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toadinthehole 8:31 Fri Mar 22
England vs Czech
Rice on bench
Dier and Henderson starts

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VirginiaHam 8:07 Tue Mar 26
Re: England vs Czech
Eerie Descent 4:05 Tue Mar 26

Agree; Fab's been a revelation in comparison to Randolph or Adrian. Almost flawless, no dramatics, and heaven forbid, comes for crosses and catches them. Adrian refuses to do that.

Bollocks to distribution. Stop goals first. That's the idea I thought.

Takashi Miike 7:40 Tue Mar 26
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I didn't think sterling will get to the next level in terms of consistency but he's proved me wrong. guardiola and his coaching team have really improved him and he's been great since the world cup and in this more adventurous formation. southgate's been brave playing this attacking a line up but it's really paid off

zico 7:23 Tue Mar 26
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collyrob 3:57 Tue Mar 26

Make you right there. Was watching some of the 85/86 season not long ago and even Parkesy made a few errors from time to time and saw something the other night on You Tube when Ray Clemence made a bit of a howler so they all make mistakes but it isn't highlighted.

Biggest difference I see these days bar the back pass is that keepers rarely seem to catch and hold shots preferring to parry them out but as modern footballs move about a lot more I suspect it's just a safety first decision.

Fifth Column 5:08 Tue Mar 26
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I prefer Heaton to Pickford as well.

Eerie Descent 4:05 Tue Mar 26
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I don't think Fabianski has been blatantly at fault for a goal this season. A couple where maybe he could've done better, but he's so good at the basics of keeping. I think the only thing stopping him being mentioned in the same breath as those, colly, is his distribution, but for me that's by the by, I like keepers to be good at keeping first and foremost.

collyrob 3:57 Tue Mar 26
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I don’t think the goalkeeping standard has dropped. There are some absolutely top top keepers about, DDG, MATS, Oblak, Ederson.

It’s just that everything is so over analyzed these day we see every goal, every mistake every movement from keepers.

30 years ago there wasn’t that much coverage of it. Top keepers back then were still making mistakes, it just wasn’t rammed down our throat 24/7 on twitter SSN and the likes.

Browno22 2:53 Tue Mar 26
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Pickford is fucking awful

VirginiaHam 2:48 Tue Mar 26
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Eerie Descent 1:02 Tue Mar 26

It seems nowadays that every goalkeeper has a howler in them. The days of Banks are long gone.

The weight of the balls has made a big difference, as has the back-pass rule. Whoever invented that change was a genius, because there is comedy gold every season.

What else has caused standards to drop?

Eerie Descent 2:43 Tue Mar 26
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YOUR country depends on what side of the bed you get out of that day, son.

Northern Sold 2:26 Tue Mar 26
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Like I said ED... you name a fuck up he has done for MY country?? Don't give a fucking monkey's if he had a spaz club game v Newcastle ... for England he has been very good...

Rossal 1:35 Tue Mar 26
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"Definitely- he doesn't in any way deserve to be dropped as things stand unless one of the other keepers demonstrates that they are a better option."

Yep i'd have to agree

Eerie Descent 1:02 Tue Mar 26
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I suppose in this country we do tend to focus on player weaknesses rather than strengths.

Pickford's strength is definitely his distribution.

His weakness is goalkeeping.

El Scorchio 12:38 Tue Mar 26
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Definitely- he doesn't in any way deserve to be dropped as things stand unless one of the other keepers demonstrates that they are a better option.

And you're right, every keeper does make a fuck up at some point- it's inevitable. Even the greats. But I'd say Pickford has a long way to go to prove he's in the same class of keeper as those other two yet. He still has a lot of time on his side to develop, though and at the moment he's probably the best man for the job. If I had to pinpoint a potential weak link in the England side though, it could well be him.

Westside 12:38 Tue Mar 26
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He is good, but is he tournament winning?

Yes. Got to the semi finals last year with him in goal.

Made top quality saves, against both Colombia and Sweden, to help win those matches.

Rossal 12:22 Tue Mar 26
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Pickfords main strength is his distribution. Its superb, I do feel at the moment though he is the weak link in our side. He is good, but is he tournament winning?

Also loving England at the moment, well done Southgate and the kids.

Northern Sold 12:19 Tue Mar 26
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Scorch... he's got a touch of the Grobb's about him for sure... but would be very harsh to drop him for what he he done for the National side so far... even Shilts and Seaman made boo boo's for us.. yeah that's US

Northern Sold 12:18 Tue Mar 26
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Come on ED you can do better than that son.... a new day and all that ... come on son... up your game...

El Scorchio 12:11 Tue Mar 26
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He hasn't really made a mistake for England yet, but I can't help but feel Pickford has a clanger or two in him. Jut like against us for Everton at the end of last season. Seems to be a few questioning him at the moment.

He's decent, but he's no Seaman or Shilton, that's for sure.

Eerie Descent 12:05 Tue Mar 26
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Oh, it's US now that we're winning is it, son?

Northern Sold 11:46 Tue Mar 26
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Trying to think of a time that Pickford has let us down?? Nope can't think of one...

Northern Sold 11:45 Tue Mar 26
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You say a lot ED..... a lot....

Oh and morning obviously...

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