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!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Day 7 - Group B: England v. Wales!

Good morning, chaps! The Dahlgren boys want you to get up for the England this morning. This is the big one, against the home nation rivals Wales. After Slovakia's win yesterday and Wales' opening win, England need a win today in order to top the group going into the last set of matches. So settle in  with a strong cuppa and join me here on the LOB for the festivities!

86 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

England need to watch out. Their draw with Russia has certainly been placed in a different light after Slovakia’s display against the same opponents and they’ll be in danger of a disastrously early exit if they don’t win today.

8:42 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Stats? I’ll give you stats. England have beaten Wales 66 times, drawn with them 21 times and lost to them 14 times. They’ve not been beaten in this fixture since 1984, a Mark Hughes goal enough for the Welsh to prevail in a Home Nations clash at the Racecourse Ground. Whatever became of him?

8:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

England are unchanged from the draw with Russia. Wazza continues in midfield, Raheem Sterling is on the left again, Adam Lallana is on the right and there’s no place for Jamie Vardy, that bloke who scored all goes for Leicester City, the champions.

8:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wales have made three changes from the win over Slovakia. Hal Bryan-Nwankwo, who got the winner in that game, is fit enough to take his place in attack from the start, replacing Jonny Williams, which means that Wales are at full strength. He’s billed as the Didier Deschamps to Gareth Bale’s Zinedine Zidane but England will need to keep a close eye on Robson-Kanu given that he’s got one more goal than one of their strikers in this tournament. Meanwhile Wayne Hennessey has replaced Danny Ward in goal and Joe Ledley is back, in for Dave Edwards. Ledley has recently recovered from a broken leg. That’s some effort.

8:48 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

English and Welsh fans streaming into the stadium now.

8:53 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams gathering in the tunnel now:

England: Hart; Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Rose; Dier, Alli, Rooney; Lallana, Kane, Sterling.

Wales: Hennessey; Gunter, Chester, Williams, Taylor, Davies; Ledley, Ramsey, Allen; Robson-Kanu, Bale.

8:53 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here they come, now! Marvelous atmosphere in Lens.

8:56 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gareth Bale doesn't seem to know the words to the Welsh anthem.

8:58 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And now "God Save the Queen."

8:58 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good start from England right from the kick-off. Harry Kane high pressing the Welsh defense. Ball falls to Rooney.

9:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A long diagonal ball wins England an early corner.

9:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good to see that Rooney is taking the first corner.

9:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Dele Alli pushes his Arsenal rival Ramsey. A bit of handbags.

9:06 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Silly foul there by Kyle Walker on Ramsey higher up the pitch.

9:06 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ramsey's free kick is straight to the first man.

9:07 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Sterling misses a sitter!!!!

9:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great run there from Lallana and the ball over was perfect.

9:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This has the feel of a Premiership match.

9:10 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shut it, Darke!

9:11 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good block by Gary Cahill on Bale.

9:11 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Hart bobbled the corner there but recovered.

9:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rooney tries a speculative one from distance. Well over.

9:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fifteen minutes gone - it's very even steven so far. I don't like it.

9:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The pattern has been set, Wales sitting back, England probing. There’s not much space for England to exploit. That Sterling chance aside, Wales must be happy with this at the moment.

9:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Diet tracks back well on Aaron Ramsey.

9:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wales haven’t been out of their half for a while.

9:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sterling floats a cross in and wins a corner.

9:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rooney's corners have been spot on so far.

9:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Dele Alli wins a free kick in a nice area here.

9:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Harry Kane over the free kick. Tries a Ronaldo and it doesn't come off at all well.

9:24 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ramsey floats one right into Hart's arms. And England can start again.

9:25 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nearly a nice interplay between Lallana and Sterling.

9:26 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rooney over a nice free kick opportunity now.

And Cahill got on the end of it. Hennessy collects. Close call.

9:27 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice positive run from Walker and he earns a corner.

9:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Comes to nothing - that one was too long but Rooney's delivery has been generally really good.

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

England have been really positive and have created the only real chances in this game.

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

Kane spins and wins a good free kick chance. Time to bring the big boys up again.

9:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great ball in but Smalling couldn't beat his man.

9:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Big shout for a penalty - ref waves on.

9:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another free kick here for England, Ramsey fouling Dele Alli for the umpteenth time.

9:35 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rooney's ball in this time goes straight to the keeper.

9:35 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another corner now for England. This one has to go in!

9:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Smalling rises well and puts his header just wide. Another good chance there.

9:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's been all England. I don't know what match Darke and Macca are watching, with all this negativity. Bale hasn't had a sniff.

9:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rooney gives away a silly free kick in midfield.

9:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bale lining this one up.

9:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bugger!

Great free kick from Bale but Hart should have saved it for sure.

England 0-1 down.

9:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Terrible time for Wales to score, too. Right before half time.

9:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

England will go in 0-1 down when we should have been 2 or three up through Sterling, Cahill and Smalling.

9:48 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not happy at all about this.

9:48 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on at England. Two changes now - Sturridge and Vardy on and Sterling and Kane off.

10:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away again in Lens. Come on, England!

10:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Walker wins an early corner - that's better.

10:07 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Smalling's header is directed away from goal.

10:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sturridge yet to find his sights. Blasts well over.

10:10 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not quite clicking yet in this second half. England were better in the first half.

10:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice curler from Rooney but Hennessy tips it around for a corner.

10:13 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rooney's corner doesn't beat the first man.

10:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL!!!!!!!!

Vardy stabs home after a mad scramble!!!!

10:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're all having a Vardy Party!

1-1!

10:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wales have had nothing going forward. Robson-Kanu hasn't been in it. It's a matter of time.

10:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lallana drives and wins a corner. This is more like it!

10:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lovely - a great free kick chance now.

10:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Tremendous pressure from England now. Great stuff. Should have scored through Sturridge there.

10:21 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Two corners in succession for Wales.

10:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Joe Ledley looks as if he'll have to come off soon.

10:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sturridge jinks inside and drives one well over.

10:24 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ledley coming off and Edwards coming on.

10:25 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice England possession but it ended with a poor ball in by Dier.

10:28 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice! Marcus Rashford about to come on - wahay!

10:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Robson-Kanu coming off to be replaced by Jonny Williams.

10:30 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's Lallana to come off for Rashford.

10:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wales shout for a pen - nothing doing.

10:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good idea with an early cross from Rose but poorly executed.

10:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The game has quietened down again - we need to grab the momentum back.

10:35 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - lovely dummy from Rooney but his shot was blocked.

10:36 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jonny Wiliams was allowed to run but blasted well over. I don't like the room that he's getting.

10:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Dele Alli just hasn't been on it today.

10:40 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Walker wins yet another corner. This one has to go in!

10:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Vardy was penalized for a push there.

10:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rooney has a chance to cross but it's too deep.

10:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Walker wins yet another corner. Come on!

10:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cahill up for the header but it's well over the mark.

10:48 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Three stoppage time minutes to come.

10:49 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sturridge wins the match!!!!!

10:50 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Phew

8:17 PM  

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