Yes, that's a massive coup for Leicester City. For the first time ever, we can compete with the big boys for players. In the past we had to sell the likes of Gary Lineker, Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton, but now perhaps we can keep our best players.
The cream always rises to the top. This happened today in the Germany v Slovakia game with Germany winning convincingly. Yes, Slovakia are not a very strong side but they were taken apart today by, possibly, the eventual winners of the tournament.
I thought Hungary v Belgium was the best game I've seen so far. Hungary outclassed, but kept fighting to the end. Hazard was brilliant, I don't recall him playing like that in the Premier League, although we at Leicester do owe him one for his goal against Tottenham that killed their chance of winning the league.
Sorry I'm late logging on. I was just taking my England hat and flag to the charity shop ! When the commentator said England haven't won a knockout match for 10 years I thought well, that can't happen here ! Not against a country with the population of Leicester and who don't have a single professional football club in the country ! But Iceland played like Leicester - for each other, with a great team spirit in a team unchanged for the fourth match running. Iceland's manager is a part-time dentist on a fraction of the salary of Roy Hodgson's £4.6m a year but England suffered a painful extraction from Euro 2016. Kane looked so nervous he couldn't kick a ball in a straight line, Sterling suffered the same slump as our currency and Vardy should have played from the start. The only bright spot was Marcus Rashford but the poor lad was only given 5 minutes to make an impact. Had he played up front with Vardy from the start things might have been different. I don't think Hodgson ever knew what his best team was and spent much of the match chewing his forefinger and wondering what to do next !
At least Irish and Welsh fans can be proud of their teams and for Wales of course the adventure is not over as they face Belgium in the quarter-finals. As for England, well tis the season for resignations and painful exits from Europe !
P.S. Just watching the match again on iplayer (glutton for punishment !). Have to agree with the commentator that it'll be a long 90 minutes for England when they can't even hold a lead for 90 seconds !
Well, I put it down to Hodgson I'm afraid. I know those players, and the are pretty good, mostly. Hodgson has totally failed to best out of them. Tactically he is clueless. I've been watching Ranieri's tactics all season, and he is brilliant. If it doesn't work he changes things until he finds something that does work, and he usually does. Sometimes you just have to hand it to him, I would never have thought of that, but it worked brilliantly. Hodgson always seems to do too little too late. He is always too predictable. It helps to have players that can play in different positions.
Hodgson always seems to do too little too late. He is always too predictable. Martin D
Definitely! A good example was the need to do something different in the second half. Yes he brought on Vardy but when that wasn't enough, the manager needed to do more, faster. He had a brilliant and internationally almost wild card on the bench, Rashford - a very nice curve ball to have up your sleeve. I texted my brother with half an hour to go "he'll bring him on with 3 minutes to go and expect him to score!" I sarcastically said.
But I was wrong. He brought him on with four minutes to go, he immediately looked lively, too late to do much of course, he should have been on half an hour earlier!
Hodgson also doesn't seem to know how to use the strengths of his players. Vardy has pace, he is brilliant at running at defences and into space. What did he do? Play a style of slow build up and totally fail to use Vardy at what he is good at. The whole team had to play at Rooney's pace which is not what it once was. As you say Dave, Rashford was a breath of fresh air, but introduced too late to make a difference. Let's hope next time they appoint a manager with a modicum of tactical nouse.