8th 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 #47244AdlabParticipant253 pts
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
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
BERISHAAA!!!!!!10th September 2019 at 7:52 pm #47250
San Marino 1993?10th September 2019 at 7:55 pm #47251
Normal service resumes 🙂10th September 2019 at 7:58 pm #47252
STERLING!!!!!10th September 2019 at 8:03 pm #47253
Think I’ll switch off 😉10th September 2019 at 8:08 pm #47254
KANE!!!!!10th September 2019 at 8:31 pm #47255
VOJVODA!!!!!10th September 2019 at 8:31 pm #47256
SANCHO!!!!10th September 2019 at 8:34 pm #47257
Think I’ll go to bed now…11th September 2019 at 2:30 am #47260AnonymousInactive366 pts
“Is it not the same old story? England cruise through qualifiers with ease then get found out in the big tournaments?
It’s very very boring and the sane thing all the time”
Exactly. Not sure how people are still interested in this rubbish. Not that I’m English but you lads arent the only ones whoa re predictable. I just find the whole international scene is very… pasteurized or something. There are some teams who I can watch and think “YEP, THEY ARE A PROPER TEAM”, like Germany for instance but almost all other national teams are just crap.11th September 2019 at 2:31 am #47261AnonymousInactive366 pts
England let 3 in from KOSOVO?! … That’s embarrassing.11th September 2019 at 5:47 am #47265EditorKeymaster442 pts
Sterling was just unplayable. Lots of work to do with the back line. Priority needs to be finding a stable partner for Maguire. Neither Stones or Keane are anywhere near good enough.
Don’t get the hype with Declan Rice at all. This side has the makings of a very competitive team. The likes of Mason Mount, Foden, Maddison, Hudson-Odoi all look like they could be solid England players for years. With a front 3 from Kane, Sterling, Sancho, Rashford to choose from there’s plenty of goalscorers too.
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