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What does Phillips offer as an 8? I'm not certain but for Leeds he plays as a 6, so in my mind he is competing with Rice for the 6 spot. We are essentially playing two dms but one is being used to roam around (Phillips) however I'd rather have someone else play that role, someone who offers more as an 8. That's why I couldn't believe Ward Prowse wasn't selected after a good season and he has the added advantage with his ability in dead ball situations. Can Grealish play in the 8 role? I just think against the better teams we are going to struggle with both Rice and Phillips in the same sideWe haven't been great. We've been functional but we've been in complete control of each game, even when the oppo has applied pressure and upped the tempo against us, more importantly, we've looked comfortable at the back when we've been pressed!! This has always been our issue and where we've lost games. Iceland is perhaps the most extreme, the moment they pressed us (which wasn't very often) we coughed up possession and looked extremely vulnerable. Even worse is that it affected our "game state", this undefinable presence that we can all feel as too do the players on either side.
Whilst Mings has defended just fine, his inability to join attacks with progressive line braking passes and bringing the ball out of defence is non-existent, Maguire and Stones both capable of doing this, which allows us to draw oppo onto us, step into midfield with the ball or as evidenced last night play some very incisive balls to advanced forwards or FB's pushed higher and staying wide creating space in oppo defence.
I get wanting to see a higher tempo game from us but screaming at the moon about having 2 DM's when we aren't playing 2 DM's is nonsense.
I want to see us play with a higher temp, press more and move the ball faster but aside from Kane the players are there to do that but why do that when you've already qualified, why expend all that energy and go into fatigue against a better side than us which is when you are going to need to do that, to empty yourself. If you go into a game already half-cooked what good is that, especially against better oppo? (Stones went off last night not because of injury but because of fatigue).
We've looked comfortably in every game, even against Scotland where we didn't look good (outplayed in midfield), but I disagree with the commentary around it in that I thought we completely deserved to win that game and were unlucky not to score from our chances we created, which were far bigger opportunities than Scotlands.
We absolutely do need to up our tempo and I'm hoping that we are able to do that in a game when it demands such.
have picked two players that play DM for their clubs doesn't mean they paly DM for England, that simply hasn't been the case in ANY of the games we've palyed.What does Phillips offer as an 8? I'm not certain but for Leeds he plays as a 6, so in my mind he is competing with Rice for the 6 spot. We are essentially playing two dms but one is being used to roam around (Phillips) however I'd rather have someone else play that role, someone who offers more as an 8. That's why I couldn't believe Ward Prowse wasn't selected after a good season and he has the added advantage with his ability in dead ball situations. Can Grealish play in the 8 role? I just think against the better teams we are going to struggle with both Rice and Phillips in the same side
How has James Ward-Prowse fooled so many people into thinking he is good?
He is very mediocre in open play, great at set pieces, but offers little outside of that. There is no way he should be close to this England team (or Spurs) England should not need to make their team much weaker just to shoe horn in a player to take set pieces.
Bullying sometimes serves a pivotal and necessary social purpose. It is a tool for humans to enforce social codes and hierarchies necessary to survive during times of extreme violence, scarcity of food etc.
So I'll take it as a compliment
The most common reason for bullying. A social outcast seeking acceptance.
Now stop carding him for literally nothing. Bully.