Stoke players at the World Cup

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    clitheroekid
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    Now the first round of games have been played i thought a quick round up of Stoke players at the World Cup.

    Butland and Badou unused subs.

    Shaq his usual self great control and keeping the ball but in a team like Stoke’s relegation team no one making great runs for him to feed. At least a great corner to set up the equaliser.

    Etebo in a poor side (Nigeria) was very much like recent signings good on the ball and good vision and was on the day their best player in my opinion and looks a good prospect.

    MBD for Senegal did a job on the right side of the attack for an hour but the very limited big strong team deserved their win.

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    After the second round of games.

    Both Senegal lads got sometime on the pitch but may struggle to start in the final group game. Etebo played this time at the head of the diamond and was quite productive but looked better playing in a deeper role in the previous game.

    The star man was Shaqiri man of the match and last winner for Switzerland, even i jumped out of my seat when he scored.

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    Overall a mixed bag. Etebo shows potential lets hope at club level he is just as good.

    Shaq said farewell with a lovely goal and the only spark in a Swiss team. The Senegal lads did very little. Butland sat on the bench.

    I had wanted Butland to play in the 3rd place game as i cannot remember a Stoke player representing England at a World Cup since Banks in 1970. Probably not see one again in years to come.

    A decent World Cup as a tournament and England did ok, i did not fall for the media love in. Southgate got a system that worked for 11 players not a squad, but every substitution weakened the side and we had no plan B when required as to be competitive in midfield we would have lost the attacking width of the team.

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