8th September 2019 at 10:27 am #47202
On a par with Joe Root and his Merry Batsmen, excluding Stokes.8th September 2019 at 11:00 am #47203
Is there any more of this international bullshit coming up? not sure I can handle international football anymore. Its dull.8th September 2019 at 11:06 am #47205
Blame the Media.
In the past, no doubt there have been prima-donnas and the ‘Wag’ culture. Southgate is pure football, down-to-earth professional human being. A simple guy.
Yesterday, the media try to make something big out of Harry Kane taking penalties. He works hard and practices. There is nothing more to it.
It’s the Media that build England by dialling them up high, only to immediately bring them down, the moment there is adversity.
They did this years ago I can remember with Botham when it came to Cricket.8th September 2019 at 11:15 am #47206
442, I think it’s likely to be a monthly thing as the Euro Tournament is Next Summer, so qualifiers etc need to be played out and done and dusted.
I get it though. The interruptions suck!8th September 2019 at 11:28 am #47209
442Participant17 pts8th September 2019 at 8:30 pm #47224
442..I am with you on this….International football is a poor extension to football leagues. The National teams play too many matches in a season and it is boreing, World Cup, European Cup and any other you care to name plus the dreaded frienlies. Football will have a 12 month season soon at this rate8th September 2019 at 8:51 pm #47225
In the ‘olden’ days So To Speak, England and Internationals Existed.
The itinerary that time was Wednesday Night Midweek.
Then Back To Normal, Saturday Afternoon.
Now it’s like or just point blank and Excursion.
It’s more than understanding for your nose to feel out of joint!9th September 2019 at 10:51 am #47227
In the real “olden days” Nil England played Scotland,N. Ireland and Wales, occasional games with Rest of World but never impinged on the league programme and week day games rare. The game was more physical the but slower and a week was needed to get over the battering many players endured, particularly goalkeepers9th September 2019 at 8:46 pm #47234
Brian, I don’t remember a great deal of those times in detail being a child/young Teen.
My recollection of it was that an 1 international would be played in the middle of the week, and then the domestic programme would resume.
They now tend to play 2 matches, and so it’s a week off. One other way is to make some kind of a ‘block booking’ so the matches can be played together.
This to be fair along with trying to put in place a Winter Break in this country has been a conundrum for years.10th September 2019 at 3:36 pm #47242
Well, to be fair to you…I can go back way much further. Internationals then were a rareaty, mostly due to the war but even the early post war years as well, but then had a excellent crowd support although it was as late as 1953 or thereabouts before I got to see an International game.Then again it was classed as a HOME International. I watched N.Ireland play England at Windsor Park Belfast, I know we won but do not remember much about the match. The nearest I got to watching a team outside the English Football league was City played Glasgow Rangers around 1945/6 Huge crowd at Maine rd and I think City turned out in white shirts and black shorts, I remember thinking “What is this?” Rangers in there Blue.10th September 2019 at 4:35 pm #47244
I remember when it was a rarity to watch an international unless you were there or World Cup.
As always its about money! Tv first. How much will they pay etc.
Still I always want us to win even when Jones and Smalling were the defence!!10th September 2019 at 4:42 pm #47246
Chucky McChuckfaceParticipant376 pts
Not even on my telly, guess I’m reading the highlights at work tomorrow!10th September 2019 at 6:36 pm #47248
How have then the number of games increased or differed compared to before? Is it the format or the change in prerequisite?
For example, what was it like when England qualified for Mexico 86?
When the European Cup changed to the Champions League, this generated more games to play as part of the involvement and process.
At this point, the old Coca Cola Cup wasn’t as highly regarded and weakened Teams were played out by certain Top Clubs.10th September 2019 at 7:52 pm #47249
Chucky McChuckfaceParticipant376 pts
BERISHAAA!!!!!!10th September 2019 at 7:52 pm #47250
San Marino 1993?
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