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8 minutes ago, Brunners said:

I think our goal may have actually been our only shot on target?

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Ouch ūü§£

When you see something like that it makes you think about stuff and I think its an appropriate time to also say how positive this forum is for myself and my mental health and mood.  It’s a great place

The problem with the gesture itself (in my opinion) is that there are no concrete goals. 'End racism' is a noble idea, but how do we know when that's been achieved? Can it be achieved? I wonder i

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2 hours ago, sanddancer said:

I can’t get excited about England with GS in charge because the players are better then results suggest. GS is England manager by virtue of being a WOKE of the highest degree. He is a bar of soap in a suit every mother would want a daughter to bring home. He is a car salesmen, a muppet that bottled it and was decorated for failing in the easiest World Cup known to date. 

What the *** is that supposed to mean ūüėā

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8 hours ago, Humpty said:

What the *** is that supposed to mean ūüėā

Don’t like him. 
 

Our stadium look fantastic on the television though. 

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10 hours ago, SmogDane said:

A tale of two halfs 

Germany 1-1 Denmark 

Not the worst kinda preparation for the coming games.

Did England play boring? I saw the result ... Clean sheat and victory cant be that bad ūüėȬ†

Three English teams in the European finals made this game a little pointless... Missing about 7/8 starters and TAA pulling up at the end shows why everyone is playing in 2nd gear after an intense season. Got some game time for Bellingham and Grealish who look like good options.

England fans love to blow friendlies (and mostly everything) out of proportion though¬†ūüôÉ

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10 hours ago, SmogDane said:

A tale of two halfs 

Germany 1-1 Denmark 

Not the worst kinda preparation for the coming games.

Did England play boring? I saw the result ... Clean sheat and victory cant be that bad ūüėȬ†

Eh, I thought we played pretty well for the first hour or so, considering it was a friendly. Not brilliant, but not terrible either. Controlled the game pretty well without creating any really good chances. The only real moment of quality led to our goal - very nicely worked and well taken by Bukayo Saka...not the easiest finish from that angle.

After Southgate rang the changes and put a bunch of subs on we rather lost the plot. Austria looked a lot more dangerous and it needed some rather desperate defending late on to keep a clean sheet.

Also annoyed by the idiots in the crowd that chose to boo the players when they took a knee before kick-off. Pleased they were quickly drowned out by the majority with applause.

Overall, I don't think we can take too much from this as to how England will line up for the tournament. Seems Southgate used the game to take a look at a lot of fringe players.

 

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Just heard there were boos over taking the knee at the Riverside last night. Argue all you want about its effectiveness but what are people booing now? At this point, it's people actively taking a stance against whatever extremist minority 'took a hold' of the BLM movement that are perpetuating that idea as an active force in the battle against racism.

People say taking the knee was 'hijacked' or whatever, sod off, you can't move on and recognise football will continue to do this to promote a purely anti-racism message. It's on you if you view that in any other way, at this point. Shame on those who booed.

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32 minutes ago, wilsoncgp said:

you can't move on and recognise football will continue to do this to promote a purely anti-racism message.

The fact some people can't make that distinction, despite most clubs saying the reason they are doing it is purely to promote an anti-rasicm message and not an endorsement of the BLM movement, is pretty laughable at this stage.

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It was very disappointing to hear although thankfully the majority after the booing began, cheered and drowned out the boos. The sad thing is it has tarnished what should be an amazing opportunity/experience for the area.

On the game all I can remember was how cold it was. I felt Grealish showed why he should play at the Euros he didn't create a great deal but he is that one player who can dribble past players and gets free kicks very often in dangerous areas. I also felt Mings and Pickford had pretty solid games. Although to be honest overall it felt like a non competitive friendly generally and I would argue no more than 4 that played tonight will start against Croatia. It was also a shame TAA got the injury at the end although he wasn't having a great game prior to it.

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5 minutes ago, smogsterking the Inspirati said:

On the game all I can remember was how cold it was. I felt Grealish showed why he should play at the Euros he didn't create a great deal but he is that one player who can dribble past players and gets free kicks very often in dangerous areas. I also felt Mings and Pickford had pretty solid games. Although to be honest overall it felt like a non competitive friendly generally and I would argue no more than 4 that played tonight will start against Croatia. It was also a shame TAA got the injury at the end although he wasn't having a great game prior to it.

Anyway moving away from the start of the game and looking at the actual play. 

I'd agree with all those points above, Pickford in terms of his distribution is very important for us. When Pope had his games in goal the difference between the two with the ball at their feet is like chalk and cheese. I'd also add Trippier and Saka did well on the left hand side too.

The midfield of Rice and Bellingham was exposed at times and you can see how a "better" side in a competitive game would probably be able to capitalise.

Onto Romania on Sunday, hopefully we can get through that game unscathed and get a few more minutes under certain players belts.

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There are definitely enough racist arseholes from Teesside that I'm sure joined in with the booing, but there was a huge contingent who came to the match from outside of the area.

It's also far from the first time it's been booed since the fans have been allowed back in, and that's across the breadth of the country, so hopefully it's not painted as a problem stemming from our area alone.

I was embarrassed and angry when it happened, thankfully the majority quickly clapped over it.

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23 minutes ago, smogsterking the Inspirati said:

It was very disappointing to hear although thankfully the majority after the booing began, cheered and drowned out the boos. The sad thing is it has tarnished what should be an amazing opportunity/experience for the area.

On the game all I can remember was how cold it was. I felt Grealish showed why he should play at the Euros he didn't create a great deal but he is that one player who can dribble past players and gets free kicks very often in dangerous areas. I also felt Mings and Pickford had pretty solid games. Although to be honest overall it felt like a non competitive friendly generally and I would argue no more than 4 that played tonight will start against Croatia. It was also a shame TAA got the injury at the end although he wasn't having a great game prior to it.

The problem I fear Grealish is going to face is clashing with Kane for space. Grealish plays in that hole that Kane likes to drop into. They stepped on each other’s toes a few times last night. Mount will start in that role against Croatia. I love Grealish by the way. Proper player.

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