marvin Sordell out wide while Connor Wickham up front; Wickham is immensely talented but things are not going too well for him at the moment and his off the ball running is frankly awful. Against a team that's focus is on high pressing like Italy, you need to try to run behind the defence at any opportunity and that's why I think any manager with a decent tactical nous would have at least realised this and preferably started Sordell in that area.
As for the viewing problem, can't you stream games using the internet? I'll give you a few sites; tell me if they work: www.vipstand.net, www.nkora.net, www.thefirstrow.eu, www.eplsite.com, www.matchhighlight.com, http://www.footballorgin.com/search/label/premier%20league, http://livefootballvideo.com/fullmatch. The final three of these links will show you full match replays of almost any match you will want if you can access. I am aware that the FirstRow website ends with '.eu', but it's a website that I am familiar with and I just want you to tell me how it goes.
I have seen him in the Premier League, in the Championship and I think I have seen him at England youth level. By the way, are you watching England U21's V Italy U21's tomorrow evening?
He has had a few injury problems, according to David Moyes, but this season he has been playing fairly regularly, whether that was for Everton or Leeds or Sheffield Wednesday on loan. He reminds me a bit of Wayne Rooney at times with his playing style, although he is not as strong, does not have quite as much endurance and does not have as much composure.
He has loads of pace, his technical ability and vision are fantastic, he is quite well-built and is strong on the ball. He also offers endless work rate and seems very level-headed, if you judge by interviews and reports, unlike Rooney.
He haven't watched him that regularly but I saw his potential as soon as I saw him. He definitely has some areas to improve but I really do think he could develop into a world-class player.
I know that both of them are on and I know that England are in both of them.
England are under expectation to do very weel in both due to their strong squads. Hopefully if you see those tournaments, you will get a glimpse of the ability of players such as Wilfried Zaha, Nathaniel Chalobah, Jack Robinson, Jack Butland, Conor Coady, Gael Brigimana, Eric Dier and many others. This is na really impressive crop of youngsters and hopefully if they turn out as expected, there will be more English players in the Premier League. This is the way to involve more English players; develop them into a higher class and not make foreign players just suffer as a result of our arrogance. If we did the latter it would be damaging for the reputation of our society and it would be very unfair on foreign players; a lot of them are a bonus to our league, have very high levels of playing ability and therefore should be welcome to our league.
Obviously the u-21 squad will have a better and more experienced squad; there is a reason why the England u-21 team allow people of an older age in than the under-20s. I am very impressed a both sets of youngsters and I think it would be dissapointing if none of the two one their respective competitions, to be honest. English football is progressing and this is a real step up. I could see a lot of these players making it in the Premier League.
I will try to watch as much as possible of both competitions; not just England. You should try to watch them too, if possible. It would teach you a lot about topics and players which you are very eager to learn about.
Thank you Jerry for that last wish.