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I think it has been massively unfair to single out Baines as the weakness against Italy. For me Johnson is a far worse defensive full back than Baines but Italy targeted England's left hand side because Rooney didn't know whether to stick or twist while the right side was getting defensive support.

 

Will be interesting to see if Suarez is fit enough to cause similar problems or if England switch Rooney back up front and whether that makes a difference.

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I think it has been massively unfair to single out Baines as the weakness against Italy. For me Johnson is a far worse defensive full back than Baines but Italy targeted England's left hand side because Rooney didn't know whether to stick or twist while the right side was getting defensive support.

 

Will be interesting to see if Suarez is fit enough to cause similar problems or if England switch Rooney back up front and whether that makes a difference.

 

He was the weakness against Italy, but the question is why. He got no cover from Rooney, and played too deep as a result, Johnson would make proportionally fewer defensive errors if he sat alongside the centre backs all the time. But that leaves too much space for the opposition to run into, so the wide attacking midfielders have to drop back and your attacking threat is nulified and the game is played on the edge of your box meaning any errors are more costly. (So Rooney's fault but Baines has to take a bit off blame). Johnson gets a lot of stick for his errors, but he's taking a calculated risk because the way he plays the game puts teams he plays in on the front foot for most of the game and that reduces the defensive pressure overall. Of course Johnson and Baines and all English fullbacks suffer from the misfortune of not being Ashley Cole.

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Ashley Cole was so good that he was almost okay... a few years ago.

He never quite managed to follow in the tradition of Roger Byrne, Ray Wilson, Terry Cooper and other greats and kept Baines out of the side for far too long. Hopefully Luke Shaw will soon be making his presence felt along with other good young players.

 

I'm afraid the players you mention were before my time and nostalgia shows don't tend to focus on full backs, so I'll take your word for it, but your seriously underestimating Ashley Cole if you think the best he achieved was "almost okay".

 

Good to see Baines pushing forward more today.

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Ashley Cole was so good that he was almost okay... a few years ago.

He never quite managed to follow in the tradition of Roger Byrne, Ray Wilson, Terry Cooper and other greats and kept Baines out of the side for far too long. Hopefully Luke Shaw will soon be making his presence felt along with other good young players.

 

I'm afraid the players you mention were before my time and nostalgia shows don't tend to focus on full backs, so I'll take your word for it, but your seriously underestimating Ashley Cole if you think the best he achieved was "almost okay".

 

Good to see Baines pushing forward more today.

 

>I'm afraid the players you mention were before my time and nostalgia shows don't tend to focus on full backs,

 

Ray Wilson a Goodison favourite...and World Cup medal winner!

 

Alan Ball was a Blackpool player during the time of the '66 World Cup.

 

TBT.

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I thought it highly amusing that the pundits were just claiming how cheating histrionics are just not in the Ingerland DNA and yet the team is led by the travesty that is diving cheating Speedo Gerrard!

 

Talk about selective memory...

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I thought it highly amusing that the pundits were just claiming how cheating histrionics are just not in the Ingerland DNA and yet the team is led by the travesty that is diving cheating Speedo Gerrard!

 

Talk about selective memory...

Talk about obsessive Man Utd supporters who watch home games at Old Trafford baths.

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Not having a tv set is causing some problems with visual reception at present.

 

To address this I have escorted the terriers about the Capital casually sauntering past houses showing the game on their 50+" sets.

 

Provided the weather holds most homes will continue with open blinds...so that's a positive.

 

On an unrelated thread, I've just passed Shimmin on the uppermost ledge of the Tynwald building.

 

Rooney equalises...

 

TBT.

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