I've not been particularly impressed, our style of play had all the same problems we suffer from in the first team. Was maybe a time for an overhaul and interview someone who has a real idea of an identity for the squad.
Hard to see who that can be, but Gareth Southgate seems to be saying the right noises about improvement at grass level. I'm not saying it should be him, but he and Trevor Brooking should be a two man interview team. I can't say I know who handles the interview process but you just feel it isn't proper footballing people.
What they should do is promote the guy who managed the U-17s in the Euros last year up to U-19, then U-21, as that group of players get older. That way they establish relationships, a consistent playing style and who knows, maybe they can make an internal promotion for the senior job, rather than relying on the Premier League to produce a good English manager, which, let's face it, isn't going to happen.
Welcome to the Republic of Ireland thread, which started back when Trapattoni was just about to be appointed.
His stint in charge has gone very well so far and we are confident of reaching the finals.
All discussion regarding Ireland, players, fixtures, results and the main man Trap himself go...
31 of the 32 teams have now officially booked their plane to Brazil (you can assume the last spot should go to Uruguay* with an unassailable lead of 5-0 over Jordan and playing later today):
2014 World Cup Qualified Teams
Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria
Roy Hodgson has announced his England squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is the omission of Ashley Young. 3 Man United players do feature (highlighted in bold).
He has gone with...
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Birmingham...
Notable results from tonight's games:
Moldova 0-5 England (Lampard with a brace)
Wales 0-2 Belgium (Kompany and Vertonghen), Collins was sent off.
Ireland 1-2 (Keane and Doyle)
Holland 2-0 Turkey (van Persie scored)
Germany 3-0 Faroe Islands (Özil scored a brace)
I've decided that the Wales NT needs a thread, yes, it'll get embarassing, and yes, I'll probably forget about it by the time the next internationals come around, but what the hell!
Let's crush the Luxembourg NT! :first:
(I'd take a 1-0)
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