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 27, 2016

Round of 16 - England vs. Iceland!!

It's the big one, now. I've got the lucky shirt and the lucky scarf on to roar on the boys. It's England vs. Iceland. England will come in heavy favorites to not only win but run up a score. And I hope we do. England have been attacking in all three group matches, carving open defenses but then failing to make that final killer touch. Let's hope that we can take those chances when they come tonight. I'd love an early goal to settle the nerves and then we'll be able to relax and enjoy it. If not, I'll be bunkered away in the dark at the Cottage, peering those woven fingers at the screen. Come on!!!

95 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Very interesting decisions by Hodgson - Sturridge comes in from the start to pair Harry Kane up front. Sterling starts out wide left. I like it!

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

It's Ian Darke and Macca in Nice tonight. They seem to have been enjoying the Riviera sunshine. I hope that they're not so negative.

2:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news out of Nice today:

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

Subs: Forster, Milner, Lallana, Vardy, Clyne, Henderson, Stones, Wilshere, Barkley, Bertrand, Rashford, Heaton.

Iceland: Halldorsson, Saevarsson, Arnason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Skulason, Gudmundsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Gunnarsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Sigthorsson, Bodvarsson.

Subs: Kristinsson, Hauksson, Hermannsson, Ingason, Finnbogason, Sigurjonsson, Theodor Elmar Bjarnason, Magnusson, Hallfredsson, Traustason, Gudjohnsen, Jonsson.

Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

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

"Three Lions" now blasting here at the Cottage (Kate shaking her head at the absurdity of it all).

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

Players in the tunnel now - come on!

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

Ian Darke tempting fate now by mentioning that dreaded loss to the US in 1950. Shut it!

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

Both teams wearing their first kit tonight, as it should be.

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

Harry looks up for it tonight. I want a hat-trick from my Golden Boot boy. Come on!

2:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're set to go in Nice. England to kick off wearing all white. Come on!

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ian Darke and Macca are mentioning that the pitch looks crap.

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Kyle Walker gets an early cross over, but it's cleared.

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

Sturridge has a go from distance after a one-two. Scuffed it.

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

Sterling has a chance in the box but it's blocked out. We're all over them already. Finish the chances!

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

YESSSSS!!!!!!!

Penalty to England!

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

Great penalty from Rooney - perfect start from England.

1-0!

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

Come on, now - let's get another.

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

BUGGGGERRRR!

Iceland get the equalizer off a long throw. Poor defending.

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

Well, now - let's start again. It was a great start from England. Let's get another goal.

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

England have been caught out by a Stoke City routine.

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

Ian Darke is already getting on my nerves.

3:09 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

can't be happy about that, but England has already shown its superiority.

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

Raheem is upended and now England will have a free kick chance.

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

Great ball in but nodded out again.

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

Good pace to the England attack - Kane wins a corner.

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

Oh - that was a free header for Smalling - good chance there.

3:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another corner won by Kane.

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

Oh - how did that not go in from the corner. And then Dele Alli struck it really well. Just over.

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

Ah - Sturridge was set loose there but then dithered on it.

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

Oh - Kane was given a chance to shoot but blazed over. Nice effort.

3:17 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

See how weak that keeper is?

I don't like leaving out Llallana, but I guess Rooney must play.

I would have thought Vardy's pace would have made him a more natural choice.

Oh well, if the UK has a good lead at half, it's academic. If not, you can sub out Kane.

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

Kane tries an up and under toward Sterling but it doesn't quite come off.

3:18 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Hart.

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

BUGGERRR BUGGGERRR!

Hart allows a soft shot under his body.

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

Welcome back, Red Devil. This is going to be a struggle.

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

Crisis of confidence right now for Joe Hart.

3:21 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Win or lose, this has not been a good defensive outing.

3:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sterling earns a free kick now. Come on!

3:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Why is Harry Kane taking these free kicks? I don't understand it.

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Matched up against the worst goalie of the tournament, Hart feels the need to look even worse.

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

Another long throw routine now....

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

Joe Hart looks like a bag of nerves right now.

3:24 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I don't know about that foul. He was outside the 6, and it was Hart who jumped into him.

Hart needs to calm down.

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

Suddenly England have reverted to long ball. Shame - they started so well. Go back to the game plan at the start.

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

Long ball (sigh)....

3:26 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

England needs to swinging the ball from left to right quickly. Iceland is compact and they overcommit to the side where the attack is. Quick play with a lot of left-to-right should be the way to crack this defense. Especially, the wideouts need to take a few chances and beat their man. Not like that, Sterling.

3:27 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Great shot.

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

Oh - that was better - a sweeping move that ended with Sturridge playing a cross for Kane to volley - Haldorsson saves well.

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

That's what I am talking about. Iceland overcommits, so switching back and forth is the way to go.

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

Another good move there but it ends up in the goalie's arms.

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Rooney is quick-thinking as forward, but as a number 10, he is witless.

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

Dele Alli went down there in the box - ref waved on. Probably right.

3:32 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

The ref is letting them play.

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

I agree - they're doing the same thing that they did with Beckham when he lost his pace. He's only on for the set pieces now.

3:34 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

The other reason that the English need to keep the pace high is that when you are playing against a bunch of guys who sit on the bench at club level, they tend to tire in the 2nd half.

3:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lots of England pressure now - the chances will come.

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

Decent idea from Roon - tried to bend it into the top corner.

3:36 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

That was a crummy and insolent shot, but it shows what Iceland thinks of Hart.

3:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good noise from the England crowd now - they were really quiet for about ten minutes after Iceland scored.

3:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sigurdsson goes into the book for tugging back Rose.

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

Oh - Smalling had a chance at the back post there. The shirt tug was blatant - should have been a penalty.

3:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

England subs are up warming up now. Might be some changes at half-time.

3:41 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

After that bright start, the English don't even look as sharp as against Slovakia. They need to pass it out of defense slowly (none of this long-ball crap), then start to work it down the sides. Like that, with Rose bombing forward.

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

Rose bundled over there - goal kick. Typical refereeing.

3:42 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Iceland is starting to get a bit stupid now, too. They need some possession or they will tire themselves out chasing.

3:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's the same story - they've been good but haven't finished multiple chances.

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

Ah - Walker cuts back to Rooney but he gets the volley all wrong.

3:45 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Not a great shot by Rooney, but that was a clever pull-back cross. As Kane's earlier volley demonstrated, Iceland leaves the trailing midfielders too open.

3:46 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I still think England will pull this out. Not 3-2 like Cameroon, but 4-2 (late counter goal).


Iceland has a better than 50% scoring rate in Euros. 6 goals off of 11 shots. Insane.

3:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time comes: England sure do like to make their fans suffer. It was a great start with a penalty in four minutes. But then we threw it away with two poor pieces of defending and goalkeeping.

3:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I agree with you. Iceland really haven't been much of a threat. They were lucky to score off both of their only chances. More chances will come.

3:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jack Wilshere is coming on for the second half - I don't know what I think of that.

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

England start as they started the first half - with loads of pressure.

4:03 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Dier?? I feel like he has been good the whole tournament - though admittedly he was anonymous today, but really I think Roo is occupying his space.


4:03 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Foolish tackle by Sturridge, even if that first challenge was a foul on him.

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

Sturridge picks up a yellow card early on in the second half.

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

Long throw time again...

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

Rose is bundled over and England have a chance to swing a free kick now.

4:06 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

The more this game develops a flow, the better it is for England. If it devolves into a series of short bursts between fouls and out of bounds, the more Iceland can regroup and remarshall.

Iceland are starting to commit a lot of ticky, tacky fouls. I know they are good in the air, but so is England. They are playing with fire.

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

Didn't beat the first man - why is he taking these?

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

I agree - but the referee is waving a lot of stuff on.

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

Wilshere tries to bend a ball forward to Dele Alli but the pace of it runs to the keeper.

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

They are not as dirty as Albania, but Iceland's fouling tactics are similarly disruptive.

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

England suffering from a lack of ideas right now.

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

Long throw wins a corner.

And a close call there - Overhead kick saved by Hart.

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

Nice bike, but it should have been a high kick.

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

Macca seems to approve of Iceland's retrograde football. This is League 1 quality play.

4:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Vardy is up getting ready.

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

Vardy comes on for Sterling - good move.

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

Oh - great chance for Dele Alli but he skies it.

4:17 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I agree. Vardy's speed and bite will help.

I will have to leave you, as we are putting the girls to bed. I will see the rest later.

good luck!

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

Thanks!

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

Gunnarsson gets a yellow card for a nasty chop on Dele Alli. Could be a shooting opportunity.

4:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - that was woeful. Get him off!

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

Iceland are parking the bus now - no threat at all at the back.

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

Wilshere tries one - well wide. They don't have their shooting boots on today.

4:24 PM  

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