Vital to see August as a 3 match mini tournament to get momentum and confidence ahead of a tough September and October.
It's that clear cut, out of the blocks in August with games we should be competitive in.
UP THE VILLA!
#GER creaking around the edges, lacking midfield energy and a cutting edge.
#FRA fresh, counter with devastating speed and Kante wins the ball back at a rate that guarantees attacking players are ready to move forward.
Never back against #GER but #FRA purring at the moment.
Sending you much love and best wishes John. Your Dad was an inspiration and the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree with you.
An unshakable faith plus an unyielding desire for a better future for all will see you through this.
Always here of you need anything. twitter.com/harryslaststan…
Matchday 2 v #SCO
My personal selection would be..
We need to find the half way line to 18 yard box formula. Phillips to Sterling was superb but we need a regular pipeline to Kane.
Phillips all round quality.
Mings as solid backup.
Rice positioning in good #CRO spells.
Foden on right.
Mount as creator in chief.
Kane drifting ( better teams will be delighted to see him 35 yards from goal)
Both fullbacks staying at home.
My Man of the Match.
Didn't just sit and pass sidewards, covered Rice well but wanted to get his head up and more importantly body into opponents half to affect outcomes.
Deserves licence to get forward with Mount sharing more responsibility for working back.
Foden wasted down right. Best work is from the left/centre left where instinct to find a pass better suited. Better options for right of 3.
Mount grafting but Phillips first foray into zone we're not good at exploiting showed what's needed. Spot pass, play it immediately.
Grealish for Foden, Sterling right, Grealish left.
Shaw for Trippier.
Encourage Phillips to look constantly for Mount and drag him more central, leave the left channel for Grealish and Shaw.
Kane dropping deep is ok, his stats back up his ability to create and score despite drifting too deep ( something strikers are warned off doing by coaches).
As long as someone replaces him in the space he leaves to remind #CRO back 4 that there's a threat regardless.
Per last tweet, if Foden and Mount aren't demanding and dominating forward movement carrying the ball, Kane will drift ever further away from #Cro goal as he does for Spurs.
That's fine if Sterling in particular goes into the vacated space, will create frustrations if not.
#ENG tournament issues for a long time have revolved around lacking creativity from half way line to opponents 18 yard box.
Thats not been a lack of midfield talent, it's a lack of speed of thought.
Need Mount and Foden more available centre of #Cro half.
Huge areas down #ENG left to exploit which should only become more pronounced as game goes on.
Disappointed we're not exploiting the right as much.
2 holders solid, Mount achiles heel is his preference to do best work centre-left rather than full width of pitch.
It's touching 30 degrees pitchside, he's gone for experience with durability to get to a point in the game where pace and skill comes off the bench( the theory) to take advantage of space from 60 mins on.
We'll soon see if it works. But that's the plan.
Imagine voting for a political party with a known racist as leader, 100+ years of bigotry and racism documented at its core, but you're "absolutely and utterly 100% not racist", but....
Can call Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford Marxists without irony.
You haven't paid attention to my feed then.
I wouldn't take the knee for the same reason I didn't boycott twitter for three days.
But these players are TELLING you why they are kneeling and yet again THE SAME PEOPLE are deciding what is and isn't acceptable anti racism. twitter.com/thevillalad/st…
The majority of England fans at Wembley tomorrow have to be members to get tickets.
If any boo after yet another clear statement from the players and FA, then membership should be revoked for those booing.
Enough yielding to these c***s, just withdraw their membership.
High level footballers play and live in a very extreme world.
There is nothing truer than everything melts away when you cross the line because you don't have time to think.
Many sportsmen have played days after personal tragedy, it's the difference that makes them pro. twitter.com/juliansheaspor…
Inconceivable that players would play unless they knew a friend and teammate was fundementally ok.
Likewise the Danish Football Union and likewise still, UEFA who's reputation would be finished if the perception was a game went ahead while a player was in peril.
Following the medical emergency involving Denmark’s player Christian Eriksen, a crisis meeting has taken place with both teams and match officials and further information will be communicated at 19:45 CET.
The player has been transferred to the hospital and has been stabilised.
Best organised tournament I've ever been to. Germany was fantastic!
Ale wasn't bad either ( German beer law, Google it).
#TUR 2 #ITA 2
Projected lineups from @Gazzetta_it
Italy front 3 👌🏽. 2 old warriors at the back but maybe a tournament too far(34/36)?
Turkey strength back 4, creative midfield. Yacizi/Yilmaz (35 now) the Lille duo expected to create and score.
Could be a corkecQ