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  1. The two minutes silence is on City website: https://www.lcfc.com/tv/905275/twominutes-silence-at-king-power-stadium
  2. Perhaps Shilton should have said this denies a better player an England cap, who will also be younger. At least Shilton was still a regular for a PL club when he won his last cap. This selection will have had nothing to with Southgtate who has he tricky job of fitting Rooney into a team of players at their best when playing at pace. If Rooney has to get a cap, hopefully he will come on when there is only a few minutes left. That way, Rooney gets applause when he comes on and England can build on the game v Spain.
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    FA Cup 2018/19

    ...or Tranmere v Oxford City. City play in National League South and reached 2nd round last year, defeating Colchester away before losing in injury time to Notts County. Very unlucky to have been drawn away to league sides consecutively in main competition.
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    That “Handball” last night

    There appears to be uncertainty what the laws say on handball, so this may be helpful (law 12): https://resources.fifa.com/image/upload/laws-of-the-game-2018-19.pdf?cloudid=khhloe2xoigyna8juxw3 An attempt to head the ball with hands raised must be deliberate, so this should have been a penalty. Probably not another booking as no clear goal scoring opportunity
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    Harvey Barnes - West Brom (loan)

    FIF - thanks for posting the video of the goal Barnes scored v S. Wednesday which I had not seen. I had seem him play V P'boro last January & it was far from evident he could have the pace and power he demonstrated with that goal. He should definitely stay at WBA; he seems to have improved so much; I guess playing and training with Gareth Barry will have helped him . My view is a full season of playing regular football will be far better for him (and us) than sitting on the bench - we are not short of midfield players. Furthermore, if he rejoins us in the close season it will be easier for him to integrate with several weeks training with the first team squad rather than being 'thrown straight into the mix'.
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    What if watford do a leicester

    To put their start in perspective, Watford have one away game this season - beating Burnley. (Their other games have been at home, with another this Saturday) It must have been a strange result for all of the outfield players that started that game. They were all at Watford last season and they had only experienced defeats since a win last November at Newcastle. PS today comes the news Harry the Hornet, probably the best known mascot in football, has resigned. A good day for Zaha?
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    Premier league attendances figures

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45158878 A FOI request confirms attendances are not based on people at the game
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    Tom Lawrence

    We signed him when in the Championship. Nearly all his game time until being sold to Derby was loaned out to other clubs in Championship. He never made the impact Barnes, for example is making at WBA. I saw him play at Reading first game of the season. Apart from a superb headed winning goal, I don't think that (currently) he is at the level to be anything more than a squad player. We are not short of players who can play in a similar role to him; it was best for all he moved on.
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    What if watford do a leicester

    I've seen Watford a couple of times this season. Although improved from last season I would still be surprised if they challenge for a Europe place next season. On the plus side, Foster has been outstanding at times in goal - a very good signing- Doocoure and Hughes look good in midfield (with Cleverly still to return after injury) and Deeney has not shown such form for over 2 seasons. However, there is not similar quality throughout the team (Peyrera excepted) throughout the team and too many simple errors are made. Also worth noting is that 3 of their games have been at home (and next game is also at home) where they were strong last season. The win this season away was at Burnley who had been playing in Europe in midweek). If Watford are to do well it is away much improvement is needed. That win ended a run of 8 games without a goal away and losing 11 and drawing 1 of their last 12 away games. I see no chance of Watford doing what City did, particularly given the strength this season of both Man C and Liverpool.
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    Schmeichel / Denmark

    Perhaps not quite true, but he won't be playing for Denmark. Extraordinary some futsal players may be playing in their friendly games this International break.. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/sep/04/denmark-futsal-players-squad-contract-negotiatons-dbu-football https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45382474
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    James Maddison Confirmed

    This article is (half) about Maddison: https://www.theguardian.com/football/football-league-blog/2018/aug/22/david-brooks-james-maddison-persistence-premier-league There must be similar players in Championship (possibly Lge 1/2); I hope our scouts are looking for talent here as much as abroad.
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    Harvey Barnes - West Brom (loan)

    Although he did not score on WBA's 7-1 win v QPR, reporter on BBC Football said 'special mention for Harvey Barnes, a very gifted player'. I just hope he continues his form...
  13. Of no great significance other than to demonstrate the demise of many northern clubs: 10 seasons ago Liverpool were in the southerly half of the 20 PL clubs. This season Watford are in the northern half..
  14. Reported in the Times that PL and FA disagree about work permits for EU players after Brexit (as there won't be free movement without a specific agreement). PL wants any foreign player given a contract to be eligible for a work permit - allowing non-EU nationals easier access to play in PL. FA wants the rules applied to non-EU players to be extended to EU players. I understand rules would have to be the same. So for example if FA had their way, we could not have signed Mahrez, Kante, Diabate. However, it would give British players a greater chance to play in the top divisions. The FA argue there are too many 'journeyman' players from EU currently playing - which would be exacerbated if the PL have their proposals accepted. The PL say they wuld be at a disadvantage if restrictions placed on work permit eligibility. On balance I prefer the FA proposals. PL clubs could still sign the better (established) players from around the world but would probably have to play more UK players, benefiting the national teams. Given the success of English teams in the various age restricted tournaments there is a wealth of talent who may not get the chance to establish themselves (particularly at the 'top' clubs.) In the Championship half of the players are foreign; isn't this too high? Perhaps there is a middle ground - perhaps by some relaxation of work permit rules?
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    Prospects for new season

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/aug/06/premier-league-2018-19-preview-leicester Very good article. It highlights that the main problems of last season (isolation of Vardy & poor defence) have not been adequately remedied. Man U without Vardy or Maguire is a game we will do very well to get anything from.