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England's attack

With Foden and Greenwood making the headlines again, it got me thinking about the England attacking potential over the next several tournaments. It's starting to look pretty damn interesting.

Kane, Streling, Rashford, Sancho, Abraham, Greenwood, Foden, The Ox, Ali, Lingard

That's a great balance of well established, top quality players and serious potential. We still need to see some more midfield options to backup and feed that attack, but goals shouldn't be a problem. Euro 2020 being delayed could have played into our hands.

posted on 3/7/20

Moving to Germany hasn't gone well for Oxford. He's at Augsburg now and doesn't really play.

posted on 3/7/20

How you guys rate this new generation compared to the golden one?

posted on 3/7/20

England have a horses for courses squad. That back four is the biggest worry, we can score against anyone but can’t keep clean sheets against quality, and it’s not just because of the midfield - functional midfields have succeeded plenty of times at international level when they perform well at both ends of the pitch.

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posted on 3/7/20

comment by Commiseration to any non-Liverpool fans currently living in the UK (U10012)
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How you guys rate this new generation compared to the golden one?
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The GG had a better defence, this one has a better attack (potentially).

posted on 3/7/20

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Going to be interesting to see if Brewster can make the step up too.
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Who is the other young lad from Liverpool that was supposed to be decent? Woodburn or something?
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Hes Welsh and not going to make it
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Yeh, I knew he was Welsh. Just wondered what was happening with him. I saw him play a few cameos a couple of years back and he looked decent, but not heard anything of him since.
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He went on loan at Sheff United last season and had a mare.

This season he was at Oxford but broke his foot and has been out for 6 months.
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That's a shame. I think that serious injures have a huge impact on player development when they are still in their teens.

posted on 3/7/20

comment by Spurtle (U1608)
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comment by Commiseration to any non-Liverpool fans currently living in the UK (U10012)
posted 5 minutes ago
How you guys rate this new generation compared to the golden one?
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The GG had a better defence, this one has a better attack (potentially).
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I think that is a fair assessment. What I would say is that I think that the current lot could well go on and do more than the supposed golden generation.

I don't think that there is the same level of animosity between clubs/players as there was during that period. The game is less physical and as such there aren't as many flash points, so on the whole, the players seem to get on better. Hopefully this means that the cliques don't form during international duty.

Southgate is a clever chap and I am sure that this is something that he looks at during England camps.

posted on 3/7/20

That back four is the biggest worry, we can score against anyone but can’t keep clean sheets against quality, and it’s not just because of the midfield - functional midfields have succeeded plenty of times at international level when they perform well at both ends of the pitch.

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Yeah but that does depend on our midfield actually performing.

One of our biggest issues at tournaments has been keeping and progressing the ball under pressure, even when we're not under pressure and sustaining attacks and it's put even more strain on the defence. I think that's still going to be an area of concern.

Also I do think we could put out a reasonably decent defence, certainly a better one than we've seen at some recent tournaments.

posted on 3/7/20

Shame our holding midfield options are pretty dire...

Henderson, Rice and Dier.

posted on 3/7/20

comment by Bruno’s right knee (U21050)
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Shame our holding midfield options are pretty dire...

Henderson, Rice and Dier.
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Fingers crossed Garner can continue to develop and stake a claim for that position.

posted on 3/7/20

TRS, it’ll depend on the opposition really. It’s also worth noting that this current England team is far better on the counter than any we’ve seen in generations. It’s going to be a huge weapon. As well as the options off the bench in attack. It’s been a long time since we’ve had that sort of depth, especially out wide.

My concern with the defence isn’t just the individuals, but also that we’ve not settled on a back four yet either.

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