I hadn’t watched an England game for a while.

I love the tournaments and look forward to watching England in them, though a bit like Newcastle it is with no expectation of anything positive happening overall.

It is a poor substitute for proper (club) football but nevertheless, you can’t help but look forward to a World Cup.

However, watching England last night, it was the same old same old.

They played quite well in the first half and deserved to lead, taking their two chances through Kane and Cahill.

However, once again you have to laugh as the commentators and pundits get totally carried away on the evidence of very little.

Nigeria never got going in that opening 45 minutes and as a reminder to the experts getting carried away with yesterday’s first half, the opposition are only ranked 47th in the world (England are 11th).

Their star players are Victor Moses, John Obi Mikel, and former Watford striker Odion Ighalo, yet they still came out in the second half an were much the better team, scored quickly through Iwobi, and arguably deserved to draw.

I was interested to hear amongst the comments as England struggled in that second half, that our side was missing somebody who could put their foot on the ball in midfield, as well as then a call for someone to calm and settle things at the back, as Southgate’s team began to look ragged.

I wonder what Jonjo Shelvey and Jamaal Lascelles were thinking as they watched on TV?

England have got a few good players such as Kane, Walker and Sterling, then a lot of half decent players.

Then Southgate started making his substitutions…

Danny Rose and Rashford are obviously talented players but how on earth are Loftus-Cheek, Welbeck and Delph in this World Cup squad?

Welbeck has only made 12 PL starts this past season, whilst Loftus-Cheek has done next to nothing for me to be included, if this pair weren’t playing in London they’d have no chance, the same with Cahill, who apparently had a great game and was man of the match because he scored…

Fabian Delph had been playing at left-back for Man City, when selected, but came on in midfield for England, and looked really poor.

The average to poor nature of most of this squad, outside the obvious handful of players, leaves me wondering just how Jonjo Shelvey in particular could be overlooked, whilst nobody can tell me Cahill is better than Lascelles.

Yet all you heard after the game from commentators/pundits was how great everybody had done…

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Load of Krap,
    Nigeria are the lowest ranked African team at the WC, the top ranked team are in England`s Group.
    the midfield was Shocking. the defence, not much better

    • East Durham Mag

      England have Tunisia the top African team in the group.
      Taxi for England.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Should be Taxi 🚖 for Southgate but he`s a FA man, only the Media can force him out if it goes Pear shaped

        • HarryHype59

          He didn’t have a clue how to counter Nigeria tactically in the second half. How did a bloke who was sacked by Boro, end up getting the England job?

          • MichaelMaximusMoose


          • Coach Clagnut

            He speaks ” scenty-bottle English,with a plum on the side”.

          • porciestreet

            He has a nice suit and says yes a lot.

          • nufcslf

            My argument over here with other English supporters, who oddly say he has done well. I give in.

    • HarryHype59

      England could fail to get out of the group stages, just like last time.

      • East Durham Mag

        Its a distinct possibility.

        • porciestreet

          And a proper whack in the chops for Southgate which is long overdue.

  • Mrkgw

    Some of the commentary is as always, pathetic. Gushing. The England set up are equally awful. Sadly, I can’t get excited about the world cup especially, given the fact that the side contains no Newcastle players and is overpopulated by those from Spurs, Man U etc. Disgusting.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Southgate`s England`s Pardspew, talks a load of schitt

      • Shields Mag

        Aye, The new Wally with the Brolley I reckon

      • porciestreet

        And people listen…..!

  • porciestreet

    Ha Ha Ha……the Landan old boys club is in evidence yet again.

    • Coach Clagnut

      A fowt is wus Lahndin innit!

  • HarryHype59

    I find it embarrassing the way mediocre players are selected for England, simply because they play for a “fashionable” club. Ashley Young, Delph Welbeck, Stones shouldn’t be in the England squad, yet alone first eleven.

    Ali and Sterling are over rated products of a hyped premier league. England haven’t had a semi decent team in over ten years.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      And Sterling was up to his old tricks, diving

    • Geordiegiants

      Although I agree with your sentiment, I’m not sure Ali is over rated, he is a very good prospect, head and shoulders better than any player we have.

      • HarryHype59

        Until he performs well in a major tournament I remain unconvinced!

        • Geordiegiants

          I would say the premier league is a major tournament.

          • HarryHype59

            He is playing in cheque book assembled side, that dominates an over hyped league but couldn’t get past the quarter final stage of the CL. If he manages to have a successful WC I will change my mind.

          • Geordiegiants

            Fair enough.

      • porciestreet

        He’s a divin cheatin git and sadly it nullifies his talent which is significant.

        • Geordiegiants

          Maradonna is the greatest footballer to of ever lived in my eyes.

  • Paul Patterson

    Lascelles, Shelvey and former toon man Townsend should be in the squad at least.

  • Toon

    England will be out be out after dire goalless draws with Tunisia and Panama and defeat to Belgium, players have always been totally hyped up and over rated, glad no NUFC players will be involved. Prefer them to rest and be back for us fit and ready

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    When Pardew gets to be England Manager it’ll all be different……

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      I am quite surprised “The Wimbledon Winda Fixer” was not appointed as the manager.
      Then again, There is time yet to see the old pals act in action with Alan standing proudly in his blazer with three lions on it after Southgate inevitably louses it up very soon !

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    I find it incredulous that some still buy into the con game which is The England Football Team.
    I was unfortunate enough to be walking past an idiot box when I heard the strains of Glenn Hoddle’s old woman pontificating during another riveting cure for insomnia, (Sorry), England game !

    The same bile, Platitudes, Excuses etc, Were being spoken again by the same suited generic knackers which has been commonplace for the last how ever many years.
    Some faces change but the rhetoric is the same and nothing has changed on the pitch in the intervening years.
    They are still no further forward in their quest to have a team which is geared up or has a modicum of a chance of winning a tournament.
    The same tired old excuses about why, How etc, Without anyone getting anywhere near or daring to tell the truth.

    The whole lot of “The Lancaster Gate Mob” want clearing out from top to bottom for a start !
    The whole fabric of the set up of what has become England Football wants tearing down and started again from scratch with people who might know what they are doing !
    Until then the whole thing is going to play out ironically like an archaic medieval joust with the same laughable outcome.

    • Duh

      Yeah I don’t bother with England, mismanaged more than Newcastle and of course that is some achievement.

  • Mxpx

    Interesting how the article says England have some good players an seems to be including sterling I both agree and disagree simultaneously…. He’s a good player for man City but he’s never really been a good player for England this is why I’d pick players like Wilshere and townsend they always show up for England even if they aren’t the top players for their clubs

  • nufcslf

    Will watch bits and pieces of the World Cup, but have no faith in the England set up whatsoever.