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  1. I don't want to re-litigate him but not really! He was brought in with an intention to push England further (having no experience in the game) after Mark Sampson took a much less experienced and supported England to third place in the 2015 World Cup and the semi-finals of Euro 2017. With that in mind, and with England having one of the most well-funded and organised women's league and international team setups, he took them to 4th in the 2019 World Cup (after being outplayed by the USA and then limping to a defeat against Sweden), and in the following 9 games, won only 3, losing 5. It's not entirely his fault since Jordan Nobbs tore her ACL before the World Cup and she's one of the best midfielders in the world, but he certainly didn't make the most of what he had - instead picking familiar names like Houghton and Bardsley, a player who'd lost her club position to an English teenager. We planned to play out from the back, and then left Leah Williamson, the best ball-playing CB who had just been a standout performer for Arsenal winning the league, on the bench. To his credit, he coached England to win the SheBelieves Cup in 2019, as much as it's an exhibition, but performances against the teams they beat in that tournament have either been much worse (we've not beaten Brazil or the US since) or getting worse each time (the winning margin against Japan has reduced in each game). His name has certainly raised the profile of England and, to some, added legitimacy to women's football - which is to be commended - but the actual football has been mostly turgid and seen a number of good players underperform. And what does the man himself have to say? “I have a vision that nobody else has. I’ve got bravery that no other coach has probably ever had.” That was after the World Cup, just before England lost to Norway 2-1.
  2. Really pleased with this appointment, mainly so we can forget the Neville experiment. Hopefully Jayne Ludlow will get the nod to coach Team GB at the Olympics. Don't forget, UWCL starts next Friday! Lyon played PSV last night and, while they still have the star power, they really do look the most beatable they've ever been.
  3. Finished watching this now and agree with him entirely. Not just because it justifies my stance for the last 7 years that Part I wasn't a masterpiece but also because it has shored up my feeling that Part II absolutely is. It's not a perfect game, and not my favourite game, but it is trying so many things within the medium that it could so easily have played safe about and manages to do it whilst still fulfilling the remit of a Sony AAA game that I can't fail to admire its vision.
  4. I enjoyed Mark Brown of Game Maker's Toolkit's thoughts on the ending: https://medium.com/@mcbacon/the-uncomfortable-complicity-of-the-last-of-us-part-ii-full-spoilers-8da1700de033 I agree with it but not in a way that makes me feel negatively towards the game, just an "oh, yes, it does have some flawed logic" but I also agree with Ferine's excellent post in this thread about how the third act is crucial to the story. It's an improvement on the first game, a lot of which I think is around me finding it a lot less tense or at least playing it as a straight shooter is encouraged, so I felt like I could play it for hours and get into it, rather than feel my shoulders getting tighter with every encounter. But I think the key thing about the game is that the folk who are praising it all sound like they're having a much better time than the edgelords that are constantly whining about betraying a character who was clearly selfish bordering on villainous. It felt like an 8/10 when the credits rolled but I'm slowly finding myself pushing that score up as I soak up other people's impressions.
  5. Everyone watching this thread as it hits 12pm.
  6. I know it's not worth complaining again about the online implementation but the fact you can keep retrying if there's "interference" but if the destination is full, it just ends the online session and you have to start it all over again is just ridiculous.
  7. It's really not worth the backtrack now and there's a sidequest later on which will take you back to the church anyway so you can pick it up then. It's materia.
  8. I think everyone's pockets were too full to do that!
  9. The gate is back open but, at this point, I recommend sharing the wealth and visiting BubbleWife instead! Thank you to everyone who came and left very generous tips. At last count, it was 4,293,100 bells from 100 visits, 27 oranges, 1 spino tail and 1 power helmet. All hugely appreciated and I'll be sending some on to my pal's niece so she can get a foothold in the property market at the age of 7.
  10. After EIGHT HOURS, I think that's it for everyone who asked (other than @Alan Stock). The gate is currently closed but just PM me if you want to visit. I'll keep it available until 10pm - although it's a lovely place to visit in any season.
  11. Down to 15 on the list (including everyone on this page up to Callithump) before repeat offenders. Somehow we're almost through! Had another connection error so let me know if you got kicked.
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