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    Estonia Squad

    Mart Poom (remember him?) has a bit on the game on the BBC website, though in truth, he doesn't say anything new or insightful: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47567983
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    Squad formation v Estonia

    Euro Qualifying was between 3 1/2 and 4 years ago. And even in the last two games of that campaign, KL was starting to struggle. Since then he has done precisely NOTHING in a green shirt (or even looked like it). If we weren't so desperate for strikers, KL wouldn't/shouldn't be anywhere near our team. As it is, he has shown no reason why he should be starting vs Estonia - it's Boyce and/or Magennis for me.
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    Squad formation v Estonia

    NI manager Michael O'Neill expects [Evans] to join up with the squad on Monday. "There is a little bit of a doubt about Corry. We'll see how he is as the week progresses," said O'Neill. "Will Grigg and Gareth McAuley are two that we will monitor over the week but everyone else is fine," he added. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47609827
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    Score Prediction v Estonia

    See, I always said an 18,434 capacity stadium was too big. Should have gone for around 18,220, maybe 18,225 - ideal!
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    Squad for Belarus and Estonia at home

    "I wouldn't be selecting him again any time soon" is backtracking from your previous "I’d be more than happy to give him a permanent break from international football." Anyhow, from the present squad you'd presumably wave goodbye to: Michael McGovern - Had to be told by Brian Kerr to try the IFA, since he wasn't going to crack it with ROI; Jonny Evans - Picked up a yellow card suspension so as to be available for Ferguson/MU next time out; appeared decidedly lukewarm when we were struggling and MU were flying; Aaron Hughes - Retired from international football, before changing his mind; Shane Ferguson - Turned down several call-ups under NW; Jordan Jones - Turned his back on us for England(!), before returning to the fold; Will Grigg - Turned down call-ups; Conor Washington - Turned down call-ups; Kyle Lafferty - Where do we start? In fact thinking about it, didn't even Big G talk about retiring from international football at one stage? (Don't quote me on that, for the oul memory's not what it was. And the oul memory's not what it was, either)
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    Squad formation v Estonia

    See above.
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    Squad formation v Estonia

    CW has said before that he's not suited to playing out wide. He prefers to play through the middle as part of a two. That said, I suspect he'd be happy to get a game anywhere: apart from an hour in a 1-0 home FA Cup defeat by Barnet , CW has played precisely 7 minutes for Sheff U this year, in 2 sub appearances. Has yet to score this season: https://www.soccerbase.com/players/player.sd?player_id=68000 So if a choice between the two, it surely has to be McGinn - experienced, plays on the right, in decent form, getting games and the odd goal.
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    Squad for Belarus and Estonia at home

    "Good enough for Championship level" is as good as/better than, all bar two of our squad (CC/JE). In fact, he's one of just five players who are starting regularly in the Championship (Lewis, C.Evans, Saville and Josh M). The lad needs a break in more senses than one.
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    Squad for Belarus and Estonia at home

    Michael seems to be a big fan of picking his team/formation according to the opposition (at least against the stronger teams). And 3 at the back is fine if the oppo pick two strikers - two CB's to mark each one, plus one spare to cover. But if the oppo only have a single striker, you're left with one CB with nothing to do, which is too wasteful. But these two games aren't the problem, or even the following two in June. For with or without AH and Big G, we should (stress) be able to beat Belarus and Estonia. The problem comes next season against Germany and Netherlands, when neither AH or Big G will be up to it. Seriously. I imagine Michael will keep them around in the squad until the end of the season, before discarding them and attempting to make do with Cathcart/Evans/Flanagan/McNair, maybe even Ballard, thereafter
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    Squad for Belarus and Estonia at home

    Yeah, but he was actually picked at LB, presumably because we had no-one else. I'm pleased to see Ballard in the squad, it shows just how long-term Michael's thinking is. But with Cathcart and Evans, there's no need actually to pick him this time around. And something I read on another forum suggested his Ma/family are v.much Norn Iron fans, so I don't think we need to tie him down, either.
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    Squad for Belarus and Estonia at home

    He's been a bit more than that this season, with Sheff U fans appearing v.pleased with him, eg: https://www.s24su.com/forum/index.php?threads/clever-ollie.70162/ "Permanent"? The guy has 57 caps, inc as FU says, 29 of the last 30 competitive games (the other a suspension) and I can't ever remember him pulling out of the squad in suspicious circumstances before. And when his Da used to post on here, it was obvious the pride both took in his playing for NI. And after a decade of playing for NI, you want to punish him for one withdrawal for which there may be an explanation which we don't know? If you applied that standard to the entire squad, Michael wouldn't be able to raise a five-a-side team.
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    Squad for Belarus and Estonia at home

    Were that the case, he'd surely have turned up anyhow to be assessed, before being sent back to Sheffield, as appropriate. Or if it didn't even need assessing, Michael would have said "fitness" rather than "personal".
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    Squad for Belarus and Estonia at home

    Know what you mean about precedents etc, and if it was eg Laff or Grigg who'd pulled out again for "personal reasons", I'd probably have called a halt to all future involvement for them. But there is no evidence that Olly has ever been anything other than entirely committed to OWC, so imo we should just accept it at face value. Besides which, these are the two "easiest" games, we should be capable of winning them without him and provided he turns out for the later games, I'd say that should be the end of it.
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    Joachim Low - Running scared of OWC

    You're right, they have a seemingly endless capacity to reinvent and restore themselves. But it doesn't always happen straightaway. We just have to hope that their present rebuilding job takes another year or two before it completely shows results, so that we catch them in between great sides? And of course, though there is not always a direct correlation between the National Team and club football, it may offer some further (small) hope that their domestic game may be going through a bit of a dip* at the moment. * - Only Bayern have a good chance of getting through to the Quarters of the CL, and only Eintracht left in the last 16 of the EL, where they face Inter. Also their increasing pursuit of good young talent for the Bundesliga, from England and beyond.
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    Joachim Low - Running scared of OWC

    Already preparing his Exit Plan before he faces us? Germany coach Joachim Low admitted that his time in charge of the national team is coming to an end and that he would be tempted by Real Madrid. Low won the World Cup in 2014 with Germany but in recent times the team has disappointed at this year's World Cup and in the Nations Cup. "I realise that the major part of my time here is now in the past and I need to think about what I want to do afterwards, in my plans are to coach a club which I did before being national team coach," said Low. "I would prefer not to continue in Germany, I think that my future is more likely to abroad. Real Madrid? They are an interesting club for any coach." https://www.marca.com/en/football/real-madrid/2018/12/09/5c0d28a546163f88808b4568.html
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    Joachim Low - Running scared of OWC

    I wonder is there a thread on a parallel German site noting that Michael will likely no longer be selecting Aaron Hughes, Gareth McAuley and Jamie Ward etc?
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    Squad v Estonia 21.3.19

    Grant McCann loaned him out to Tranmere from Donny, where he has played very regularly in a team newly promoted from non-League, which is currently pushing for another promotion (to League One) via the play-offs: https://www.soccerbase.com/players/player.sd?player_id=69031 My guess is that McCann decided that after his injury record, Luke needed regular game time more than anything, and he (GMcC) perhaps couldn't rely on him staying fit for a Donny side which itself is pushing for promotion to the Championship? Anyhow, when I recently described Luke's background in the game to a Tranmere mate (highly rated youngster at Man U etc), he nodded and said that that explained the touches of class which he displays at that level.
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    Squad v Estonia 21.3.19

    At least. With 3 x gk's in a 23 man squad, I'd expect Michael to go 8 x defenders, 8 x midfielders and 4 x strikers.
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    Squad v Estonia 21.3.19

    No harm to young Sykes, who may develop into a decent player in time, but the only reason we might even consider him is if there is absolutely no-one else, not because he is remotely near international standard. I mean, he has played precisely three senior games in f-t football, and that in the third tier, for a side who are so skint they're reduced to bargain basement signings (in his case from the IL) and loans etc. And who are in severe danger of playing next season in the fourth tier. In the circumstances, I agree we have to consider him. But I do hope people are not being fooled by his current "Sunderland/Big Club" tag. His record shows that he is essentially a 3rd tier player, with around 150 games at that level or below, plus a season or two in the second tier, by the age of 27: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Flanagan_(footballer) And to put that in perspective, Rory McArdle has over 400 games at those levels, including 33 this season for Sc**thorpe, and he's still "only" 31: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rory_McArdle No-one who ever saw eg his horror show in the late, unlamented Carling Nations Cup fiasco in Dublin would ever consider him to gain another cap. But he could point to his CV and make a case for saying it compares favourably with Flanagan's, for instance. This is depressing.
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    UEFA considering international leagues

    The IFA had better get "All-Oireland Superleague So It Is" registered before John Delaney gets round to it.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    The young lad retorted with glee That unless you return me my fee I'll just stay where I am Since I don't give a damn And it's you who'll be stuck here with me!
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Obviously London would suit me, but I actually enjoyed my day trip to Crewe (football match aside). P.S. Am I the only person anywhere ever to have uttered the phrase: "I enjoyed my day trip to Crewe"?
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Yeah, but each is likely to draw a much bigger crowd to the other than OWC. And notwithstanding their two very recent games, in the 26 years since their split, they've still only played each other a dozen times: 7 x Czech wins, 3 x Slovak wins, 2 x draws
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Of the three, Denmark is liable to be the most expensive once you're out there*, and by some distance. Either way, none will be so expensive as getting married - and that's even if you were to move there permanently! * - Flights may be similarly priced, though.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Interesting that Wales have arranged a friendly with Trinidad & Tobago for their free date on 20 March and are staging it at The Racecourse, Wrexham (capacity 10,700?). http://www.faw.cymru/en/news/wales-face-trinidad-tobago-racecourse-march/?back=/en/news/&pos=1 They haven't said what prices they'll charge yet, and I know they want to spread games round, but they can't be very confident of drawing a crowd when they didn't go for Swansea's ground (capacity 20k)
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