Sportswashing works, it's been a great World Cup, everyone has forgotten about Qatar's social policies
The Japanese VAR decision last night was a joke, not that I'm necessarily complaining, but even if a small part of the ball was hovering over the white line then how do you overrule the linesman? It was hardly a clear and obvious error
That fluky Australia goal was brutal for my telegraph fantasy team - Started with Blind, Dunfries, and Depay then went full Argentina defence for the evening game plus Alvarez and Messi, so nearly perfect. Would have been ten points off the top and set up perfectly for the rest of the round
Anyway, I keep hearing worrying things about the next World Cup casually dropped in by the commentators. First it's groups of three, which sounds terrible, the four team group is classic. And worse than that, no draws! penalty shootouts for drawn games. What's going on, are they just mad proposals or is this decided? I'd not heard anything about this yet the commentator said it like it was already known
That Poland goal was even worse. I hate VAR so much.
It can't be more than 10% of interventions that have anything positive to contribute. 90%+ are just ruling out goals for supposed offsides that are so tight as to be basically level, penalties for accidental handballs, or overruling a perfectly acceptable decision with a different one.
The national team played much better football under Sven.
The media hype is always a load of bollocks, after Senegal there was all this bollocks about England only having good problems and being about to find their stride to the final. We were never going to win and the only time we played developed nations (US and France) England's weaknesses and mediocrity were evident.
Southgate is a very cautious, vanilla manager, which is fine if you like that sort of thing.
Well, that was all a bit weird wasn't it? A Wold Cup in the middle of the season, in December. Hope that never happens again.
I'm pleased Southgate is staying on. He is over-cautious and a bit boring but he's still so much better than any other England manager I've known. That was the first World Cup I've watched actually believing we had a chance and the first time I've actually felt disappointed when we went out.
All previous ones, despite having better teams on paper and the media hype I always felt like we had no chance of winning and felt almost nothing when we we went out*.
*possible exception of 1990, which was disappointing obviously, although we were still fairly rubbish.