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Discussion in 'International Football' started by Super_horns, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. Jackson

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    Agree with this.
    Iniesta and Silva have been great players for Spain but their retirements could be a blessing for them if they move onto a more direct fluid style of play.

    Their squad is arguably up there with France, Brazil and Belgium who are acknowledged as the 3 best international teams right now.
     
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    The surviving members of the World Cup winning team now are Ramos, Pique and Busquets and it's only Ramos who has performed for a while now.
     
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    Born in England to Ghanaian and Welsh parentage so that's hardly bred English. He has played every level representing Wales since he was 14 at every age level since so not sure about this "played all is football in England" If England were that interested they should have tracked him many years ago and followed it through to senior level.
     
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    Heard Paul Tisdale, who gave him his debut at 15(?) or something ridiculous talking about him on the radio. Said he told the England scouts about him immediately and they weren’t interested, saying they already had better players in his age group. Plonkers.
     
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    I bet I've spent more time in Wales than Ampadu and that's just holidays.
     
  7. Red Tide

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    Scotland recall Scott McKenna, Jack Hendry, Jon McLaughlin & Oli McBurnie for Israel & Portugal games

    4 hours ago | Scottish

    Nations League League C, Group 1: Israel v Scotland
    Venue: Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa Date: Thursday, 11 October Kick-off: 19:45 BST
    Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland; live text commentary on BBC Sport website
    Scotland have recalled defenders Scott McKenna and Jack Hendry, goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin and striker Oli McBurnie for next week's Nations League trip to Israel and a friendly against Portugal.

    Aberdeen centre-back McKenna and Swansea striker McBurnie return after missing the matches with Belgium and Albania with injuries.

    Sunderland keeper Jon McLaughlin takes over from Millwall's Jordan Archer.

    There is no place for Hibernian winger Martin Boyle, a target for Australia.

    The 25-year-old is expected to be called up by the Socceroos for a friendly against Kuwait despite interest from Scotland boss Alex McLeish.

    Aberdeen-born Boyle, whose father Graeme was born in Sydney, would only be fully committed to Australia once he has played a competitive international.

    "Martin has been in great form over the last year or so but I just felt we are pretty rich in that position," said McLeish, who confirmed Boyle would have been included in the summer tour squad but for injury.

    "I don't want to mess people about and bring them along as a cheerleader, or because they've been in great form.

    "What will be, will be. If it is meant for Martin to play for Scotland, then it could happen. Watch this space. He has got to keep playing at that level. Australia may snatch him, but at the moment I have got some really good players in that position."

    Scotland, who beat Albania 2-0 in their opening Nations League match, travel to face Israel next Thursday, 11 October, in Haifa before hosting Portugal in a friendly three days later.

    Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney, who had to pull out of the previous squad through injury, is missing again, although McLeish insists there is "nothing sinister" in his absence amid speculation England may try to persuade him to switch allegiance.

    "Fulham said he wasn't going to be available," McLeish said. "He only played for 20 minutes [in Fulham's 3-0 defeat at Everton] and has obviously missed a few weeks.

    "Whenever we have had Tom in the squad, he has integrated with the group brilliantly and we would expect him to prolong his Scotland career."

    Hendry 'has stood up to the test'

    McLeish said McBurnie "was in good scoring form" before his recent injury and was encouraged by his performance in Swansea's 3-0 Championship win over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

    "He didn't score, but he made a couple of goals and was very lively," he said. "It would be great to see Oli get off the mark in a Scotland jersey."

    McLeish also praised Hendry, 23, who earned plaudits for his first two Scotland caps against Hungary and Mexico but has endured a difficult time with Celtic of late.

    "He is still a young guy, he has come into a huge club at Celtic and it has been a rollercoaster at times," he added.

    "You have to take one or two knocks to become a top footballer. He has played very well for us and hopefully he is over the wee spell where he has taken some criticism.

    "It's a part of the game where you have to be strong enough mentally and he has stood up to the test."

    As well as Archer, Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack and Cardiff City's versatile Callum Paterson drop out of the squad.

    Scotland squad

    Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Celtic), Allan McGregor (Rangers), Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland).

    Defenders: Jack Hendry (Celtic), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen), John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian), Kieran Tierney (Celtic).

    Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), Kevin McDonald (Fulham), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United).

    Forwards: Leigh Griffiths (Celtic), Oliver McBurnie (Swansea), Steven Naismith (Heart of Midlothian), Johnny Russell (Sporting Kansas City).

    Scotland recall Scott McKenna, Jack Hendry, Jon McLaughlin & Oli McBurnie for Israel & Portugal games
     
  8. Deano

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    Coady should be in the squad announced today, there aren't enough CB's better than him, he is perfect for the centre of a back 3, brilliant range of passing from the back - knows the position perfect. We will see if Southgate has been watching properly at 2.
     
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    Republic of Ireland: Declan Rice remains absent from squad for Denmark and Wales matches

    1 hour ago | Republic of Ireland

    Declan Rice remains absent from the Republic of Ireland squad for their Uefa Nations League matches against Denmark and Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

    The West Ham player is considering his international future as he contemplates a switch to play for England.

    Cardiff City midfielder Harry Arter has been included in the 32-man provisional squad after he was involved in a row with assistant manager Roy Keane.

    The Republic play host to Denmark on 13 October and Wales on 16 October.

    O'Neill remains optimistic that Rice will commit to the Republic after revealing that he has remained in contact with the player, while also revealing that Arter has returned to the panel after clear the air talks with Keane.

    "I've spoken to Declan and his family and they want a little bit more time to make his mind up. He hasn't made a decision yet. I am hopeful," said O'Neill.

    "Roy and Harry have had a chat and sorted it all out. Harry is happy to be back and wants to put it behind him.

    "He is happy with the outcome and looking forward to coming in."

    Team captain Seamus Coleman will miss this month's double header with a foot injury while Ipswich striker Jonathan Walters (Achilles) and Burnley's Robbie Brady and Stephen Ward (both knee injuries) have also been ruled out.

    O'Neill has been able to recall Stoke winger James McClean, who missed the Republic's opening Nations League defeat by Wales in Cardiff because of a wrist injury, while there are also recalls for strikers Shane Long, Seanie Maguire and Scott Hogan.

    Midfielder Richie Towell has been called up to the senior squad for the first time after the former League of Ireland Player of the Year's impressive start to the season at Rotherham United but James McCarthy has been overlooked after only recently returning to training following the double leg break he suffered last January.

    The Republic's heavy 4-1 loss in Cardiff has left them at the foot of Group B4 and this month's back to back matches will be crucial if they are to mount a challenge for automatic qualification for the 2020 European Championships.

    Republic of Ireland Squad

    Goalkeepers:
    Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Colin Doyle (Hearts), Sean McDermott (Kristiansund BK)

    Defenders: Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Kevin Long (Burnley), John Egan, Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Greg Cunningham (Cardiff City)

    Midfielders: Alan Judge (Brentford), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Shaun Williams (Millwall), David Meyler (Reading), Harry Arter (Bournemouth, on loan at Cardiff City), Daryl Horgan (Hibernian), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City), Richie Towell (Brighton & Hove Albion, on loan at Rotherham United)

    Forwards: Shane Long (Southampton), Graham Burke, Callum Robinson, Sean Maguire (Preston North End), Aiden O'Brien (Millwall), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth)

    Republic of Ireland: Declan Rice remains absent from squad for Denmark and Wales matches

     
  10. Red Tide

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    Uefa Nations League: Countries to get paid more money for taking part

    37 minutes ago | Football
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    Each of the 55 European countries in the Nations League will receive more money, Uefa has confirmed.

    The overall winning country will collect 10.5m euros (£9.18m), an increase from the original figure of 7.5m euros (£6.55m).

    Each nation's "solidarity payment", is being increased by 50%, with more prize money also for the four league winners.

    The increase in money was made possible by "Uefa's solid financial situation" and "earnings from Euro 2016".

    It means England, who are in the top section, will earn a minimum of 2.25m euros (£1.97m), while second-tier Northern Ireland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland will collect at least 1.5m euros (£1.31m), with Scotland, in the third level, picking up no less than 1.125m euros (£982,950).

    The competition is split into four leagues, based on each nation's coefficient ranking, with 12 teams in Leagues A and B, 15 in League C and 16 in league D with the first-phase matches taking place during the international breaks in September, October, and November.

    One winner from each league will earn a spot at Euro 2020, with the top four nations from League A battling to become the overall Nations League champion in June.

    England lost 2-1 to Spain at Wembley in their Nations League opener and play in Croatia on Friday.

    Northern Ireland were beaten 2-1 by Bosnia-Herzegovina, with Wales winning 4-1 against the Republic of Ireland but then losing 2-0 to Denmark, while Scotland won their first game - 2-0 against Albania.

    Uefa Nations League: Countries to get paid more money for taking part


     
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    Poor result for Scotland last night and given their record in Euro qualifying you'd think LON would be a genuine chance for them qualifying for the Euro's.
     
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    I saw the team before I went out and lastand thought it looked the strongest it has in a while. Particularly at the back. Couldn't believe they lost.
     
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    Too many players playing out of position.

    Neither Tierney or Robertson playing LB is madness, O'Donnell isn't a RWB, Mulgrew is past it at this level also.

    McDonald has been brutal the last few games for Scotland but still gets played. Naismith isn't an International level striker anymore and is much better in behind a striker anyway and to tell Griffiths he won't be playing a month before the games was amateurish from Mcleish.

    McGregor is playing in an unfimilar position also and can't find the strikers as both Russell and Naismith don't play off the last defender the way Griffiths does and that's when McGregor can get the ball down and play him in, it's just not working the now.

    Forrest gets thrown on with 20 minutes to go... Guess where... Out of position.

    Mcleish is a dinosaur of the game and only got the job due to an old pals act, I actually think he has some underlying issues as he struggles to put together a sentence so I can't imagine much instruction is getting through to the players.

    Scotland will continue to go backwards under him, we would have been better sticking with Strachan and putting up with Chris Martin upfront.
     
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    A team should be able to play out of position against Israel and win.
     
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    We are Scotland not Barcelona and Israel isnt a bunch of farmers running about, tactics at International level is very important. Just take the over achieving of Norther Ireland as an example.
     
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    Compared to them you should be the international equivalent, they are ranked 93rd in the world. The team that played last night should be seeing off that side hands down.


    Tactics?!? They have lost 4 of their last 5 games i'm not sure there is any tactics in that at all. You can't compare a successful qualification campaign to Israel winning one game of football.
     
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    They should but when you have a diddy as a manager nothing will improve. Scotland were on the up under Strachan then they got shot of him and brought a dinosaur in.
     
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    Dier and Sterling both starting for England.

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