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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

  • Mort

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #41

    No Munster you can’t tell your teacher that

    1
  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #42

    Eeesh!
    Japan have royally screwed this up!
    Der!

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #43

    Southgateosaurus should start Wilson and Grealish and give Treacle (I like that nickname, well done whoever it was coined it) a rest!

    1
  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #44

    Egb

    He runs like treacle, and he’s the golden(syrup) boy!
    Southgateosaurus, excellent!

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #45

    I thought that NUFC TV might be showing the Ladies playing today but It does not look like they are.

    0
  • Regan

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #46

    If only japans keepers arms were a little bit longer..

    😆

    3
  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #47

    Radar Clutter 102 coming up soon 🙂

    0
  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 27, 2022 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #48

    Well done Costa Rica tho, defended well, carved their chance.

    0
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #49

    lesh,
    A lad called Stevie H is still out there now, used to style himself on a Red Indian, I know him well.

    0
  • lesh

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #50

    Munster

    Narcissists generally love to be centre stage and having no sense of self-awareness, they don’t even see that they’re having the pi$$ taken out of ’em and they laugh at it.

    🙄

    8
  • lesh

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #51

    Jail

    Aye, that’s ya man.

    Small world.

    😉

    0
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #52

    He must be mid seventies by now mind.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #53

    Good point lesh.

    1
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #54

    I used to get my ‘erb off him back in the day 🙂

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #55

    Jail

    If Saudi stay in I wonder who we’ll be playing friendlies against. 10 of their starting line up play for Al Hillal.

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #56

    Mort I wasn’t sure about your filter. I suffer from the same filter issues myself 🙂

    0
  • lesh

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #57

    Jail

    70s sounds about right. And is he out there permanently?

    0
  • lesh

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #58

    Jail

    Not having been part of or close to that group, there were some characters among that group. I heard a tale of one of ’em having been barred from The County, asked whether he could be allowed back if he had ‘a week on the Scotch [ale].

    0
  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #59

    The next England Manager is in there somewhere…

    https://youtu.be/FEwHQQjafIg

    2
  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #60

    Come on England.

    Take no notice of the lazy skivers crazed with dope smoking, or ya loony leftoids -zombified Manchurian candidates or ya plain and simple England haters (because we qualified).

    Ya late arrivals on the blog this morning were not at Church asking for forgiveness about their hate but have just awoken from their intoxication from distant hovels or gutters somewhere.

    Come on England. You can do it.

    16
  • DrGloom

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #61

    Are Englqnd playing today ?

    5
  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #62

    It’s clear from the bile in recent nights that CH stands for Chronic Halitosis.

    I was going to say Congenital, but that would be unfair to his parents.

    BANTA….

    15
  • lesh

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #63

    Gloom

    @61

    In Tuff’s little world, yes.

    2
  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #64

    Taco

    Steeeeeeevie G, might be good!
    😀

    1
  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #65

    Right away oot to walk the dog on the beach beside the Northumbrian seat of Queen Bebba (mother of King Edwin).

    3
  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #66

    Tuesday at 7pm U.K. time. I’ll miss it due to a prior dinner arrangement. If it’s owt like the last game, I don’t mind 1 iota. 🙂

    5
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #67

    RH,
    Very good point, maybe their youth team?

    1
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #68

    Watch the sand doesn’t get down the back of your rubbers Mister Tuff, that won’t be nice 😕

    3
  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #69

    Haha that should have been ‘engagement’ not arrangement, but I suppose it still works (almost).

    2
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #70

    lesh,
    There was a mate of his ‘Dickie’ Davies out there with him for years, Aye he’s out there permanently now, the last time I seen him was at my 40th which is eleven years ago now.

    2
  • Toonarmy of Frogs

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #71

    The nightly fake swearing hour is getting a bit much.

    6
  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #72

    I’d like to hear confirmation that young lad Peronne is signed up, looks a good un.

    0
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #73

    I only seen the last twenty of the JAP vs CRC game, I heard they were unlucky.

    0
  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #74

    RH @ #55. My thoughts exactly. We could end up playing their reserves, which wouldn’t be quite the work out we intended.

    2
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #75

    Toonarmy of Frogs,
    It’s disgraceful, although I was guilty of putting a fo*k in to the conversation, my apologies for that.

    2
  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #76

    Belguim can’t be as bad, again…can they?
    Canada thrashed ’em 0-1…
    How did that happen?
    😀

    1
  • Toonarmy of Frogs

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #77

    Southgate will play his best team on paper regardless of form.

    Probably means play for a draw with the usual suspects.

    The next game is his only chance to change it up.

    Likelyhood – slim to no chance.

    3
  • lesh

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #78

    Jail

    What happened to Steve’s wife and kids then? They still in the UK, Shields?

    0
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #79

    I’m really not sure how that coming home finds it is acceptable to come on steaming drunk calling everyone he has marked down as a c*%£ . How on earth he thinks that is good for the place and you can see the results the morning after.

    7
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 27, 2022 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #80

    lesh,
    Aye, they’re in Shields.

    1


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