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Shearer Backs Magpie For Shock Start On Tuesday

England are still in an excellent position in Group B despite their underwhelming scoreless draw against The United States. Both teams failed to take advantage of a handful of golden chances to break the deadlock.

Kieran Trippier again played the entire match though Callum Wilson was an unused substitute despite England’s lack of prowess in front of the net. The Newcastle striker set up Jack Grealish in the win over Iran, a match that went more swimmingly for the English.

England boss Gareth Southgate stuck with striker Harry Kane, who had few opportunities while shanking a header in the box in the dying minutes. Southgate opted to replace Raheem Sterling and Bukayo Saka with Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford with Grealish making an impact again.

Next up for England are Wales on Tuesday. Just a draw is needed to ensure a place in the knockout stages while The United States must defeat Iran to advance. Southgate named an unchanged side against the Americans but may switch things up against the Welsh.

In fact, Magpie legend Alan Shearer suspects Wilson could get the start on Tuesday to rest Kane for the knockout rounds. Here is what Alan said as published in The Chronicle:

“After his first two games at the last World Cup, Harry Kane had scored five goals. At the same stage of this tournament, he has not had a shot on target.

“I am not overly concerned about that statistic, because we know the provider role Harry plays for this England team even when he is not scoring himself, but watching him against the United States it was clear something wasn’t right.

“He came through that scare about his ankle before the US game but, after playing a big part in an impressive team performance in the Iran game with two assists, he looked very tired and very leggy to me. It might be time to think about getting him right for the knockout stages, and I have a sneaky feeling Callum Wilson might come in to face Wales on Tuesday instead.

“England need to freshen things up anyway, to get the feel-good factor back after the disappointment of our draw with the US, and restore a bit of confidence. I can understand why Gareth Southgate stuck with the same team that had stuck six goals past Iran but, after that, I can’t see him doing the same again in our final game in Group B.”

After an excellent performance against Iran, England were often listless against the States. Even the eminent Trippier seemed off his game. However despite Alan’s assertions, it would still be a shock if Kane was not in Southgate’s starting eleven on Tuesday.

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102 comments so far

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 27, 2022 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    RIP Gary Speed x

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Nov 27, 2022 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #2

    A couple of true stories from my travels this week which I found amusing and thought I’d share..

    I’m not monkeying about here, but I was in Hartlepool when I had a close shave outside a Turkish Barbers.

    A macacapoo ran into the road causing me to brake sharply. I didn’t ‘hang’ about but looked up to see the barber’s was brilliantly named;

    “Bodrum Hairport”

    I thought that was a cut above!
    Ok, so the macacapoo bit wasn’t true, but the barber’s was.

    Darnik will be aware of it.

    Oh, hang on….

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 27, 2022 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    I would love to see Wilson start on Tuesday. I’d also like to see a few more changes from the team that didn’t turn up against the USA.

    Play Foden also we need him in an England starting 11

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Nov 27, 2022 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    I later saw a van from nearby Elwick with the logo –

    ‘Crafty Monkey Brewing Company’

    And I raise a glass to the fella who aped the builders vans with this sign on the rear door:

    “No Monkeys Left In Van Overnight”

    I believe they supply powerfully hopped apes and helium baboons for primate parties!

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Nov 27, 2022 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    And now on to more pressing matters…

    There’s breaking news as we speak 
    Of The funniest posting of the week
    The votes are cast and the results are in
    Who do you think is going to win?…

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Nov 27, 2022 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6

    In third place, which is no disgrace…

    We have Mund returning to once again bemoan someone’s lack of self-awareness whilst himself having a total lack of se….well I’m sure you get my drift!

    In second place, just off the pace….

    Was Coming Home’s Big Bad Boozy Banta Bonanza featuring the Big Bag of Bollix himself, with a guest appearance from wannabe WAG, little Mort.

    But this week’s winner by a country mile
    Is the guy who always makes me smile…

    Just before Fenners took a mini hiatus he announced that he would be trying to avoid personal comments going forward.

    Then returned a few days later with his very first post addressing TDS which contained only a link to the song; “I’m a Wonker”

    Gotta love the WAG’s – What A Gift!


  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 27, 2022 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #7

    I see the Bard is monkeying about this morning.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 27, 2022 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #8

    The Bard you most be part of Princess Leah I mean Lesh’s and Lady Jails Whathafackinhellshitecanwespouttoday group.

    I find it hilarious that the very ones that come on here saying there are a few posters on a WhatsApp group will be the ones that are part of one.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 27, 2022 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9



    Nov 27, 2022 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #10


    Nice article about Garang Kuol.

    Surely england have to play a proper attacker next game?
    A couple of midfielders might be useful, too.
    Ya know, the one’s that make chances!

    Love to Gary Speed’s family!
    Geordie Legend!

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Nov 27, 2022 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #11

    I hope you enjoyed your scran last night
    But next time it’s your turn to pay,it’s only right
    As you are the winner this week Fenners
    Wor B will write you a cheque to the sum of a tenner
    Get yourself to Mcdonalds, and here’s the deal
    You can repay your gaffer with a happy meal


  • Not another deJong

    Nov 27, 2022 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #12
  • Romford mag

    Nov 27, 2022 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Basically in 15 minutes of football, Callum Wilson ( 1 assist ) has done nearly as much as kane ( 2 assists) has done in nearly 180 minutes!!


    Nov 27, 2022 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #14


    Oh dear!

    The favouritism is strong.
    Why do they insist in having injured players in the team?
    No good can come of this!

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 27, 2022 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #15

    The Bard you must admit though that TDS is a W@nker surely?

    You also must know Munster is the biggest W@nker to grace this great blog re the putrid hatred posting of late which is on par as a hate crime towards good English folk. (Are you English?)

    These 2 W@nkers need a poem or a rhyme done about them as they must provide you with so much good material or is it against the Whathafackinhellshitecanwespouttoday group. rules? Because its about time you focused on the true w@nkers that post on here but they are mainly in that above mentioned group. Food for thought maybe for some balance moving forward…

    For the record Mr Bard, I’m never personally insulted or annoyed at your poems, FYI they actually make me laugh as I do have a chuckle (unless it is a personal attack which you’ve done in the past towards Mund and Tom) but Ive never been personally insulted (yet). I must say though It would great to see some more balance in your poem’s, rhymes or nursery rhymes as it must be a tad boring when it’s a group of 3 individuals you mainly write about/target and totally ignore the true w@nkers on here.

    Keep it going though with your poems they can be amusing and entertaining at times to lift the spirits…Especially for all those that are part of that Whathafackinhellshitecanwespouttoday Cnut sorry Cult group.

    😉 🙂


    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #16

    Alright mate?

    Also, 6 goals, none for the designated attacker!
    Never in the correct place. Not up to speed!

  • Romford mag

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #17


    All good mate 🙂

    How’s you?

    Looks like he’s running in treacle!

  • Romford mag

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #18

    I’m pretty sure someone will come on and correct me though !! 😆

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #19


    I’m pleased you don’t find these poems insulting.
    As I’ve said a few times before they’re just meant to be a bit of rhyming ‘banta’

    Did you see the poem I did about TDS a while ago regarding hos sporting prowess which he also took in good humour?

    I believe I included Munster in a couple some time back although I admit he hasn’t featured recently.

    Maybe I need to consider the fair and balanced issue more closely or I’ll end up on Tuffers’ loony lefty list!



    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #20


    Surviving, mate!..ta!

    Aye, treacle treader!
    Never anticipates and gambles, rarely attacks the front stick, would never ‘do a Wilson’ and unselfishly pass to guarantee a goal. Good round the edge of the box, his forté… excellent at claiming og’s etc and 12 yds.
    I’m amazed he’s scored so many goals!

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #21

    So it looks like Maximo Perrone could be incoming to the toon. As I read that Bassedas the ex toon player is the (I think maybe wrong) Sporting director of Vélez Sarsfield and he was apparently in the toon yesterday meeting with members of NUFC hopefully tying up the deal for this young whiz kid…

    I’ve looked at Perrone on YouTube (see below) and he looks a great player and very Bruno-esk…Argentinians normally have a grit about them to make it in the EPL. This lad is only 19 with a good professional approach and what a better player to learn from than Bruno and what a great manager to play for Eddie. The future is bright bringing in talent like this:



    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #22


    C Bassedas us something like that, at Vélez.
    The Perrone kid looks a good prospect, like.
    All the best to him.
    …and cheers Christian!
    ‘once a Geordie…’

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #23

    The Bard @19 I must have missed TDS and Monster getting a mention. Gutted about that 😆

    No I am not annoyed at your clear talent but as per my post #15 would like a wee bit more balance. All good here 😉


    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #24

    Japan making hard work of Costa Rica, probably better as a counterattack team. Dunno what to do with all their own way possession in the final third.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #25

    Those rumours about that Maximo Perrone seem stronger than usual rumours – so there might be something in it.

    I do not have a list of ya looney leftoid laggards but I know who they are.

    I think Southgate will stick with Kane but may play Foden. Southgate is useless.

  • DrGloom

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #26

    Fenners, to be fair you do give him a lot of material to work with..

    Personally gutted I’ve never been mentioned


    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #27

    Gareth ‘stick in the mud’ Southgate plays harry ‘treacle’ kane…

    I can see the headlines now…


  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #28


    I love how we are scouring around and looking for up and coming talent. I’ve mentioned it a few times on here but I love this approach where we get players of the future, players that won’t come in and rock the boat with any huge egos. Once Wor Eddie moulds them into the type of player he wants where they will instantaneously gel into the great togetherness and harmony of that dressing room and fight to make the starting 11 whilst getting trained and educated on how to be a top professional and athlete by our manager and his staff.

    Great times ahead. Actually it’s great times now so I’ll rephrase even greater times surely lay in wait for us as we move forward 🙂

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #29


    2 words for you “F@ck Off”. 😉

  • Romford mag

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #30



  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #31



  • DrGloom

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #32

    Fenners, I’ll f@ck off gladly – currently at my gate at LGW 🙂

  • Mort

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #33

    I had 2 Irish teachers in my school. Had the biggest crush on them. One was from Northern and one from Republic. The Republic one I had the biggest crush on. She was my form tutor and a PE teacher so came in shorts and polo shirt every day.

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #34

    Dr Gloom,

    Sorry you haven’t as yet made the cut.

    If you would like to join an evangelical group or read from the big book of mantras and cliches that may help.

    Or better still, just get rat-arsed on a Friday night and have a bit of ‘banta’ with CH.


  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #35

    luckily, the puglet is close to the ground, avoids Bard RADAR, occasionally lol. Ground clutter is a powerful anti RADAR tool for a puglet.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #36

    You see, they’re at it again. I try to explain something to a village idiot but he doesn’t get it. Maybe one more try.

    If I cheer for Argentina….it doesn’t mean that I hate English people
    If I don’t particularly like your football team….it doesn’t mean that I hate English people
    If I think your hooligans are a public embarrassment….it doesn’t mean that I hate English people
    If I think royalty is a lot of bollix, it doesn’t mean that I hate your citizens

    Obviously plenty of people understand that, but for the more stupid people, like Fenham, who also happen to be very noisy, I’m afraid it takes more than one attempt.

    But if someone goes into “deep mourning”because an old woman they never knew died, then yes, I’ll take the piss happily.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #37
  • Munster Mag

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #38

    And did she know you had a crush on her Mort? 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #39

    Dr Gloom

    Try showing youirself getting a good slapping with a Kipper, that might help! 🙂


    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #40


    It’s great, isn’t it?
    …and a sea-change!

    Not only is it a great approach, and very Eddie… building from bottom up… it’s the way forward, as prices are just dumb/ridiculous now…no value for money!
    Gotta mould players, as you say… It’s the Toon way, now!

    Eddie’s the man!


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