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Magpies Gets World Cup Debut As Report Suggests Changes For England

Bruno Guimaraes made his World Cup debut for Brazil in their 1-0 win over Fabian Schar’s Switzerland yesterday. The midfielder came on in the 58th minute for Manchester United’s Fred.

It was another Man United midfielder who clinched the win as Casemiro’s wonderful finish in the 83rd minute resigned the Swiss to defeat. Schar again was an unused substitute but he did swap jerseys with his Magpie teammate after the match.

Brazil have qualified for the knockout stages while Switzerland face Serbia on Friday to stake their claim for the next phase. The Swiss advance with a win and can even get through with a draw if Brazil defeats Cameroon.

England have their final match this evening. They must avoid losing to Wales by four goals or more to advance. The USA must defeat Iran to continue in the tournament. A draw is likely enough for the Iranians to get through.

The Chronicle is reporting that Gareth Southgate will make at least two changes today. He’s named an unchanged eleven in the first two matches. However, there are murmurs that Kyle Walker and Jordan Henderson will be brought into the starting eleven.

The report suggests Jude Bellingham will make way for Henderson with Walker likely in for Kieran Trippier. With a trip to the next round all but guaranteed, not risking Trippier will be welcomed news for Newcastle fans.

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71 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 29, 2022 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    With the gob on him – he must be a fat short arse.

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Nov 29, 2022 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2

    I’ve been asked to consider being more balanced and fair
    And to focus on Munster and perhaps a few mair
    So you may not agree, but I hope you still smile
    As I feature the big Oirish bollix from the Emerald Isle
    The guy has a habit of rubbing some up the wrong way
    But the way that I see it is that he just wants to play
    In the way that we’d pull on the girls hair at school
    He just wants a reaction, he’s nobody’s fool

    He’s a cheeky bollix from Limerick
    Who’s never known to miss a trick
    He always knows which buttons to press
    To get some guys to bite and others to stress

    He loves fishing for trout on a self-tied fly
    And also for bloggers, I ain’t gonna lie
    But don’t rise to the bait like the hoodwinked fish
    And remember that Munster’s just taking the pish

    If he mentions the English in a negative way
    He knows Tuffers and Fenham will be at him all day
    And that’s how he likes it, it stops him being bored
    He’d rather be confronted instead of ignored

    And if he once again gets on Rafa’s case
    He knows Rotonda and Jail will be up in his face
    But Munster being Munster he doesn’t really care
    He’s happy when others are pulling out their hair

    He’s had his run ins with squaddies for example, OP
    And now of course Fenners who’s ex-military
    This is when things get way out of hand
    As those two quite rightly always take a firm stand

    He obviously speaks from an Irish view
    Just as you would expect him to
    But live and let live is what I say
    Just avoid ‘the troubles’ and the IRA

    He likes to fan the flames and stir the pot
    A shrinking violet wor Munster is not
    I personally think that he’s good for this place
    He livens it up so it moves on apace

    There’s nothing wrong with a bit of controversy
    To spark things up if you’re asking me
    It just wouldn’t do if we were all the same
    We need all sorts on here from the smart to inane

    He’s a provocateur,  but a decent sort
    That is what I’ve always thought 
    He’s just poking the bear which he does by default 
    The best way to take Munster is with a large pinch of salt!

  • magicmac54

    Nov 29, 2022 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #3

    The Bard

    Another Masterpiece young Bard, and no doubt you will always remain elusive 😀 😀 😀

  • check the toastie

    Nov 29, 2022 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    One of your best Bard.

  • Wor B

    Nov 29, 2022 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Christmas song from BBC web page…

    Kane better watch out,
    He’d better not cry,
    He’d better not pout,
    I’m telling you why: Callum Wilson’s going to start.
    He’ll score when you are sleeping He’ll score when your awake
    He’ll score if Kane’s been bad or good (so he’d better be good for goodness sake)

  • Swablr

    Nov 29, 2022 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Bard..outstanding ode!! A wordsmith of the highest order!

  • Pottsclock

    Nov 29, 2022 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    When (if) Juventus get relegated because of financial mismanagement, as they did in 2006 because of their illegal financial dealings, which players should we buy in the fire sale?

  • Swablr

    Nov 29, 2022 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Potts…the lot?

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 29, 2022 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Hmmm…the Juventus financial issues are during the same period that Ronaldo was at the club…

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    The Bard…

    #2 that was a balanced and fair masterpiece. Very good 🙂

  • magicmac54

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Wor B

    Do you play for the queens A or the Royal Oak A 😀 😀 Or perhaps it`s the Taco Taker 😀


  • Pottsclock

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Rabiot’s contract expires next summer. He’s 27. I’d certainly take him.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13

    It will be like vultures around a carcass if Juventus get demoted…

  • niafron

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Bonjour Mesdames et Messieurs!


    Royal Oak? What is this? I know she was a battleship who entered service during WW1 and was sunk during WW2 by a german submarine in Scapa Flow, but surely there’s a story behing her name?


    Well, he had an excellent start in this world cup, still i wait to see him in the Knockout round to be sure of his improvement as a player.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Wor B

    #5 😆

    I bloody knew you were the Bard. BBC Web Page? That was your masterpiece 😉

  • Wor B

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #16


    Neither, although I have played on the Queens Head table. It’s a very poor table in a confined space!

    I doubt Taco would even waste a homemade coin on it! He plays a different version on snooker / pool club tables.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #17

    I thought that Bruno had a good game considering he was subbed on halfway throught the second half and had to get up to speed in the game.

  • magicmac54

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #18


    There is actually a Royal Oak bar in my town Portadown in the Emerald Isle, i see you have a very good grasp on WW1 and WW2 history, it`s very clear by observing your posts your a very savvy and knowledgeable and well informed bloke Niafron.

  • Wor B

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #19


    My only talent #5 was copy & paste!

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #20

    EGB – I think that’s wearing heavily tinted glasses to say that, I really do. Someone could also say something like, “I thought that Bruno had a poor game considering the oppositions legs were already a little tired and he was fresh”.

    We don’t need to kiss his arse. He had an ok game from what I saw. Lost the ball a few times but did some decent things. Nothing standout either way.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #21


    I wenr to the Scapa Flow museum when on a long weekend on Orkney, well worth a visit if you ever get there.

    Scapa Flow was where the Royal Navy based their fleet and was considered safe until a german U boat managed to sneak in to sink the Royal Oak, they then beefed up the defences by sinking a few old ships across the entrance and they are still there today as rusting hulks.

    It is also where the German fleet ended up after their surrender but the Germans scuttled them so the British could not use them and there they lie to this day.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #22


    Sorry you disagree mate but I thought he did OK.

    Right I’ll put my normal specs on now! 🙂

  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #23



  • magicmac54

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #24

    Wor B

    Those lads didn`t seem to have a lot of space to play either on that video link i sent, when i played in the Craigavon Pool league back in the day i hated playing opposing teams where there was very restricted space to play the shots, at least there was always a good excuse if i played a bad shot 😀 😀 We can have a few games when i come over again in April Wor B mate.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #25


    That was the WW1 German fleet.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #26

    EGB – you said “good game” and I disagreed, saying he had an “ok game”. Now you just said “he did OK” but make out that I disagree with that…

    Make up your mind mate…do you think he had an ok game or a good game? I agree with saying it was “ok” just was disagreeing with “good”.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #27
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #28

    On seconds thoughts it’s probably all toon fans voting 😀

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #29

    Ah, that joker Big Frank is running the poll

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #30

    Wor B

    #19 good C&P then mate… Was a good one! I really hope they play Wilson. But please hold up above. We don’t want to see a Wilson injury if he does get a start.

    If he does start I think we will see a goal or 2 from him. As I believe England will really go after Wales tonight to put the flames out and blow the cobwebs away from the USA dire performance.

    I think we will spank them 4:0 tonight with a Wilson brace (if he plays) if he doesn’t play then 1:0 England with a 21min of injury time Pope Bruno type diving header he picked up from him in training 😉

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #31

    There’s a lot of emphasis being put on about that footage of Wales players celebrating our demise against Iceland.

  • Vask

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #32


    I believe the name royal oak comes from a tree in Shropshire which the future king Charles the second took refuge in while trying to escape the clutches of Olly Cromwell and the parlimentarians.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 29, 2022 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #33

    Hey Raj I see you are going to the Arsenal game. I’m going also with 3 of me mates down here. One of them has a box and he has invited me in there so I’m not in the NUFC end. I’ll still celebrate like fook when we score (they know that)

    Where you going for a pint before the game mate, as I said to the lads I’m going with I’d go to a bar/pub where wor lot are. Not sure if you know yet or will know closer to the time but let me know if you can. I’ll even get the rounds in Raj. That’s the type of kid I am

  • snowdone

    Nov 29, 2022 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #34

    We may get to see Bruno in the final group game from the start. Let’s see how he does. Brazil have rarely got out of third gear so far. Their defence has not been tested yet.
    I shall be watching the Ecuador vs Senegal game with great interest. The South Americans have started well. The Senegalese are more functional.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 29, 2022 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #35


    #31 it’s why I would love us to smash them all over tonight mate. They seem to hate the English. It’s strange as we don’t really hold any animosity towards them it’s more the Scottish historically. But I was aware of the Iceland carry on and them crazy scenes in Tenerife a few days ago. A bunch of pissed up fat slops fighting each other…embarrassing!!!

    I hope we beat them convincingly tonight. I really do think we will mind you. Wales are playing terrible, I think their heads have gone

  • Wor B

    Nov 29, 2022 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #36

    Aye, there’s lots being made of Wales capitalising on emotions and passion to beat England.

    If it comes down to technical ability England are clearly the better team, but we’ve all seen games lost by the better team!

    I think we’ll have too much for Wales tonight regardless of how much they are up for it.

  • Regan

    Nov 29, 2022 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #37

    Write wales off at your peril..

    Can’t see us getting beat by 4 goals but can’t see this being easy by any stretch of the imagination..

  • niafron

    Nov 29, 2022 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #38

    Lads, thanks to you all for the answers!

  • Regan

    Nov 29, 2022 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #39

    Booked a day off tomorrow..
    So whatever the result.. it could get messy..


  • Dubai Micky

    Nov 29, 2022 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Vask re Royal Oak, yep, that’s what we were taught too.


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