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  1. If other countries like France, Spain and England can play 18 years olds in their first teams then why not us? I’m not saying he should be nailed onto start but given the way he played and his potential then at least get him in the squad and have a proper look at him. Clarke was at Stamford Bridge last night and given the way Gilmour played and the way that Lampard talks about his talent and attitude, he deserves a chance to show what he can do for the national team, regardless of his age.
  2. Seems that EURO 2020 isn’t in the bracket of a ‘major’ tournament so they’ll be in. Will just have to do it the hard way! https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50563736
  3. New article on the BBC football site about this: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/50551384
  4. Apparently the hosting status will be revoked as well.
  5. I see there are more stories in the media about possible sanctions against Russia and the punishment could be a blanket ban from all major sporting events including Euro 2020, due to ‘inconsistencies in anti-doping data’. Maybe we won’t need a play-off after all!!
  6. I agree that it’ll probably come down to the toss of a coin to see if we have a decent chance of qualifying or not. Just like we wouldn’t like to have to go to Norway or Serbia, they certainly wouldn’t fancy a one off game at Hampden especially as it would be a sell out. If it’s at Hampden and we have most of our best players available, there’s no reason why we couldn’t beat Norway or Serbia. It would be great if Griffiths got some good game time between now and March because if he can get back to his best, he’d be a great asset at Hampden. Let’s just hope luck is on our side on 22 November!
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    Lyndon Dykes

    I never said he should get a call up based on 2 performances and I don’t think anyone is but if he can keep this level of play up then he deserves as much a chance as anyone else.
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    Lyndon Dykes

    I agree that he needs to show some consistency but he’s still young and how many pundits would’ve said Vardy would be scoring regularly in the Premier League if they’d watched him at Dykes’ age. If Eamonn Brophy can get into the team then it shows we don’t have a great pool of quality strikers to choose from so why not keep tabs on anyone who’s available?
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    Lyndon Dykes

    I know it’s maybe a bit premature but I’ve been really impressed with his performances against the Old Firm. His parents are from Dumfries so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on him as a possible selection for Scotland.
  10. The next 4 games are essentially friendlies so what’s the harm in getting him into the squad to have a look at him. I agree that the Championship isn’t a great standard but do you think any of our other strikers (e.g. Brophy or Russell) would be scoring as many as Shankland has in that league for Dundee Utd? The next 4 games are crucial in terms of building a team for the play-offs so use it to have a look at players in form.
  11. We need to get some belief back into the team. Clearly the RB and CBs along with the strikers are the main focus but I also think we should look at replacing Marshall in goal as he doesn’t inspire confidence throughout the team in the way McGregor did. Who that replacement can be isn’t easy but maybe the next 4 games gives Clarke a chance to experiment. Its going to be difficult but if we can get the core of the team playing in a cohesive and positive way then I’d be confident against any of the 4th tier nations at Hampden (less so in an away game though)
  12. Yeah - it’s a cracking stadium for atmosphere with the fans right on top of the players. I watched that game after 20 mins of the Scotland game!
  13. Too easy and bookies will have been hammered tonight
  14. NI game is decent and at least they’re making Germany work for the win.
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