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Post Info TOPIC: Which round will England reach in the FIFA World Cup 2018??
Which round will England reach? [14 vote(s)]

Winner
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Finalists
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3rd place
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4th place
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Quarters
42.9%
Last 16
42.9%
3rd in Group
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4th in Group
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Overall worst record in the tournament!
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Which round will England reach in the FIFA World Cup 2018??


Well, worth seeing what us tennis fans know about football. 

As an aside, Gareth Southgate owns a house nearby to where I live in Harrogate - a massive manor house near to Fewston Reservoir. I have seen him in two restuarants locally, the Italian Connection on Cold Bath Road , and Al Bivio on Hornbeam Park. I deduce from that he likes Italian Food and he seems a very nice and decent man. Hope we go far! 

 



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I think will go further than Saudi Arabia - Alan Shearer not being too complimentary about them at the moment!

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A131 wrote:

I think will go further than Saudi Arabia - Alan Shearer not being too complimentary about them at the moment!


 I don't blame him, it's ridiculous that teams that weak can qualify when there are probably at least 10 European teams who didn't qualify that could have won just as easily as Russia did.



-- Edited by brendan on Thursday 14th of June 2018 06:15:20 PM

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I rather like the representations and variety as it is. Generally to me it adds to the World Cup though this appears to have been an unusually very poor Saudi Arabia side even for a lesser conference ( I only saw the very early stages ).

14 Europeans, 5 South Americans and 13 others ( 5 African, 5 Asian and 3 Central/North American ), as it is here after the play-offs, works for me. Some real jeopardy that some 'big' European and South American nations might not make it ( as happens ) and that's fine too. Adds to qualifying. 

I don't though like the sound of the increase to 48 apparently coming next time, since first of all 32 works just fine without complications plus it sounds as if the 'others' will increase disproportionately to Europe and South America and then I might more agree that it's a bit much. But OK now.



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I think the thing about the World Cup is that it isnt supposed to be top 32 teams, more a representative selection of the top teams from each geography in the world. There have always been weak teams, who remembers Honduras losing 10-0 to Spain in 86 (? not sure), or Zaire (as it was then) in 74, losing 9-0 to Brazil. But they add to the interest and exotic nature of a world cup, playing different countries and cultures. I like it. The increase to 48 I am not sure about, it seems to add 2 places to Europe which isnt great and more to other places, Africa and Asia gain the most. Oceania get one guaranteed place - NZ can pretty much book their tickets now it seems, given Australia play in Asia these days. I guess Israel playing in Europe makes that space available!

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I'm all for plucky underdogs but what was so annoying was that SA didn't even try to compete so why even bother turning up?



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