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An issue with England football is that no English manager has won The League since 1992.
14th Jun 2024 09:29:04 
[82.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
I'd also argue there isn't a lack of potential talent in English players, there's a lack of interest in developing it. The mix of foreign owners, foreign managers, owners more interested in short term success than long term structures that benefit England is why the development doesn't happen. Football of the soccer kind has the largest window into sports youth of any sport in England - by a mile. Even tiny % of real potential would give enough players for stronger English squads. It's not the lack of product that's the issue here.
14th Jun 2024 09:28:14 
[147.lo.gg.ed] 
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I'd argue that one of the biggest changes having so many foreign managers brought to English football was significantly increasing the amount of foreign players in the youth and academy structures. And using the "home grown" nonsense to tick that box with someone who is never going to play for England.
14th Jun 2024 09:25:11 
[147.lo.gg.ed] 
You're not winning anything until you insist on home grown really meaning home grown, not a 20 years old who was shipping in from Spain or Portugal at 17
Russ the younger age groups have been successful for ages. England have won the Euros at U17 level in 2010 and 2014 and made the 2017 final. Take a look at that 2017 squad and how few have genuinely made it to top club level. [Link] And Guardiola has been in England for 8 years. Foreign managers have been here for 30 years. When does the knock on effect of youth success and top notch foreign coaching kick in?
14th Jun 2024 09:20:52 
[147.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
The World Cup pulls together teams formed from the best players from each country in the world. The various football leagues pull together teams formed from the best players in the world. So a world club competition would theoretically be a better football competition than the World Cup, but no one cares about a world club competition either from a fans' or clubs' perspective.
14th Jun 2024 09:15:19 
[195.lo.gg.ed] 
And it would be complex (and corrupted) because just taking the winners of each national league around the world wouldn't work - you'd end up with 10-0 games and no one wants to see that. When 9th place in the Premier League would dick all over the champions of Serbia then it becomes open to selection and that's when FIFA and money get involved. Gimme the World Cup any day.
Interesting article by Philipp Lahm [Link]
14th Jun 2024 09:15:17 
[81.lo.gg.ed] 
typical bloody Guardianista ;)
We have a better youth structure for the national team now, and the younger age groups are consistently successful nowadays, a couple of tournament wins in recent years. It will come good at some point for the men’s team.
14th Jun 2024 09:12:50 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
Having coaches like Pep in the english game helps too
Interesting question as to whether the World Cup is the pinnacle. Obviously you couldn't really have a game between a top club and a top country but I'd back the club side every time in such matches. So the World Cup's claim is prestige but I wonder what the split here would be if people had to choose between England winning the Euros and us winning League 2 next season (not that I expect either to happen).
14th Jun 2024 09:10:45 
[81.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
Realistically for England to win tournaments at football you're going to be looking at the women's team. Mainly because of being one of the few genuinely full time countries. Which obviously the men's game can't do anything about. But one thing that does jump out about the women's game is generally the majority of top club players in England are English. Which perpetuates the position of being one of the few top countries and gives a stronger player base. If the men's game want to improve I can't see how they can do that without some kind of forced national team bias in the club game.
14th Jun 2024 08:58:50 
[147.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
Hash it probably will be for someone
14th Jun 2024 07:58:53 
[147.lo.gg.ed] 
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Absolutely agree with OI’s post from yesterday. Our defence isn’t good enough to win the Euros. We will win an international tournament in the next decade though.
14th Jun 2024 07:38:43 
[77.lo.gg.ed] 
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I wonder if today will go down in history as New Signing Day
14th Jun 2024 06:48:37 
[89.lo.gg.ed] 
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It appears that the twitter link re the closure of the Trafalgar has been deleted. This was the last one I could find [Link]
13th Jun 2024 23:38:01 
[109.lo.gg.ed] 
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I'll be working during every one of England's group matches. However despite my manager caring not a jot about football, he's given me permission to have my phone by my side on the till.
13th Jun 2024 23:19:34 
[109.lo.gg.ed] 
I was 4 when England won the World Cup but I have no memory. I want to experience England's glory.
Absolutely the World Cup is the pinnacle, just no idea how a football fan could not enjoy a major international tournament. Even if you’re not following England
13th Jun 2024 22:43:03 
[193.lo.gg.ed] 
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and look how happy he is [Link]
13th Jun 2024 21:55:52 
[81.lo.gg.ed] 
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Lyle Taylor Baby
13th Jun 2024 21:51:32 
[31.lo.gg.ed] 
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Just lost half their traffic OI ;-)
13th Jun 2024 21:28:37 
[195.lo.gg.ed] 
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X links suddenly seem to have a space that WUP can't handle. Another triumph from Elon.
13th Jun 2024 21:17:45 
[81.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
Link don't work,?
13th Jun 2024 21:13:36 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
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Best pub in merton under threat[Link] 635?t=ll6Z-uUmwCjwciO5rQguUg&s=19
13th Jun 2024 20:36:48 
[10.lo.gg.ed] 
Snoopy
spit_the_dog
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
Quick question for anyone who's been to international tournaments before - if a host city isn't holding a round of games, do they tend to be quieter than if there's a fixture on?
13th Jun 2024 20:35:19 
[147.lo.gg.ed] 
Will be in Munich for the quarter finals, where there's no games there scheduled.
Euros lack some of the perceived exoticness of the World Cup. Mexico, Paraguay, Japan, Korea, etc. Euros are limited in this regard to the like Serbia, Slovakia, Albania and Scotland.
13th Jun 2024 20:24:06 
[195.lo.gg.ed] 
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Outrageous [Link] t=_GCrbTyss3S39wD5eDk29w&s=19
13th Jun 2024 19:55:54 
[10.lo.gg.ed] 
Toto
spit_the_dog
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What’s the beef with the euros? What’s not to like?
13th Jun 2024 19:50:11 
[193.lo.gg.ed] 
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