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    Pollyanna perspectives

    For everyone except France or Croatia, reasons to be cheerful about getting eliminated, at whatever stage:

    1) Qatar 2022. Holders (moral) England would have found it more difficult to boycott. Also true if they'd Icelanded against Panama, and gone home after the group stage. It's certainly easier for their supporters now. "We're not scared of embarrassment, we love tournaments, but we got principles".

    Similar rationales can be found for others. Subject to revision, after Euro 2020.

    2) The Infantino/Putin shots on TV. May, Merkel, various royals ... no Final photo-op for you, or dilemma about having one. Americans especially, they dodged a bullet.

    3) The old "losing to eventual winners" defence. Denmark have the best case here, sort of not losing to either.

    4) Getting rid of that coach or player you want out. Wilmots Syndrome. Like, Poland? But probably not France.

    #2
    If England had got to the final then several of this team would have become impossible to remove from a first team place for a decade. I think some of Southgate's "young lions" are primed already to get out of the under 21s and into this squad.
    Last edited by Rogin the Armchair fan; 13-07-2018, 10:16.

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      #3
      If Kane/Sterling had scored in the final, we'd never be able to sub him off when he's playing crap. Kane would keep taking the penalties even when he keeps missing them (see Messi).

      At least we avoided the humiliation of losing to Scotland as world champions.

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        #4
        Thirty nations' leaders didn't accidentally enter a wet T-shirt competition.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Rogin the Armchair fan View Post
          If England had got to the final then several of this team would have become impossible to remove from a first team place for a decade. I think some of Southgate's "young lions" are primed already to get out of the under 21s and into this squad.
          But more pertinently, can they get first-team club football?

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