04 Jul 2018 07:10:42
Good morning guys

We can't be changing Sterling for Vardy and Alli for Dier while leaving Rashford and Loftus Cheek on the bench when we need to WIN the game; Kane and Vardy are similar in that they both want the ball played into feet. Worse still is having a midfield of Henderson and Dier. What was that? Did he think that Lingard would do the running alone? Seriously, use that against a better team and they'll thump us. Please get the message to Southgate; When a game is poised such as the last one, you need to bring in pacy and creative players who can increase your lead rather than rest on your laurels. Just my two cents.

{Ed001's Note - Vardy doesn't want the ball played into feet, he wants it in behind to run onto, completely different thing.}

1.) 04 Jul 2018
04 Jul 2018 07:54:37
Hi Ed001, That may be the case but he still lacks genuine pace / dribbling skill to take him past defenders; maybe the odd one.

{Ed001's Note - pardon? Have you ever seen Vardy play? He is one of the paciest players on earth. He is almost purely about pace.}

2.) 04 Jul 2018
04 Jul 2018 08:03:35
Kenny. You answered your own question. Apart from Lingard, England do not possess a creative midfielder. Instead of dier, i would've taken Wilshire, as he's the only english midfielder who can create something.

3.) 04 Jul 2018
04 Jul 2018 08:06:41
Perhaps I haven't seen that from him then, I remember when he messed us up under LVG in Leicester's 5-3 win but other than that I haven't been so keen - Fair play to Southgate then? Though I still think playing him and Kane without any creativity behind them doesn't do much for the team.

{Ed001's Note - how have you not seen his pace? That is almost all his game is. I can see the thinking behind what Southgate did, but it was a mistake, he would have been better to try and keep possession and play out time as Colombia were awful.}

4.) 04 Jul 2018
04 Jul 2018 08:12:54
AAA, I have gone through the final 23 squad severally to try to identify creativity; unfortunately you're right; England doesn't have creative players like Pogba, Silva, etc. If Mata was English he'd have certainly made the team.

Ed001 - Agreed, exactly my point.

5.) 04 Jul 2018
04 Jul 2018 08:16:27
The dier sub was understandable as he wanted to protect the 1-0 lead, didn't work on this occasion but better managers have tried this and ended up giving up the lead. For example mourinhos fascination with bringing on john obi mikel on to protect a lead in his second spell at chelsea.

Dont see any problem bringing vardy on late in the game. Either him or rashford against a tired defence is going to be useful for the team with their pace.

6.) 04 Jul 2018
04 Jul 2018 08:59:56
Jeez, and I thought we won.

7.) 04 Jul 2018
04 Jul 2018 09:38:25
Were Kenya playing last night?

To be fair if the only time you have seen Vardy play was in September 2014 it's not really a surprise you don't know much about him.

What a night, what a win, it's coming home!

8.) 04 Jul 2018
04 Jul 2018 11:54:23
I agree with you the subs unbalanced the side, and i would have done the same replacements as you. But vardy is a greyhound, the ball is the rabbit draw your own conclusion.

9.) 04 Jul 2018
04 Jul 2018 11:57:34
That was fantastic.

Vardy for the last three seasons - hit the ball in behind the defence and I’ll use my pace to run in behind and score.

KenyanRD - that sluggish Vardy just wants ball to feet.

10.) 04 Jul 2018
04 Jul 2018 12:47:11
Wilshire would probably be on crutches by now so wouldn't add anything. Alli an Sterling were awful and gave nothing. Subs were understandable at the time. They didn't work. Colombia were awful and weren't interested in playing football.

11.) 04 Jul 2018
04 Jul 2018 12:05:41
Dier had a shocker when he came on, all he did was give the ball away and foul. Really struggled to get into the pace of the game.

But then he tucked away that spot kick and all is forgiven, could have kissed him!

12.) 04 Jul 2018
04 Jul 2018 13:07:44
The only problem with the subs is that they were too late.

We were getting kicked in the middle of the park and needed to add the strength of Dier and / or RLC earlier on.

Vardy or Rashford again was the right call but it was 20 minutes too late. Sterling should've been subbed much earlier.

But we won so who cares! IT'S COMING HOME!