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    Big Crowd for England game.

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    How to follow:Listen on BBC Radio 5 live; text commentary on the BBC Sport websiteEngland face a "strange experience" when they play Friday's Nations League tie in Croatia behind closed doors, says manager Gareth Southgate.
    Croatia were punished after a swastika was marked on their pitch before a Euro 2016 home qualifier against Italy.
    "It is a shame for the travelling fans and those who have not missed a game for decades," Southgate said.
    England are aiming to avenge defeat by their hosts in the World Cup semi-final just 93 days ago.


    Southgate said: "We do it every day of our lives - playing football in front of a handful of people watching - so it's not totally unique, but in a match situation it's different.
    "I'm sure Croatia feel the same. They'd like to have the encouragement of an incredibly passionate support."
    The crowd will be officially registered as zero but there are likely to be about 500 people in the stadium, with about 150 media expected and a maximum of 75 people per team delegation, including the players.
    There will be a maximum of 200 people holding top-category tickets from the visiting association as well as police officers, security staff and people carrying out functions relating to the stadium infrastructure.
    There will also be a maximum of 75 Uefa representatives, as well as Uefa partners holding complimentary VIP tickets.
    Southgate said: "It means Croatia don't get the energy the home support can give you in those moments when you're under pressure. Whether it's an advantage, though, who knows?"

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    With 75 FIFA freeloaders there, it will be like watching non league football.

    Why are so many governing body people present for this, and presumably other fixtures over the weekend.
    Free entry, hospitality, and no doubt, first class transport and hotels all round.

    FIFA, more corrupt than the EU.

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    Apparently the Aussie-Pakistan test in Dubai had crowds as high as 250 this week.

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    Well it is Aussie reserves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Well it is Aussie reserves.
    Yeah but do you know how many bacon sarnies there are in Dubai?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    FIFA, more corrupt than the EU.
    And Thai immigration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    And Thai immigration.
    The corruption there is at least, highly visible and obvious. Less so in the case of the EU and FIFA.

    By officially sanctioning the Nations league friendlies, FIFA have carved a lucrative niche for their sycophants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    The corruption there is at least, highly visible and obvious. Less so in the case of the EU and FIFA.

    By officially sanctioning the Nations league friendlies, FIFA have carved a lucrative niche for their sycophants.
    Well they're not really friendlies are they.

    I actually think it's a great idea. It's like a Davis Cup for tennis, a format I've always said would be the best way to get the top 32 teams into the World Cup.

    That way you wouldn't have whipping boys qualifying for the World Cup merely because they're in a confederation full of shit teams.



    The four group winners from League A will qualify for the finals, to be played in a yet to be decided European city in June 2019. Four nations, one from each League, will also qualify for the UEFA Euro 2020 finals.

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    After decades of pointless games against the likes of Andorra, Faroe Islands and Scotland...what complaints can an Englishman have about this format?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    After decades of pointless games against the likes of Andorra, Faroe Islands and Scotland...what complaints can an Englishman have about this format?
    By the same token, Scotland must be thrilled to get the opportunity to play minnows like Israel....



    Oh.

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    Interesting game tonight. 3 or 4-1 to the Spiks I reckon.

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    How's the World's 4th best team doing bud?


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    Bloody hell...England 3-0 up and carving Spain open at will.



    Fookin Come On!

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    EASY EASY EASY

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    Has Lulu gone to bed?

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    The TD ultras are normally all in bed by now.

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    The home crowd are a bit quiet.


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    Sloppy defending, they're all bouncing around again now.

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    Pickford has been awful second half.

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    So now the spotlight turns back to.... Mourinho.

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    I wonder if he'll start Rashford after that performance

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