I know they're seeded but until last night we'd only beaten Moldova & San Marino. We couldn't beat Ukraine home or away, Montenegro in three previous games against them or win in Poland. We'd struggle against the majority of the teams in the play offs. Iceland/Slovenia would be okay but the others, all tough. We can't hide away from the fact it was a weak Montenegro team last night too.
None of that is pretty, for sho'.
On the flip side, England have lost just once in qualifying since 2008 and that was a dead rubber game against Ukraine played mostly with 10-men.
Feels strange for me to be defending England after being down on them for years, but they're not that
bad. Lightyears away from the 6/7 elite teams but more than capable of holding their own against everybody else.
Actually no we'd knock Sweden out of a seed so we could get them. Ha.
Ah yeah, good spot. Playoffs look a little bit more daunting with Sweden in there, though England usually handle them in competitive games. Still, all the more reason not to fuck about with Poland.
It's international qualifying, dumbass, not an elite international tournament. You won't see elite play until the knockout stages of the actual World Cup. I know in your head you've probably managed to convince yourself that the Champions League is the measure of a player's legacy but I'm afraid to tell you that it's not. Until Messi puts in a standout performance at a world cup he'll always be in Diego's shadow.
Wow. How on earth did we get there from Germany vs Ireland?