Lakenheath Old Boys

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

A Day of International Football

It's a day of ill-advised friendlies to prepare for next week's vital European Championship qualifiers. England take on Norway this afternoon, with Wayne Rooney leading the team for the first time. There are some other surprises in the line-up, including the presence of John Stones debuting at right back. Join me around 2:45pm EST for all the dodgy link action, won't you?


27 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here's the line-up that Roy Hodgson has chosen for today's fixture:

England team: Hart, Stones, Jones, Cahill, Baines, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wilshere, Sterling, Sturridge, Rooney.

9:30 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm back after an especially tedious meeting to settle in and watch England v. Norway at Wemberley. Join me if you need a break as much as I do.

3:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Phil Jones is inches away from scoring from a corner with a looping header.

3:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-way through the first half and still no break-through. This is not a good sign for the vital qualifier coming up with Switzerland.

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

England honestly look a lot like a mid-table Premiership side, no better and no worse. They're missing that crucial spark that the big boys have.

3:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Meanwhile - Bedoya has given the US an away lead in the Czech Republic.

3:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sergio Aguero has given the Argies a 0-1 lead over the Germans.

3:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Denmark and Turkey are at 1-1. Nearly half-time there.

3:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lamela has added a second goal for the Argies.

3:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What a bore this match is!

3:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We should be rolling over this lot!

3:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on at the start of the second half now. A disappointing first half or the Three Lions. Let's hope for better in the second half.

4:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A real goalfest in Germany tonight. Fernandez and di Maria have added two more goals for the Argies and Schurrle has got one back.

1-4 there.

4:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The U.S. still hanging on to a slim lead in the Czech Republic.

4:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The US have held out for a really good win away from home in Europe. Are they better than England now?

4:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bloody hell - now Sturridge has picked up a knock. He's trudged off for treatment. Should be able to continue.

4:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wahey! Sterling turns on the jets and earns England a penalty. Dead cert.

4:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Without Frankie Lampard in the line-up, who takes the pens now? Looks like Roon.

4:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Comprehensive penalty from Rooney!

1-0 England!

4:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

He may be pants at World Cups but Roon's strike rate for England is second to none. That's 41 goals in 96 appearances now. He's now eclipsed Wee Mikey Owen and is only eight goals behind Bobby Charlton's elusive record of 49 goals.

4:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That was Roon's last touch - Cahill has taken over as skipper.

4:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Goetze has pulled another one back for Germany. 2-4 there.

4:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cahill is crocked now and is trudging off to be replacd by Phil Jagielka.

4:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Germany 2 Argentina 4 at full time.

The Republic have pulled off a 2-0 over Oman, for what it's worth.

4:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Into stoppage time now at Wemberley.

4:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Full-time: A really dull, boring 1-0 win then for England. Not really confidence-inspiring ahead of much tougher matches to come in qualifying. I've run out of patience with Hodgson - he should go now.

7:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. I watched the match last night and was really disappointed. England struggled against really poor opposition and only scored due to a penalty that resulted from a clumsy challenge . Better teams will not make those mistakes and will punish England for some of the defensive lapses that the Norwegians failed to do. I want Woy out too, but the problem is who will replace him.? It doesn't look promising.

2:15 PM  

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