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I think if a sporting event in England can get 31m viewers in 2021 (when people don't even watch TV anymore) then it is probably worth as much coverage as can be ground out of it. That is 4 more milli

I'm as high as a kite. Despite my morbid obesity, hypertension and ridiculous back pain, I played rugby today for the first time in 30 years. The burn, exhilaration and buzz I got from that was e

Before we get to the final and either go all fatalistically maudlin or ridiculously incoherently joyful ... this has been a really good tournament, hasn't it? Majority decent games (some actually

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1 hour ago, Bob8 said:

Being abroad has given me a different perspective.

I saw in the Danish newspaper a preview of the tournament and England were one of the big three favourites they listed. They would seem like hubris to British ears if it came from an English person, but it is reasonable.

The Danish side of 1986 were great, but in the end disappointing. Equally, the 2006 England side had great players, but were disappointing.

Even your post indicates the chance of actually beating a genuinely decent side seems far fetched. This makes sense based on England experience, but shows the modesty of ambition.

I often read foreign newspapers on translate, and they pretty much all have us as one of the 4 or so potential winners. 

In 2018 I was saying we were overdue a decent run. People forget that 1990 came after our worst ever tournament performance. 

We're way overdue beating a big country in a knockout game. In reality 1966 was the last time. The only other candidates are 1990 Belgium and 1996 Spain who IMO can't be classed as big teams.

I think I'd take knocking out a Germany, Italy, France or Portugal as a success. 

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1 hour ago, DavidM said:

Indeed . Theyve a good turnout

There are a lot about 😊

It wasn't a good result for Turkey in the end. However finishing second gives a potentially winnable couple of knockout games so still all to play for.

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10 hours ago, Niels said:

There are a lot about 😊

It wasn't a good result for Turkey in the end. However finishing second gives a potentially winnable couple of knockout games so still all to play for.

I hope they’ve got a lot more than that because it looked like they gave it up from near the start 

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Just now, Bleep1673 said:

Turkey definitely gave up after the own goal

Although I was watching the tennis too.

Where were you last Thursday?

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21 hours ago, Futtocks said:

The current crop of England players have had experience of success in the various youth tournaments, which might be a help this time around. To be honest, I really don't know. I have neither high, low or medium expectations at the moment.

There’s some really good footballers in this current crop; players who like being on the ball. Grealish, Bellingham, Mount etc… it’s not often we’ve been able to say that. The likes of Gerrard, Lampard et al were great footballers but high energy and not great at retaining possession. Hopefully this current crop can bring that to the national team as it’s needed at this level. 

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What is going on right now with Christian Eriksen is very scary. Surely they can't play on?

"Men will be proud to say 'I am a European'. We hope to see a day when men of every country will think as much of being a European as of being from their native land." (Winston Churchill)

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Just now, Futtocks said:

What is going on right now with Christian Eriksen is very scary. Surely they can't play on?

Collapsed , they were giving him CPR so maybe a heart attack . Awful 

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Finally, they cut away to the studio.

"Men will be proud to say 'I am a European'. We hope to see a day when men of every country will think as much of being a European as of being from their native land." (Winston Churchill)

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7 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

Finally, they cut away to the studio.

Way too late . There’ll  be some reaction to that 

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Seems that it was whoever broadcasts on behalf of UEFA who chose the feed we all saw. The BBC was far from alone in not cutting to a studio or just away from football entirely. A pox on all of them.

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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4 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

Seems that it was whoever broadcasts on behalf of UEFA who chose the feed we all saw. The BBC was far from alone in not cutting to a studio or just away from football entirely. A pox on all of them.

Indeed . And then a picture of his wife being comforted . Sickening 

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3 minutes ago, DavidM said:

Indeed . And then a picture of his wife being comforted . Sickening 

That was completely unforgivable.

As has been pointed out, they manage to cut away from streakers without so much of a glimpse of a flying cock but for this we need close ups of emergency CPR?

I fear for the worst and pray for the best for the player. Nothing else matters right now.

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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I just read about it on the BBC site now.

Like everyone I am shocked and glad he has stabilised. 

He is such a classy and graceful player. Also the medical staff appear to have reacted excellently.

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Rapid fire treatment , absolutely vital . I’m so pleased it’s good news . One positive is they’ll now check him and test him thoroughly to see what the underlying problem is . That was a warning , some people in that situation never get the second chance .All the best to him 

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15 minutes ago, Spidey said:

So relieved 

If ever there was an example of a horrible corporate statement this was it. 

The main message there shouldn't have been the afterthought. 

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