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Old September 25 2008, 02:58 PM   #811
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Until Gabby is done with ENG U21 come 2009 summer assuming we get to the championships then ourb est 4 IMO are...

Owen, Rooney, Heskey, Crouch (Walcott down as midfielder not forward).
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Old September 25 2008, 05:09 PM   #812
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Capello seems to rate Crouch even less than Owen. I can see Bobby Zamora getting a call up before they do.
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Old September 25 2008, 06:09 PM   #813
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Fabio may of had one of the best ENG wins in our history but his squad selections are still wrong...

Young over Downing

Richards over Johnson

Shorey over Bridge

Owen over Defoe and well Walcott over Bentley so that leaves the spare strike slot for Crouch.
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Old September 26 2008, 09:37 AM   #814
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The European Championships to expand from 16 finalists to 24.

Whilst this is good from an England/home nations POV, it does somewhat devalue the whole qualifying format. Any half decent team will now coast to qualification making the whole process less competitive. The next step will probably be the top 24 nations just deciding to cut everyone else adrift and scrapping qualification completely!

I see that the French FA are also pitching a 'six nations' tournament, featuring France, England, Germany, Italy, Holland and Spain. Sounds interesting, and a good foil and justification for England not entering the Celtic Cup.
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Old September 26 2008, 09:58 AM   #815
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^Sounds like a good idea to me.

Personally, I still think that the really small nations should have to pre-qualify for World Cup and European Championship qualifying tournaments. It does them no good to play matches they can't win. San Marino vs the Faroe Islands might not sound like a glamour tie but at least both sides have a winnable game and you learn much more from that than getting beat 10-0.
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Old September 26 2008, 10:12 AM   #816
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It's all part of Platini's masterplan to ensure that the top European nations ALWAYS qualify for the finals. It won't be long before they hit on the idea have having the top 12 nations automatically qualifying and then the rest of the European nations playing off for the remaining 12 slots.
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Old September 26 2008, 10:20 AM   #817
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^He'll be overruled by FIFA who are on a crusade to make sure the big nations never win anything again and the World Cup final is contested between Trinidad and Tobago and Andorra.
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Old September 26 2008, 10:26 AM   #818
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^^ At least Scotland will be in with a shout!
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Old September 26 2008, 12:26 PM   #819
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More UEFA news - the UEFA Cup will be renamed the "UEFA Europa League" from next season.
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Old September 26 2008, 12:31 PM   #820
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That's been on the cards for a while now. I'm just surprised that they didn't take a more realistic approach and call it the European Subsidiary Cup......
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Old September 26 2008, 03:29 PM   #821
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The Europa Cup sounds fine to me. And no more beaten FA Cup finalists getting into it either - brilliant.

And Newcastle continue to amaze... Joe Kinnear!?
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Old September 26 2008, 03:42 PM   #822
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The European Championships to expand from 16 finalists to 24.

Whilst this is good from an England/home nations POV, it does somewhat devalue the whole qualifying format. Any half decent team will now coast to qualification making the whole process less competitive. The next step will probably be the top 24 nations just deciding to cut everyone else adrift and scrapping qualification completely!

I see that the French FA are also pitching a 'six nations' tournament, featuring France, England, Germany, Italy, Holland and Spain. Sounds interesting, and a good foil and justification for England not entering the Celtic Cup.
I hate the idea and I bet after a few of these new EURO's we see another change back down. I don't see how it will work, 4 groups of 6 with only 2 going through is stupid...or 6 groups of 4 with 6 winners and 2 best runners up (EVEN STUPIDER).

This is only happening because ENG failed to qualify and UEFA loss out on huge amount of money plus other bigger nations are struggling more and more to qualify so ENG might not be the only big loss in future EURO's.

When I want FIFA to butt there noses in then never do.
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Old September 26 2008, 08:28 PM   #823
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I don't like this expansion either - it smacks of trying to make sure the less stable big teams like France and England qualify all the time. Sure, it may help teams like, say, Scotland, Norway and Denmark, but not especially.

The Six Nations sounds good though. Especially if it really were those six specifically. Cos ENGLAND would get caned every week
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Old September 27 2008, 08:17 PM   #824
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See the Arsenal lads are quiet tonight......

I'll just have to mention our fine victory at QPR - poetic justice for trying to screw us over with the ticket prices.
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Old September 27 2008, 08:48 PM   #825
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Sack Calderwood please.
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