Lakenheath Old Boys

We are all former students at Lakenheath High School and other public schools in East Anglia. We were in school in the 70s and 80s and drank deeply from the well of British culture of those decades - the pints, the telly, and of course the footie!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Day 11 - Group B Wraps Up!

I'm posting this image from our Euro 2012 reunion at WHR's house to give England luck today.

Everything's up for grabs this afternoon as Group B wraps up. England sit on 4 points at the top of the group and need at least a draw against Slovakia to qualify automatically. They need to equal Wales' efforts against Russia in order to top the group. All four sides, including Russia on one point currently, have a chance to qualify for the Round of 16 depending on other results.

Join me for all the Group B action this afternoon.

228 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, chaps. News out of Blighty that Woy Hodgson is resting at least Wayne Rooney, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker. Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Clyne will deputize for the fullbacks. Nervy move given that England haven't qualified yet.

11:13 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Eric Dier is the only England midfielder to survive. Jordan Henderson will replace Rooney, Jack Wilshere, Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy replace Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and my Golden Boot boy Harry Kane.

11:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

So, six changes for England as they face Slovakia this evening in St. Etienne. Here's the team news:

England: Hart, Clyne, Cahill, Smalling, Bertrand, Henderson,
Dier, Wilshere, Lallana, Vardy, Sturridge.

Subs: Forster, Walker, Rose, Milner, Sterling, Kane, Rooney, Stones, Barkley, Alli, Rashford, Heaton.

Slovakia: Kozacik, Pekarik, Skrtel, Durica, Hubocan, Kucka, Pecovsky, Hamsik, Mak, Duda, Weiss.

Subs: Mucha, Gyomber, Gregus, Sestak, Stoch, Nemec, Hrosovsky, Skriniar, Salata, Svento, Duris, Novota.

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)

2:26 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Afternoon Bob,
I got someone to watch my last period of the day so i have made it home before kick off
Already changed...not in an England shirt.. and ready for the match
Not sure about the line up... are we saying to Slovakia...you're not that good....they are!!
England in red

COME ON ENGLAND

2:46 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I am sitting in my spot with Tom sitting in your seat. Matt is on the couch with Paul. Another fried is coming over too
I have moved the computer into the living room
Have the Watch ESPN on the computer screen for the Wales match.
It is delayed but I will be able to see the other match

2:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice one, mate - welcome!!!

2:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I agree with you about the changes - I might have made some changes for form but it seems risky to rest players when we haven't qualified for the next round yet.

2:51 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

We are close
If Italy don't lose to Ireland we are thru
England are already better than Group A's third place

2:52 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

COME ON ENGLAND
COME ON ENGLAND
COME ON ENGLAND

2:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Let's hope that Ian Darke and Macca are a bit more positive today.

2:53 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Watch ESPN is behind about a minute or so but I will still follow it

2:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

So what's the safe bet here - two draws?

2:54 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Site of the famous England Argentina battle in 98 best know for Owens's goal and Beckham's flick!


Out come the teams

Link seems to have caught up

2:55 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Can't believe one that did keep his place is lalana

2:56 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

England three up by half time please

2:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'll take that one, mate.

2:58 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Link is still behind

2:58 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Spanish referee

Slovakia have 6 players on yellows but that doesn't matter to England

2:59 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Slovakia beat Spain in qualifying and Germany just recently


We are off!!

3:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

England wearing red about to kick us off here in St. Etienne. Come on!

3:00 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Stupid foul by Lalana

3:01 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Useless cross by Lalana... of course

3:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice turn by Lallana but his ball in was poor. I agree with you about him - he hasn't been good.

3:02 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bale had a great save saved and the rebound was saved too but it was offside anyway for the rebound

3:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Bertrand had a nice chance to play one in but it was a poor delivery again. Lallana nearly in on the rebound.

3:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cut it out, Monkey Boy!

3:03 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Happy Anniversary
Send my regards to Kate

3:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - nice turn of pace from Clyne and Vardy with an instinctive strike - close!!!

3:05 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Nice cross by Bertrand deflected toward goal by Vardy
Nice effort

3:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Thanks for the earlier post, mate - I'll pass that along.

3:05 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

You're welcome

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bright start from England but I'd like to see an early goal to settle the nerves.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Got to shut down those long shot efforts - I don't trust Joe Hart any more.

3:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hamsik is the danger man - he nearly got Duda in there. Nice recovery from Smalling.

3:08 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Still not fast enough and direct enough for me

3:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - nearly in there after some head tennis between Vardy and Lallana. Good saving challenge by the defender.

3:09 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

England get the ball in the box... a bit of head tennis...Sturridge shot blocked

3:09 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ramsey refuses to shoot and nothing comes of a chance

3:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bloody hell - Aaron Ramsey has scored for Wales!!!

3:11 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Still not a goal yet on my link by Wales have scored thru Ransey

HE JUST SCORED

3:11 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Come on England... ATTACK

USELESS BY LALLANA

3:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - nice interchange there from England - Lallana shanked his shot though. Well wide.

3:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Decent goal from Ramsey?

3:13 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The Liverpool man gets the chance again... why is he getting so many chances.... he has stunk on all of them

3:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hamsik scares me - he got loose wide and sent a dangerous cross over...to no one, thankfully.

3:14 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I'm annoyed with England so far

Why not go out and try and win

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

Oh - the cross from Lallana was just behind everyone but Hendo did well to turn and shoot. Out for a corner.

3:15 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hendo with a chance.
Nice control from useless cross... blocked

3:15 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Kane NO
Rooney NO
Bertrand with the corner...short one of course... USELESS

3:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Short corner routine comes to nothing.

3:16 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

oooh..... Vardy breaks....saved

BUGGER

Attack like that more often

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

Oh - Vardy in one on one with Vardy with his impressive pace but he shot straight at the keeper who stood up well. Great.

Love the pace of England tonight. How can Woy leave Vardy out - he looks dangerous!

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

Clash of heads there with Bertrand and the Slovak is bleeding like a stuck pig.

3:18 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Jamie V should have gone to the near post

Oh... Cahill is down hurt...up again

3:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And what's going on with Cahill? That's not good.

3:19 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Is it a hammy>
Looks like hie is going to stay on

3:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pekarik is going to need a new shirt - crikey!

3:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Looks lower back impact


Slovakian looks like he just fought Rocky

Wales two up!!

3:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wales are 2-0 up!!!

Neil Taylor with the second goal.

3:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Took two chances but the left back puts Wales up by two

3:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

England need a goal! We've had chances, just as in the first two matches. But no goals yet.

3:21 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

England playing against ten men but not showing any urgency to take advantage

3:22 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Sturridge has done nowt

3:22 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Given away in midfield by wilshire.... England survive

cynical foul on Vardy

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

Nice cut out by Cahill after Wilshere had coughed up the ball.

And now Pecovsky picks up a yellow stopping Vardy.

Free kick in a dangerous area now.

3:24 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Useless free kick

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

Why is Bertrand taking all the set pieces? Another high hopeful one.

3:24 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

England keep losing it in the middle of the field.... KNOCK IT OFF

3:25 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

They keep making stupid fouls in the midfield too

Start playing

3:26 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Slovakia have nothing to fear
Why do England do this to me

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

Rather ping pongy now. They need to settle it.

3:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

England are doing okay, creating chances. Just need a finish before half time.

3:27 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Steve says get the ball.. move it around... get comfortable
NO... get the ball... go toward the big rectangle and try and score

3:27 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Disagree...

Useless corner ... can't beat first man

3:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Macca is complaining again.

3:28 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Vardy broke thru with a thru ball... DO IT AGAIN

3:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

If Vardy had finished his chance - or Sturridge had nipped in to score, you'd be singing a different tune.

3:29 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Get on the end of that cross!!
and another one

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Better pressure now - Slovakian defense look really rattled.

3:29 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

sorry... very upset

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice idea from Hendo but poor execution.

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We haven't been threatened at all by Slovakia. Not at all.

3:31 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

so bad by Sturridge

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

Bloody hell, Sturridge - don't just shoot every time!

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

Oh - Lallana with a great strike beaten out by the keeper!

3:32 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Lallana with the shot... right at the keeper

HIT IT TO THE SIDE

Why are these keepers saving everything

3:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And another corner won by Sturridge - come on!

3:33 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Useless pass by Hendo

3:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Henderson tries a short one but then blows the cross well over everyone's head. Why does he keep hammering the crosses so long?

3:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice stuff by Sturridge there but Wilshere's shot was blocked out.

3:35 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Why is Lallana getting all the shots

Haven't done his job every time!!!

3:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

They do make us suffer, don't they mate?

3:36 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

england have been on top and had chances but still not good enough for my liking

3:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great long pass from Dier to Sturridge. I would have liked to have seen him volley it first time. Still - wins a corner.

3:38 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Useless corner by Hendo
GET IT OVER!!!


People just standing in the box waiting for the ball to be delivered and it doesn't come

3:39 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Useless by Wilshire!!!

3:41 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Too many Liverpool players out there.... they came EIGTH!!!

3:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cynical foul on Vardy - should be a yellow.

3:42 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Vardy brought down... no yellow?

3:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Come on - this one has to go in!

3:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Honda - doesn't beat the first man - poor.

3:42 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hendo fails to beat the first man

PROFESSIONALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3:43 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Don't you hate that autocorrect with Hendo changes to Honda

3:43 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hendo with a shot... going in... blocked!!

BUGGER

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

Oh - two good chances there. Clyne did well with the cross from the by-line and then Hendo had a chance on the volley.

3:44 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

A minute to go.. go forward!!!

3:44 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

GET IT IN THE BOX

Terrible by Lallana

3:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

One minutes of stoppage time to come.

3:45 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Tom saw Sterling warming up... he better not come on

3:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time. 0-0 again. Boy, we have had to suffer this tournament.

3:46 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Half time

Not good enough in my book

3:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The crowd has been calling for Rooney.

3:46 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

We really need to take off one or two of the four Liverpool players off

3:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on for the second half. No changes as of yet.

4:01 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

We're off
No changes


COME ON ENGLAND

4:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I agree - I would have Sturridge off for Kane and probably Henderson off for Rooney. Wilshere has impressed me with his range of passing.

4:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Clyne nearly got through there with a good run.

4:05 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Clyne with a good run but chose the wrong pass... tried to go backward/sideways instead of going forward


Bring on RASHFORD

4:06 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Still sideways and backwards ending with a Hart kadoomph

4:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This has been worse, if anything. Definitely need to freshen things up.

4:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bertrand is the first England player into the book today. That seemed harsh.

4:07 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bertrand gets a yellow... no difference with the one against Vardy

Set piece chance for Slovakia

4:07 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Do the cards reset in the knock out round

Hart punches out

4:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hart palms the free kick away.

4:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bloody hell, Smalling!!!

4:08 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Atrocious by Smalling and Hart...bloody hell

That should have been one nil Slovakia

4:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nearly had a heart attack there.

4:09 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Clyne in.... saved again!!!

4:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - and then Clyne got in behind. Great save!

4:09 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Why are these keepers saving everything

4:09 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Hello Everyone!

My first posts of the tournament. I am laid up with a broken toe, so I am just sitting here eating lots of food and watching a lot of footy.

England is rampant tonight. The results are unfortunately more like those of Portugal which was equally dominant a few nights ago.

4:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Cahill got a head on it but not the direction.

4:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hiya, Red Devil - I was sorry to hear about your broken toe, but that is a good excuse to put your feet up in front of the football.

England as usual are giving us fits.

4:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Weiss nearly found out Hart at the near post. Phew!

4:11 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Struth... Slovakia almost in

NO URGENCY BY ENGLAND!!!!!!!

4:11 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Rooney is on for Wilshire

4:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wilshere trotting off and Rooney on - seems like a logical move at this point.

4:12 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I now want Rooney to be a Scholes and look for Vardy

4:12 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I think the two wingbacks are making a bigtime difference for England. Llallana is playing some great soccer. I think the Slovaks are playing into the hands of the English by not anticipating how hard the lads are tracking back. England is completely out-hustling the opposition as well, particularly some of the more offensive players who are tracking back great.

4:12 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Useless cross... I hate it!

4:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice idea from Sturrdige but his delivery was poor for Bertrand.

4:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Dusan Svento on for Duda now. I'm sorry to see Duda go - he's been hopeless.

4:13 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

These short passes going no where are driving me nuts

4:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not a good first pass from Rooney - straight out of play.

4:14 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Rooney's second pass...just as bad

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

I agree with you about the fullbacks, especially Clyne tonight and both Walker and Rose in the earlier matches. It adds a bit of dynamism. I wouldn't mind seeing Woy roll the dice and stick Sterling on for Bertand and play with a back three.

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

Hendo with yet another useless pass.

4:16 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Unbelievably bad


Alli for Lallana

4:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Dele Alli on for Lallana now.

4:16 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Oh well, the call has gone out to put the kids to bed. I'm out again, but I hope to be communicating again these days.

Keep your heads up, though. This is a young, hungry and highly interchangeable British squad. All they need is a goal.

4:16 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

cleared off the line!!!

4:17 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

how did Alli not score... great defending... why are they don't it against England

4:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - how did that one stay out - Dele Alli with a great chance!

4:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another defender on for Slovakia. They seem happy with a draw.

4:18 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

That was a good effort by Dele.... why did that guy have to have a big toe

4:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This match has been bad for my heart health. Actually, all of them have been.

4:19 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

still too much passing... get it wide... get it over

4:19 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

England needs to keep Slovakia under pressure. They can pass it around quite well if they are not put under pressure.

4:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

They aren't playing to Vardy's strengths... has he touched ball this half?

4:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

25 minutes for England.... You need to get better

4:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We want a goal! We want a goal!

4:21 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Damn, Hamsik is strong on the ball.

4:21 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Rooney clueless at the top of the box.... BLOODY HELL

4:21 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Im moving seats

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

Diet with a daisy cutter - well wide.

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

Agreed - Hamsik is the one Slovak I fear.

4:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bale is now the top scorer in the tournament - Wales 3-0 up.

4:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Just one goal, that's all I ask. One in off the bum, I'm not fussy.

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

Dier's down now - he may have to come off.

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

Looks like Harry Kane is being readied.

4:28 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bale's third goal means Matt and I take a tumble in the scoring charts


Kane about to come on... why not Rashford
He's going to take off Vardy isn't he

4:28 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

He can't take off Vardy... England need a goal

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

Oh - Sturridge was in there from Dier's ball but he missed it entirely. What a miss!

4:29 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bloody hell... Struridge should have scored

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

Oh dear - that made me nervous - but offside. Phew!

4:30 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

England knackered

Slovakia almost in again... offside any way

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

Rooney blocked out by Skrtel. Corner.

4:30 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Roooney's shot blocked

STOP IT

4:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And another. Lovely. This one has to go in.

Sturridge off for Kane - I'm okay with that.

4:31 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Kane on Sturridge on

4:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It would be quite a nice time for my Golden Boot pick to get off the mark.

4:32 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

still fifteen to go

4:32 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

England are toothless from corners

4:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Cahill got his head to that one but no real purchase on it.

4:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm surprised because I thought that corners would be a real weapon for us.

4:32 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I'll take your Golden Boot to score with his golden bum

4:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Slovakia couldn't give a toss at this point. They know they're through.

4:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'll take that one too - come on, Harry!

4:33 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

England players don't look disappointed... they just have no urgency at all.... TURN UP THE PACE.... who are you... United in disguise

4:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Skriniar on for Weiss now - last one for Slovakia.

4:34 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Rio tweeted... Kane to score.

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

Hendo got lucky with winning a corner. Come on!

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

Come on, Delle - you've got eight players to aim for.

4:35 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Atrocious second cross by Dele.... I just don't know how you can get it so wrong!!!

4:35 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Smalling kicks the ball out of play


Pathetic

4:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Blimey - 19 goal attempts!

4:36 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Pinball in the box... still nothing

4:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Massive scramble now with Skrtel blocking three or four shots.

4:38 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bloody short corner... Rooney fails to get the cross over and the ball goes out for a throw in

COME ON ENGLAND

4:38 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Under ten to go

4:38 PM  

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