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    Stuff the Prem.

    I hate the Championship. Find it a proper chore to watch unless we’re gunning for top 2. The football is awful to watch, average players churning between clubs, very little to get excited about other than its unpredictability. I hate us playing in this league. Premier League is the main event...
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    George Reynolds has cracked his last safe

    Good read that Rob. Maybe apart from when Notts County had Sven and Sol Campbell, or Newcastle’s Saudi trillionaire sheikover when they really thought they were going to sign Mbappe, I can’t think of a bigger white elephant in the history of football than what happened to Darlo. That stadium...
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    Jesse Lingard

    Unbelievable the impact he’s made. Didn’t see that coming at all. I admit, I always thought of him as a bit of a joke, the worst kind of academy production line modern midfielder: non-scoring, non-creating tippy tappy technical midfielder who always seemed more interested in being JLingz the...
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    Burnley v Newcastle. Crunch time!

    I kept reading how Fulham were giving themselves a chance, Scott Parker an excellent young manager, and they've just lost four on the bounce just as the pressure ramps up to squeaky bum time. Reminds me of our efforts to stay up, such a poor effort at crunch time. And if you finish below...
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    Cheating a question?

    Thanks very much. The mentality is so different when you only play for fun, it's hard to say. I think if I nicked one in the Ashes, or handballed one off the line in the last minute it wouldn't bother me much. I'd think I'd got away with one, three full-time refs have missed it which is their...
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    Villa post 99.2 million pounds loss due to COVID-19 impact [Reuters]

    That's massive. Amazing the losses that can still be made by clubs in the richest league in the world even though TV money was unaffected. Summer transfer window spending and reality check contracts will be really interesting. Though I suspect you can't put the genie back in the bottle...
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    Cheating a question?

    There's levels isn't there. Thing is pro sports people are paid to win and it's been their full time job and 24/7 obsession for their whole lives. We've all met ex pros but it's hard to get your head around how psychotically competitive they must be. I think they'll take every tiny little...
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    Podcasts with former Boro players.

    Ha! Yeah that's true. He's so skilled at it now though, you'd forget he was ever a footballer. Very different character to your usual middle-aged ex pro. Thoughtful, genuinely witty. Really good at controlling the room with a light touch, gets the tone just right for the big live England...
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    England, Euro 2021: Pick your team

    Leeds United style 2-2-3-1-2: Pickford Trent Maguire Stones Shaw Henderson Bellingham Mount Grealish Kane Sancho Can't believe Raheem Sterling isn't in that team. Him, Rashford, Rice and Lingard off the bench if things are going horribly wrong against, say, Croatia
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    England, Euro 2021: Pick your team

    You are Gareth Southgate. 1 to 11, who's starting and what formation?
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    Mason Mount

    See this is why I think we have to play TAA. Five defenders is enough. For sure we can win it. It’s a home Euros in all but name, I keep forgetting that.
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    Mason Mount

    No Rashford, Sancho, Hendo, Arsenal kids? Can Mount do it in the middle in a two? I’d love and hate to be England manager atm. Edit: Jesse “goal machine” Lingard? Bellingham! Too many players, sure am forgetting a few 😁
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    Mason Mount

    Henderson’s a fantastic footballer. He can do the lot. People think he’s limited, but that’s their problem :D Hard choices innit! There’s a great thread to be made of ‘Pick your best England team for Euro 2021’. I agree though, no way am leaving Grealish out.
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    Mason Mount

    Kalvin Phillips and Rice against San Marino is a shocker but a portent, I think Gareth’s sold on that double pivot. Big shame as like you say, so much talent elsewhere.
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    Podcasts with former Boro players.

    Also not Boro but I really enjoyed the MOTD: Top 10s podcasts on the BBC. Lineker is such a natural presenter / facilitator of these things, brilliant at sparking conversations, and some really entertaining stories and insights from top players. Also hilarious to hear them all swear like dockers.
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    Mason Mount

    Footballer's footballer - and also teacher's pet, all his managers seem to love him. Keeps some very big name / reputation players out of the team for club and country. He's great.
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    Middlesbrough duo set to leave club...

    Fletcher's ***** really. 25 years old, played nearly 100 games for us and name his highlights. Not a project anymore, but good luck to him.
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    England's fourth best right back

    Hard to say actually, haven’t seen anything of Trippier this season - obviously he’s done brilliant to be top of the league, and Atletico don’t have passengers. I’m not Kyle Walker’s biggest fan, but like someone said, consistent presence in the best defence in the league and Gareth loves him...
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    England's fourth best right back

    Great post, Perisic is an absolute nightmare. But... which one would they rather track back against? Hazard vs TAA, they’d score 3 and we’d hopefully score more. I’d defer to Gary Neville like, he knows a little bit about playing right back :D
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    England's fourth best right back

    “Gizza new centre half”
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