Scout Notes

Rashford injured as England implode in Nations League

Netherlands 3-1 England

Goals: Mattijs de Ligt, Quincy Promes | Marcus Rashford

Own Goals: Kyle Walker

Assists: Memphis Depay x2

FPL Involvement:

  • Virgil van Dijk – 120 minutes
  • Georginio Wijnaldum – 120 minutes
  • Davy Pröpper – 30 minutes
  • Jordan Pickford – 120 minutes
  • Ben Chilwell – 120 minutes
  • Harry Maguire – 120 minutes
  • John Stones – 120 minutes
  • Kyle Walker – 120 minutes
  • Ross Barkley – 120 minutes
  • Raheem Sterling – 120 minutes
  • Declan Rice – 105 minutes
  • Fabian Delph – 77 minutes
  • Harry Kane – 75 minutes
  • Jadon Sancho – 61 minutes
  • Jesse Lingard – 59 minutes
  • Marcus Rashford – 45 minutes
  • Jordan Henderson – 43 minutes
  • Dele Alli – 15 minutes

Manchester United have to wait on an update on Marcus Rashford after he went off injured in England’s Nations League defeat to the Netherlands on Thursday night.

The centre-forward was one of the few to impress for the Three Lions in the semi-final but his outing was cut short following a blow to the ankle.

In a first-half characterised by England giving the ball away cheaply, and the Netherlands dominating possession, Rashford turned the game on its head in the 30th minute.

He applied pressure to centre-back Matthijs de Ligt and robbed him of the ball inside the box, and then drew a foul from the panicking defender to earn a penalty.

The Manchester United man dispatched the spot-kick with the same coolness that we saw against PSG in the Champions League earlier in the 2018/19 campaign. Only time will tell whether or not he can rival Paul Pogba for penalty duties at Old Trafford.

A few minutes later, Rashford had the chance to make it 2-0. Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho nutmegged an exposed de Ligt in an advanced position and put his colleague through.

However, he hesitated just long enough for Denzel Dumfries to put in an impressive last-ditch tackle. This was the block that caused Rashford problems with his ankle and, despite soldiering on, he had to be replaced by Harry Kane at half-time.

England manager Gareth Southgate had taken the decision to leave all of those who had competed in the Champions League final on Saturday on the bench for the match, including captain Kane.

Jordan Henderson and Dele Alli were the only others to get on the pitch, while Eric Dier, Joe Gomez, Danny Rose and Trent Alexander-Arnold all remained unused substitutes.

That left Raheem Sterling with the honour of captaining England for the first time, capping off an incredible season of maturity for the Manchester City player.

With a host of regulars not involved because of the Champions League final, it meant that Southgate went for a central midfield trio of Ross Barkley, Declan Rice and Fabian Delph – who were largely incapable of controlling things in the middle of the park.

The former struggled with cramp in the closing stages of extra-time, which may have contributed to his error that led to the Netherlands’ third goal.

“Ross (Barkley) had gone down with cramp moments before [the third goal] and the Dutch pressed very well with real intensity.” – Gareth Southgate

As already mentioned, it was a game which was littered with passing errors at the back for England.

John Stones, who was a peripheral figure for Manchester City as they closed in on a second successive Premier League title, was the guilty party for the Netherlands’ second goal.

He dawdled in possession long enough for Memphis Depay to pickpocket him and force an incredible diving save from Jordan Pickford – but the rebound was directed into the net by Kyle Walker under pressure from Quincy Promes.

Stones came in for serious criticism after the game, with many suggesting his limited game-time for Manchester City has affected his prospects. That said, with the departure of Vincent Kompany, he may be involved more for Pep Guardiola’s men in 2019/20.

Southgate was also questioned for insisting on playing it out from the back, but he defended his tactics after the game.

“I’m asking them to play a tough game at the back – if we didn’t play that way we wouldn’t be here. We didn’t lose because of how we wanted to play; we lost because of poor execution and fatigue. It wasn’t just the two goals, we made errors and gave opportunities which should have been punished before that.” – Gareth Southgate

Stones was not the only Fantasy asset under fire for his performance on Thursday night.

Leicester City pair Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell were also involved and neither played as well as they are capable.

Centre-back Maguire was guilty of spurning possession all too often, while Chilwell was often exposed up against Steven Bergwijn.

However, England’s uncertainty at the back did allow Pickford to showcase his abilities. Left exposed by his defenders, he made 10 saves in the match, three of which were incredible reflex stops.

The Fantasy assets involved for the Netherlands’ starting line-up were Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum as Ronald Koeman opted to trust his Champions League winners’ physical and mental state.

Brighton’s Davy Pröpper was involved during extra-time while Patrick van Aanholt and Nathan Aké were unused substitutes.

Netherlands XI (4-2-3-1): Cillessen; Blind, van Dijk, de Ligt, Dumfries; F de Jong (Strootman 114′), de Roon (van de Beek 68′); Babel (Promes 68′), Wijnaldum, Bergwijn (Pröpper 90′); Depay.

England XI (4-3-3): Pickford; Chilwell, Maguire, Stones, Walker; Barkley, Rice (Alli 105′), Delph (Henderson 77′); Sancho (Lingard 61′), Rashford (Kane 45′), Sterling.

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85 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    It's FRIIIIDAAAAAY 🙂

    1. PDM (Top 1000) ANY Season L…
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Weekend ON = Booooooo 🙁

      1. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        Boooo indeed. I'll stop bragging about pizza and beer in a bit then.

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Off to the pub. New Pizza place. The to Leeds for Golf in the rain tomorrow. More pub and probably more pizza.

      I need the prem back — getting withdrawals and filling the gap with pizza won't end well. #fitforsummer

    3. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Not everywhere. Blatant discrimination.

    4. The One True Marvin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      It'll soon be Monday.

    5. Lord Tachanka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      IIIIIIIITTTTTTTT’SSSSSSSS SSSSSSAAAATTTTUUUURRRRRDDDDAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!

      1. The One True Marvin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        It'll be Monday even sooner.

  2. Gravless are for Kinnear
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    English players need to be taught how to hoof the ball. Back to 4-4-2 and get the basics right.

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Thing is - they moved to 442 before the second and third goals.

      Stones has learned nothing. Pulled the same stunts in front of the Glawdys St. end. Daft.

    2. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      They need to stick to a sport they are good at which could be a challenge

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        Cheese rolling.

      2. Gravless are for Kinnear
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        Going abroad and causing disruption

        1. Jordan.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 17 days ago

          world champions

    1. The One True Marvin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Interesting stuff. However I personally can't stand international football and the way England fans behave is a big part of why. They almost invariably bring shame on the country in my opinion.

      1. Make America Greta Again
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        International football is like a comfortable old cardigan, poor quality, something to
        wear by the fire. It's more the lunacy of the player ratings that gets me, England players rated above the Dutch. But like when the legendary ex Ireland International Lawro asked how many of the Germans would get in our team (England), 1 maybe, before a 5:1 defeat!

        1. The One True Marvin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 17 days ago

          I've never known a cardigan to push people into canals or urinate on locals.

  3. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Ozil = thoroughly decent bloke.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48554743

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Nice gesture. Being a decent bloke is probably what attracted his hot gf too right 😉

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        "Amine and I will bear the expenses for surgeries of 1,000 children in need"

        I'm pretty sure she won't be paying, so it should be..

        "I will bear the expenses for surgeries of 1,000 children in need"

    2. PAL
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      🙂

  4. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Nice goal (just in case I’m not the only one watching)

    1. MeatPieSausageRoll
        4 months, 17 days ago

        No football on tonight bro

      • Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        Did the Koreans all use the same bowl for their haircut?

        1. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 17 days ago

          😀

      • Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        6’1” VVD lookalike scores header against S Korea non shocker 😀

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 17 days ago

          I was literally just thinking she reminds me of VvD. Not just looks but her whole demeanour.

          1. Wild Rover
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 17 days ago

            And again lol

    2. Unai Emery
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Last years, I remember it was a fantasy game for Euro u21 too.

    3. Roten Teufel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 17 days ago

      Hazard deal is done apparently.

      1. Diva
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 17 days ago

        Hooray!

    4. MeatPieSausageRoll
        4 months, 17 days ago

        Hazard to Real confirmed. Welcome Eden 😎

        1. Lord Tachanka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 17 days ago

          You’re a Real Madrid fan as well as Man U?

          Do you also support Bayern by any chance? Maybe Celtic as well? The New York Yankee’s? Oh, and the New England Patriots?

          1. MeatPieSausageRoll
              4 months, 17 days ago

              Bayern suck and so do Yankees and Patriots. I dont know what Celtic are

              1. Jarvish Scott Talent
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 17 days ago

                Boston Celtic

                1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                    4 months, 17 days ago

                    They aint great bro

              2. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 17 days ago

                Hes not a fan of anyone except Manchester City or Liverpool.

                1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                    4 months, 17 days ago

                    I could point to Manchester on a map, automatically making me a better Utd fan than you.

                    1. Brosstan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 17 days ago

                      I dont know if people are stupid or just humoring you; anyone should understand by now that you are a bad and tedious troll.

                      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                          4 months, 17 days ago

                          I actually cant tell if youre a troll or just genuinely stupid so hats off to you if its the former! If its the latter... sorry I guess

                          1. Brosstan
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            4 months, 17 days ago

                            Youre clearly not a United supporter. You posted earlier in the season that "I will be switching to City from now on" after the derby. Its completely obvious at this point.

                            1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                                4 months, 17 days ago

                                Lol I absolutely did not say that. You are making stuff up

                                1. Brosstan
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  4 months, 17 days ago

                                  Too bad its not possible to look back at poster histories further than 30 days...

                                  1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                                      4 months, 17 days ago

                                      Very convenient for your purposes though

                                      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                                          4 months, 17 days ago

                                          Youre my 1st ever groupie

                    2. Ole Trafford
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 17 days ago

                      Madrid sign Hazard on a five year contract confirmed

                      1. RedLightning
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 9 Years
                        4 months, 17 days ago

                        (Subject to a medical).

                    3. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 17 days ago

                      Any news on Hazard?

                      1. FPL Pillars
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 17 days ago

                        The three posts before this mention nothing... no sorry 🙂

                    4. Gav's Gunners
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 17 days ago

                      To Hazard or not to Hazard, That's another premium player headache solved

                    5. FPL Pillars
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 17 days ago

                      Goodbye Hazard, thanks for the great service to the prem and ff!

                    6. Luka - Man Like Serbia
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 17 days ago

                      Gooooal Højbjerg! Denmark 1-0 Republic of Ireland 🙂

                    7. Roten Teufel
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 17 days ago

                      Goal Duffy! 1-1

                      1. UnitedFan
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 17 days ago

                        Good result for us away to them.

                        1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                            4 months, 17 days ago

                            Who were we playing?

                            1. UnitedFan
                              • 4 Years
                              4 months, 17 days ago

                              Denmark ^

                      2. Ole Trafford
                        • 6 Years
                        4 months, 17 days ago

                        Duffy TC’ers unite

                      3. -GK22-
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        4 months, 17 days ago

                        Rejoice for no Hazard troll next season!!

                        1. Wild Rover
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          4 months, 17 days ago

                          Sorry to see him go. I want to see all the best players in the Prem and he is definitely one of the best

                        2. Lord Tachanka
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 17 days ago

                          Another will rise, I predict that Kane will take the crown!

                          1. Scratch
                            • 10 Years
                            4 months, 17 days ago

                            Apples and oranges. Hazard is the best dribbler in the world alongside Messi.
                            Nobody in the PL even comes close when it comes to beating a player for skill. Sane, Zaha they're not in his league

                            1. Debauchy
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              4 months, 17 days ago

                              This , the closest to Messi I have seen

                      4. korbendallas82
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        4 months, 17 days ago

                        2 goals by Renard, and clean sheet. Ok start for my defence. Not many people compeding though. Under 2000 i think. Womens Worldcup fantasy. Yeah. Im aiming for top 10.000 this time.

                        1. bryant
                          • 5 Years
                          4 months, 17 days ago

                          Still got no idea how the scoring works

                        2. Diva
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          4 months, 17 days ago

                          21 points with 10 (inc. C) to come. I’ll take that.

                        3. Diva
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          4 months, 17 days ago

                          If Renard was your only player from the opening game, you have 23 from 1. Nice!

                        4. bryant
                          • 5 Years
                          4 months, 16 days ago

                          Majri and Henry were somehow right behind renard with 21 and 18 respectively I’m happy

                      5. Scratch
                        • 10 Years
                        4 months, 17 days ago

                        Erdogan is Ozil's best man at his wedding.

                        Well, that's the last time I ever stick up for Ozil.

                        1. Debauchy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          4 months, 17 days ago

                          Weird , guess he has no friends left in Germany

                      6. ToonToon88
                          4 months, 17 days ago

                          Does anyone know what date the new fpl season will be live?

                          1. Diva
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            4 months, 17 days ago

                            Likely early July.

                        • GreennRed
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          4 months, 17 days ago

                          They're starting to compare Duffy to McGrath and Dunne. He's good but will never get to that level.

                        • Kopkloppers
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          4 months, 17 days ago

                          14 hours same page. Must be a record

                          1. noquarternt
                            • 4 Years
                            4 months, 17 days ago

                            Nah, must've been a lot longer in June a few years back.

                            1. Diva
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              4 months, 16 days ago

                              Nope, there was a community here a few years back and pages passed quicker than this.

                              1. noquarternt
                                • 4 Years
                                4 months, 16 days ago

                                Yeah good point.

                                What's even happened to Mark? I don't see him post anymore. I don't know what's going on in his life of course but stepping away from the FPL Show and this site must've been a huge decision for him.

                        • noquarternt
                          • 4 Years
                          4 months, 17 days ago

                          With Hazard finally out of the picture, will Alonso go through the 300pt mark this season?

                          1. GUNNERINHO
                            • 6 Years
                            4 months, 17 days ago

                            Will Alonso stay at Chelsea ? Atletico Madrid chasing him.

                            1. noquarternt
                              • 4 Years
                              4 months, 16 days ago

                              They can't let their main threat go after losing Hazard. Surely.

                        • Colonel Shoe 肝池
                          • 8 Years
                          4 months, 17 days ago

                          so haz is going to get double his current sallery.......jesus h christ

                          1. thischarmingman
                            • 8 Years
                            4 months, 16 days ago

                            Celery

                        • Vardy McVAR Farce
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          4 months, 17 days ago

                          Is there a competition here to see who can best forecast next season's player prices?

                          1. 32chickens
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            4 months, 16 days ago

                            there will be ...
                            time to take a break and enjoy other sides of life.
                            why am I here?
                            just to renew membership at cheap rate.
                            seeya laters....