Lakenheath Old Boys

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Thursday, June 02, 2016

England v. Portugal Live!

Afternoon, chaps! I'm settling in in the office to follow this afternoon's Euro 2016 warm-up with Portugal at Wemberly via the Fox Soccer 2 Go link. If you're so inclined, jump on the blog for a natter this afternoon, eh? Cheers!

107 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, chaps! This is England’s first game since their 23 was announced, so it will be fascinating to see what Woy turns out.

The Fox Soccer 2 Go coverage starts at 2:35pm EST with a 2:45 kick-off.

2:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here's the team news out of Wemberly:

England: Hart, Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Rose, Dier, Alli, Milner, Rooney, Kane, Vardy.

Subs: Forster, Sterling, Lallana, Clyne, Henderson, Sturridge, Stones, Wilshere, Barkley, Rashford, Heaton.

Portugal: Rui Patricio, Vieirinha, Bruno Alves, Carvalho, Eliseu, João Moutinho, João Mário, Danilo Pereira, Nani, Rafa, Adrien Silva.

Subs: Lopes, Fonte, Guerreiro, Eder, William Carvalho, Andre Gomes, Renato Sanches, Quaresma, Cedric, Eduardo.

2:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now that's what we're talking about! Ten changes from the side that turned out a dull 2-1 win over the Aussies last week. Vardy and Kane up front together - chceck. Roon in the hole for the first time. Dele Alli - check. Dier in the holding role - check.

2:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No Skippy tonight for the Portugeezers. He must be resting after all of that penalty-taking exertion for Real at the weekend.

2:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're on live on Fox Soccer 2 Go now. Great atmosphere at Wemberly.

2:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

National anthems now - Jose Mourinho is in his seat for this afternoon's action.

2:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Portugal appear to be playing without a recognized striker - our old friend Nani playing as a false #9.

2:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A chilly night at Wemberly, apparently - that should suit the home side. And Portugal get us underway.

2:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rafa Silva has a problem early on here. Hobbling a bit as he comes away from a clash with Cahill.

2:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice ball through from Walker but Roon couldn't get it down.

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

Fairly cagey start to proceedings here, with few if any real openings.

2:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Portugal are a useful opponent tonight, as they are very much like England's typical quarter final opponents to come.

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

Oh - Roon had a chance there, but he drifted offside as Kane's ball went through. Didn't beat the keeper, in any case.

2:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Portugal defense, led by Chelski old boy Ricardo Carvalho, are playing a risky game with a very high, flat line across the back. I reckon with England's pace that they could do some damage.

2:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jamie Vardy seems to be playing out wide left. Shame about that - I'd like to see him bombing down the middle with Kane.

3:00 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Don't like Alli's reaction to that wanker Carvallo's provocation.

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

Dicey there with Smalling grabbing the shirt of Rafa. Naughty - got away with it.

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

Afternoon, mate! I don't like it either. He can't take the bait like that in the tournament.

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

Danny Rose seems to have got a knock on the nose in that incident.

Neither side has got started yet.

3:05 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Hiya! I just don't want another petulant reaction to sink England's chances.

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

Nice cross by Eliseu but Rose intervened well to knock it out.

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

Exactly - Woy has got to tell the youngsters that they won't get away with anything in France this month. Any push or head-butt motion is likely to get a player sent off. And Carvalho knows exactly what he's doing.

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

Oh - free header for Roon at the backpost. He got no power in it. Straight into the keeper's arms. Damn!

3:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Walker's finding some joy down this right hand side. Wins a corner now.

3:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh dear - short corner straight to a Portuguese player from Kane. Why take it short when you've got a height advantage?

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

Paul Doyle on the Guardian comments: "If this match doesn’t perk up soon, fans would be well advised to leave Wembley to watch the traffic, never mind beating it."

Couldn't agree more.

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

Decent free kick in and Carvalho meets it with purchase. Well wide though.

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

Oh - decent drive from Walker there. Just wide with a slice.

3:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Blimey! You don't see that very often in a friendly. Bruno Alves has been sent off for a kung fu kick to Harry Kane's head.

Portugal down to ten men!

3:22 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

I sent a message to a friend who is at Wembley to bite a chunk out of Alves if he gets near to her. Hah, that twat just gets himself sent off in a friendly. Does that count against his Euro games?

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

Rafa Silva, who's looked very lively, is being sacrificed now for another defensive player.

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

I was wondering the same thing? Might actually be to their advantage. Playing an aging center back pairing like Carvalho and Alves is hardly positive, eh?

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

Oh - Kane was through there but shot straight at the keeper. England's forwards have looked nervy when they've had a chance. The expectations are weighing on them, I suspect.

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

Another good through ball to Roon, but he doesn't have the legs for it. That's the dilemma with playing Roon. He just doesn't have the pace any more.

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

Cahill into the book for a rash slide-in on Nani.

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

Coming down to the last few minutes of the first half now - not nearly good enough for England.

This is the kind of opponent that England likely to meet in the Quarters. They'll have to beat them outright if they're to escape the dreaded extra time/penalties scenario we know so well.

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm off home now ahead of the interval. I'll be back for the second half.

3:31 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

See ya. You may be right. I can't believe that irritant Pepe won't feature in the tournament ahead of these guys

3:33 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

BTW, I used to belittle the Portuguese side for painting lovely pictures without having any punch. Now, this awful collection of cheats, divers, and assassins who carry the stench of Little Jo make me pine for the likes of Sa and Joao Pinto, and Rui Costa. What a national embarrassment the current Portuguese side is.

3:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm home now - I thoroughly agree. Even a few years back Portugal used to have an abundance of nippy little midfielders who'd play some lovely stuff (albeit to little effect, as you say). This lot plays more like Wimbledon.

3:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nearly an hour in and still no breakthrough. This is dire.

4:00 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

SO BAD
SO SAD

4:03 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Why is Vardy AND Kane playing out wide?
Why is Alli playing on the left?
This bloody Diamond is supposed to get width from the full backs and the strikers playing narrower as a partnership

4:04 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Jesus, this game was ill-advise. Neither side can give a toss and the P-Geezers keep fouling. This is awful.

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

Decent free kick chance now for Kane. Not sure why he's taking it, though. Is he another one who doesn't like to get his head in the danger zone?

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

England have the ball in the net but the whistle went an age ago.

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

Kane to take the free kick
WHY?
Put the center forward in the box!

Foul called on some bloke in white

4:09 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Card every one of these mouthy sods. Whine-whine-whine over and over.

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

Wilshire on for Milner
Did Sterling go on?

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

Who did Sterling come on for?

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

That's Vardy's game over - not good from him but then he was played in the wrong position, out wide left. Sterling is the man if Woy wants a wide left man. I don't know why Rose can't play that role.

Wilshere on for Milner who plodded along today.

4:10 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Change the shape? Change the shape? What's he talking about. How about give it some shape in the first place>

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

Afternoon, mate - are you still angry with me?

4:10 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Yer wot?

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

Martin Tyler wants to have Carvalho's baby.

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

Rooney ruins this team by splitting up Kane and Vardy

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

That's for UWS - I mistakenly left him off the list of LOB participants on the email to Brett Thompson this morning.

4:12 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

You're not wrong there, UWS

4:12 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

"I'm not sorry" Balloon bouquet with Little Joe's smug mug dispatched.

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

England are playing against TEN men!

No change of tactics?
No change of pace
No pushing someone up more attacking



I HATE IT!!

IT'S LVG ALL OVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!

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

I agree - I would prefer to have Vardy and Kane up front and Dele Alli in the hole rather than Roon. But there's no reason that Woy can't use a diamond and two up front. Or he can play a 4-3-3 if he wants a wide man out left. But he's deliberately played a couple of players out of position today. It doesn't make any sense.

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

LOL, Gooner!

4:15 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Can't wait to hear from Talksport with Andy Goldstien and Jason Cundy after this one... they are going slaughter Woy

4:15 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Bet Woy wishes he had Carroll to bring on to haunt Carvalho like a condor from above.

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

Hugh in France: Excellent tactics from England. This should reduce the expectation and pressure from the fans. Nice one Roy.


Pope Packard: This games got me thinking. What's the best way to arrange DVDs? Alphabetical or by genre


Mocky Hussain: This game is Dier.

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

Looks like Arsene Wenger is at Wemblerly tonight scouting another couple of nippy little Portuguese midfielders.

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

United's Jose is there too

4:17 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

No thank-you. I wouldn't have one of these to replace the dross we've collected at RFK. Proper striker, please.

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

I don't know if I want England to get a winner here... it will give Woy ammunition to say he's right


Rose.... FAILS to get the ball across

The Art of Crossing has died!

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

Danilo into the book now.

4:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

If Sturridge breaks down again, there is a chance that Woy could call up Carroll, right?

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

Again... Kane to take a free kick... is hie going to shoot?
Is he going to come off after?

Useless effort... deflected for a goal kick

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

Kane is coming off and being replaced by Sturridge

4:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Speak of the devil - Sturridge on for Kane for a brief cameo.

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

Rooney also coming off to be replaced by Lallana.

4:21 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

This referee is going to hear Carvalho's pathetic whining in his nightmares for weeks.

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

He'd bring in Townsend


Rooney off for Lalana


Don't get who is going to play there!!


I am so fed up!

Maybe, it is going to be good... I am always feeling confident going into tournament and we blow

Maybe it is the opposite this year!!!

4:22 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Not Lalala! Neither Alves nor Pepe is on the pitch to decapitate him and make Woy pick an alternative.

4:22 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

What about Pepe in the CL Final last week?

Two times grabbing his face

The ref just stared at him once shaking his head


SHOULD HAVE GONE OFF

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

This is what worries me about England. I don't doubt that we'll scratch our way unconvincingly through the group stages and Round of 16, but if this is the way that England play against ten-man Portugal, there is no way that they can beat any decent side in the knock-out rounds.

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

I think I'd prefer Sturridge with a gammy leg to Townsend.

4:24 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Soon had a header easily saved in the first half and there have been a couple of long range shots easily collected by the keeper... has that been it?... AGAINST TEN MEN

4:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pull the trigger, you numpties!!

4:25 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Pepe needs career shortening. He's that hateful.

You're right. There's no reason why Woy doesn't react to the Alves sending off by releasing the hounds. And I don't mean that naff purse-dog Lalala

4:25 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Sturrridge would take a shot with his right... You're a professional

4:25 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

wouldn't

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

Oh - Quaresma nearly deflated all of Wembley with one moment there. Just wide.

4:27 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I bet you a tenner that Woy is going to say

"I am happy with the performance"
" We had a lot of possession"
"It's very difficult to play against ten men"

4:27 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Jose in the stands joining in with the Mexican wave with the rest of the bored Wembley fans

4:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Crikey - when will the Ricardo Carvalho love-fest end?

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

Bugger... England have scored!!


Smelling with the a decent header from a decent cross

STILL NOT BLOODY GOOD ENOUGH

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

GOAL! Smalling finally wins it for England in the 85th minute.

First decent ball in of the night - met by Smalling.

1-0!

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

Only three clubs have scored for England this year!!

Tottenham- Kane and Alli
Leicester- Vardy
United- Rooney, Rashfrod, and Smalling


Thanks Martin

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

I'd have to say that, if Woy is determined to play someone out wide left, it should be Sterling, not Vardy. Then Vardy off the bench after the hour mark.

4:31 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Decent goal on to gloss up a terrible game.

4:32 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Really? Might as well send Joe Hart up to the other end to hunt for one for Man City.

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

Eder on for Carvalho now. Martin Tyler is heart-broken.

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

And Jordan Henderson on for Dele Alli.

4:33 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

I hope he's met in the baths by someone with a lead pipe.

4:34 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Cry-valho, that is.

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

Terrible making on the corner... Portugal should have scored there

Reminds me of the Red Devil defending

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

RIGHT FULL BACK... man of the match

ENOUGH SAID!


All over

Bloody Useless!


Off to an open house

TTFN

4:37 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

#14 is who Wenger is probably spotting with those kind of aerial skills with no one marking him.

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

Kyle Walker - MOTM. Not a good sign if the right back is MOTM.

And that's that. They've won all of their warm-up matches, but in unconvincing fashion. Perhaps they'll go and surprise us when they get started a week Saturday. Who knows?

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

Enjoy your Open House, mate.

I'm off, too. Nice chatting with you lads.

4:38 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Cheerio all.

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