Wasn't it Pep who once noted the importance of having a strong national core to a team? Or perhaps someone else of our clubs higher ups. Not saying it's *the* reason, just something factoring into the thinking.
Incredible how owners like this have helped convince the world that Sheikh Mansour and similar are ruining football when it's simply that they don't want to invest any of their own money in a competitive market.
Same. Imagine being able to take a front four of Kane, Sterling, Grealish and Foden to the World Cup, where they've actually played together week in week out. Even if they're playing in a different system that surely has to be a good thing.
They did. We had a good spell for the first 20 minutes or so, and it was mostly Italy after that. Easy to comment in hindsight but just wish we'd made the subs to go for it in normal time and risk the loss than take it to pens.
If we win the tournament it has to go to Sterling. He's carried us. His presence alone has allowed other players to look good by virtue of the attention every opposition defence gives him. Despite that he's still scored the crucial goals and been in constant threatening positions. Unfortunately...