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So, this World Cup thing, then...

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I suppose it needs a thread, despite being considerably less bodacious than last year's fabulous Rugby League version. ;) Just a heads-up - there's a "no commentary option" via the rd button for the current match between Colombia and Greece.

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Watched a bit, can't see it catching on.

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The 'no commentary' thing is something the BBC have occasionally done before. It allows you to crank the volume and really get a buzz from the crowd noise.

Mind you, yesterday, they were offering 'Radio 1 commentary' as the red button option.

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It seems to me that the team that can con the most free kicks out if the ref will win the tournament.

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Cheating and corruption go hand in hand in soccer both on and off the field

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How dare you impugn the good names of Blatter, Platini and Dastardly! I am outraged! Outraged, I tell you!

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Oh! Do keep up.

The World Cup was last year.

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Oh! Do keep up.

The World Cup was last year.

It's next year actually.

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I'm actually going to watch tonight's game...

 

1:0 to Italy already with the national anthems.

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Phil Neville has to have the most boring voice in TV commentary.  He should be doing snooker commentary...

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Still watching the 80's special on BBC 2 (TOTP) will turn over when its finished.

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This has been rather good, but in the England goal celebrations, their physio has dislocated his ankle. Painful!

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From what I saw...pretty good performance from England. Far better than I expected. Can't stand Italy when it comes to football. ..always disliked them since I was young.

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Italy actually played a positive, attacking style - quite unlike them.

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Italy actually played a positive, attacking style - quite unlike them.

For Italy, it was. That's not saying much though. Can't stop, I am off out to smash up a local Italian restaurant by way of retribution.

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England are still in a better position than the current world champions!

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Rooney was abysmal today, completely agree with Shearer. Though so was Baines, can't believe I'm wishing Ca$hley went instead and Henderson. Bring in Barkley, Lallana, Shaw and Lambert for the Uruguay game, but I can't see Woy dropping 'golden boy'. 

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I'll tell you how limited my knowledge of football is nowadays, I know Rooney/Gerrard( and apart from Jack Wilshire..who I have only *heard* of, I only knew of Daniel Sturridge because of that Subway advert....possibly someone else who i have forgotten but that's better IMO than the 2002 'We're going to win' approach.

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I actually enjoyed watching the England team last night. 2nd half a bit sloppy but it was the most attacking ive seen us.

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Rooney was abysmal today, completely agree with Shearer. Though so was Baines, can't believe I'm wishing Ca$hley went instead and Henderson. Bring in Barkley, Lallana, Shaw and Lambert for the Uruguay game, but I can't see Woy dropping 'golden boy'.

Rooney was poor last night bar the quality cross for Sturridge's goal. He had one clear real chance and fluffed it; compare that to Balotelli who buried his only chance. As Shearer stated, that is the difference at this level; world class players take their chances at this level and Rooney has proved once again he isn't up to scratch. Those calling for him to be played more centrally including Graham Taylor and Rio Ferdinand need their heads testing when you consider how well Sturridge and Sterling played.

I think you are over critical of Baines. Whilst not being great, that was a result of him being isolated in the first half due to Rooney's poor attempts to fill in the hole in front and a similar incident for the second goal when Welbeck was lazy and never cut down the space in front of Baines.

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i know nothing of this football game you speak of but i do know all the pundits say rooney is playing out of position so why don't they play him in his best position.

i told my 89 year old mum he didn't score because he was offside, she said if he's poorly he shouln't be playing ;)

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i know nothing of this football game you speak of but i do know all the pundits say rooney is playing out of position so why don't they play him in his best position.

i told my 89 year old mum he didn't score because he was offside, she said if he's poorly he shouln't be playing ;)

 

Where have we heard this before?

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Rooney was poor last night bar the quality cross for Sturridge's goal. He had one clear real chance and fluffed it; compare that to Balotelli who buried his only chance. As Shearer stated, that is the difference at this level; world class players take their chances at this level and Rooney has proved once again he isn't up to scratch. Those calling for him to be played more centrally including Graham Taylor and Rio Ferdinand need their heads testing when you consider how well Sturridge and Sterling played.

 

Definitely. How many chances has he had now? He's just not good enough when it comes to the big international tournaments. He may score loads of goals against San Marino and Estonia, but when it comes to it, he'll be remembered for never scoring at a WC. Had to laugh at Shearer getting criticised so much last night, at least he scored at a WC and was golden boot winner at Euro 96. I'd drop Rooney for Barkley/Lallana against Uruguay.

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I'd drop Rooney for Barkley/Lallana against Uruguay.

Oxlade Chamberlain would be my choice; real pace with excellent attacking intent. Uruguay are very slow at the back and all the games so far have shown that pace and quick attacking movements bring goals against any defence. If we move the ball quickly and take our chances, we'll qualify.

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