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  1. colin said:

    For me, it was a red card all day, every day.

    All right, Rooney probably didn’t mean to catch him in the plums, but he certainly had a stamp at him.

    The movement involved is completely at odds with anything else – he’s looking at the ball the whole time, knows the man is behind him and, crucially for such a talented player, thrusting his leg back there compromises his balance and all but surrenders any hope of getting the ball.

    And, while I don’t particularly like Ronaldo, I’d have more stomach for today’s ongoing villification of pantomime swarthy foriegners if we hadn’t seen England players brandishing imaginary cards in the games against Sweden and Ecuador.

    The saddest thing was that this was, for the most part, another horribly fractured and dislocated performance against a Portugal side that was absolutely there for the taking.

    In five games, England had the opportunity to make the semis without having to play against anything even approaching a top side … but, still, they pinged long passes at a lone striker who had no support within 25 yards of him.

    On the upside, I think the players finally showed what they were made of – but they were completely hamstrung by management decisions that almost defy belief.

    July 2, 2006
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  2. twohundredpercent said:

    We were screaming “THROW ON WALCOTT! YOU’VE GOT NOTHING TO LOSE NOW!” after Rooney was sent off. But even in the face of near-certain defeat he was too cautious.

    Plusses: Hargreaves – Earnt his place in the team, and won over critics. Lennon – The natural successor to Beckham on the right. Only better. Beckham gone – as captain for now, but his full international retirement is surely only a matter of time, and he may not have any say in the matter.

    July 2, 2006
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  3. discostu said:

    You can argue about the sending off till you are blue in the face (i think it only deserved a yellow), but before that decision after decision unjustifiably went portugals way. The refereeing was shocking.

    And i agree Ian, from a couple of minutes into extra time we looked to be playing for penalties, which i didnt think we had a hope of winning. Crouch played really well – but with his back to goal. I’d have dropped lampard (well, i wouldnt even have started with him given the choice) and gone 3-4-2 with crouch and walcott and just ATTACKED until we won or lost 5-0.

    Hargreaves was superb. MOTM no doubt. Looks like Terry will be capitan from now on…

    July 2, 2006
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  4. colin said:

    I didn’t think the ref was bad, actually … and I don’t think Premiership refs do English sides any favours by letting everbody kick the living crap out of each other every week, because it bites them on the bum when they play in Europe and beyond.

    I was impressed with Lennon. Hargreaves did very well and his workrate is incredible – but he’s still got all the distribution skills of a dyslexic postman and it rather ruins the impact of being a ball-winning midfielder when you can’t help but give it away again.

    July 3, 2006
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