Alfie’s last World Cup podcast – Devastated at England’s defeat…

So the Three Lions crashed abysmally out of the World Cup to Croatia last night, despite taking the lead with their only shot on target of the whole 120 minutes.

Let Alfie describe his feelings after the game. FOOTBALL IS NOT COMING HOME!


  1. kev says:

    Croatia spared England from what could’ve possibly been a thrashing in the final.
    I hope Luka Modric is awarded after this tournament for his impressive display across the whole tournament.
    Now Croatia should go on and win it as I surely know luck is on their side.

    1. kev says:

      Ospina is close to joining Boca Juniors for £6m as Fenebarche cool their interest.
      They agreed personal terms with Ospina but have allowed Boca to come in stronger.Things may change but as at now Ospina is close to Boca.

      1. Alkali says:

        6m ? Why i’m I not surprised

  2. intfan says:

    I find it quite funny when UK people being so emotional about their team and be overly proud. Why? I mean come on, the only decent team you get since start of the campaign is Belgium and you lost to them. All goals are from set piece, half of the team are spursy. Do you guys really think it’s coming home with that below average team? You should feel lucky because you lost to Croatia. If you meet France, it would be a shame, the same we got on that 8 – 2 day.

    1. kev says:

      Don’t forget Belgium can still thrash them and if you ask me the Belgians formation went against them seriously in that match against France.

      1. Mobella says:

        With all the talk of their towering height and physicality they still got dominated physically by the Croatian and went a gear above England in extra time in spite of playing more minutes than them in ¼ final. Personally, i want Croatia to win because they play football the way i like it.

    2. gotanidea says:

      The Greeks got their title in Euro 2004 with similar tactics

      England’s three CB formation and strategy are good, but they lost the surprise factor after several matches and their technical skills are not as good as the other powerhouse football nation teams

      Therefore we saw many typical Premier League goals, the set piece goals. Getting to the semifinal alone is already a big achievement for England, especially with the less-hyped players (compared to Beckham, Scholes, Ferdinand, Lampard, Gerard)

      1. intfan says:

        The England team with Beck, Scholes, Gerard met the best Brazil team in the history. Who did this England team win against? Panama? Your team are damn average and the only reason you got to this semi final is because you played with teams like Panama, Tunisia,

        1. Eddie Hoyte says:

          Average players with no fight or technicalities.. You’re lucky you didn’t meet France like I’ve been warning y’all. You’d have suffered humiliation more than Arsenal has been suffering fr years now

          1. Kenny Rolfe says:

            Intfan, I agree with 90% of your post but Beck’s and co meeting the best Brazilian side in history? Did yoiu see the 1970 side or even the side from ’62 with a forward line of Garrincha, Didi, Vava, Pele and Zagallo.

          2. OzzieGunner says:


          3. jon fox says:

            I also find it odd how so many say such as “the best team in history” and then you find out they are aged 20 or 25. I am 68 and have no idea who were the best national team in history, for the simple reason I am not about 150 years old. Talk about over hype of words! I do , however rate the Brazil team of 1970 as the best national team I have ever seen. Football history started in Victorian times, so can all please remember that and use a little perspective when we hype various things as “the best ever.” I know many things in life in this era are far better than way back then, but unless you know for a fact, then why make yourself look silly and juvenile by claiming and saying so? Though I realise hype attracts some folk and the truth bores them!

          4. Kenny Rolfe says:

            Jon you make some good points but I think you can be assured that the game changed quite a bit for the better from the late fifties on wards. With softer boots , lighter balls and then later on better pitches. I watch as much football as possible from bygone eras and technically speaking the game improves every generation. what I’m really trying to say is that I think the best teams in the history of the game pretty much certainly come from the era that we’ve been watching. As much as I would like to say the teams from the thirties {because of Arsenal’s great success in that period} we’re better, I don’t think they we’re.

          5. Kenny Rolfe says:

            Friday 14-45 London Live, The Arsenal Stadium Mystery. Never tire of watching it.

          6. jon fox says:

            Kenny, Thanks for the film tip. Watched it many times and apart from our club connection it is a dire film, BUT Arsenal scenes make it unmissable. On your better since 1950s comment, I agree if we are talking purely about a modern team would beat an earlier one of supposed similar standing. I do think though that the Spurs double team of 1960-61 would give our Invincibles a close run , even over a full season, if both were competing next season in the Prem. Football was far more enjoyable, more honest, more really sporting and more close to fans , way back in the 60’s when I was regularly going home and away every week, than it is today, IMO. Top level football has been hijacked by corporations today and is the more nasty and cynical for it with fans paying the price in many ways, not ONLY financially either. It was a true SPORT back then. Huge, obscene money has tainted out national game, at top level. Perfect example is Alexis SANCHEZ.

          7. Andrew E says:

            Wise words Jon! I hate to admit it but I agree with your assessment of the Spurs 1960-61. I would also put the Don Revie Leeds side in the same bracket.

            When you see the disgraceful behaviour of Neymar and some of the other so-called superstars, one wonders where professional football is heading considering the example being set.

          8. Kenny Rolfe says:

            I can still remember being perched on the end of a crash barrier {the only way I could see}at the back of the North Bank watching that great Spurs side beat us 3-2 on a hot September day in 1960 with a late winner by Frank Saul. Even as a ten year old I could see the difference, how they slid the ball about with incredible accuracy. Also 60,000 crowd that day, 30,000 from each club mixed together, a handful of Policemen and not one bit of trouble. Hooliganism did not exist in those days, we all took defeats on the chin. Yes, as you said Jon, a different game in those day’s. Also agree with Andrew’s comments about that early seventies Leeds United side managed by Don Revie. A great side who could also mix it when required. That’s an understatement, Bremner and Hunter took no prisoners. The battles with Frank McClintock and Peter Simpson were legendary. How d’you think Norman Hunter would have reacted to Neymar’s antics Andrew?

          9. intfan says:

            Jon is always proud because he is an old man and never stop saying he is 60 years old. But his comment is just like from a child I’m afraid. Football teams in history cannot beat modern teams because of many reasons, especially because of poor tactics, poor defenders, poor football science and fitness. Other sports also got records being broken year by year for the same reasons.

  3. Roy says:

    Croatia 2 Spuds 1 To many spuds in the England team who are habitual runners up if they are lucky.Oh and Claims Guy. Rep. Kane unable to claim any.

    1. Mobella says:

      It is not about spud. How many of spud players are in the first 11 compare to other clubs. Spud3, manu2, mancity3 pool1. Though they end up having 5 players before the end of the match. Don’t let us hate on them because southgate being an ass.

  4. ThirdManJW says:

    How bad was Rashford when he came on, and for the whole tournament. Mourinho gets so much flak for not playing more, but he’s just another Welbeck!

  5. LENOhappy says:

    The way the so called England legend and pundits are congratulating the spuds player,you will think they were already the winner,average team with and average spuds players

  6. Kenny Rolfe says:

    Why is everybody getting carried away with the hype surrounding the England football team. No better than past England sides, the only reason we reached the semi’s was because we had the easiest draw in the history of the World Cup. Panama, would struggle in the National League and Tunisia would struggle in League 2, we then lost to Belgium reserves. Then went on to beat two below average sides, one on penalties. As for the side, full of Tottenham players and northerners. I definitely will not have any sleepless night due to elimination

    1. Sue says:

      ? agreed! England are so average, I’d never pay to watch them!

      1. Andrew E says:

        I agree with most of Kenny Rolfe’s points. The team have been seriously overrated by the pundits to the extent that they actually believe that they are on the verge of greatness (Ferdinand and Shearer’s comments after the match) and that Southgate is the best England manager since Alf Ramsey (check his record with the under 21’s).

        We have to face facts, we do not have a Griezemann, Hazard, De Bruyne or an Mbappe in our squad. Harry Kane had a stinker but he is a great finisher but Dele Alli has always been overrated and he believes all the hype from the media especially from that Ozil hating moron Adrian Durham.

  7. highbury44 says:

    England got what they deserved.So overrated it was embarrassing.

      1. Andrew E says:

        Can you imagine England winning it, Sir Harry Kane, Sir Dele Alli, Sir Eric Dier etc. etc. It’s what nightmares are made of!!!

        1. Sue says:

          Oh that’d be terrible Andrew!! ???

  8. Sue says:

    Mr Arsenal was right all along about the spud bottlers…. and all the grief he took for saying it!!

  9. jon fox says:

    Having watched no WC games at all, by choice (as it was a corruptly awarded comp by a corrupt organisation in FIFA to a corrupt government in Putin and his fellow gangsters) I have been kept well informed almost every second by my friends and some family members about what happened. I am glad England did so well, and made OUR great country proud(not that we needed to, as many are already, rightly, proud of our free country, even with all it’s faults, which all countries across the globe will always have). HOWEVER, as I am on this site to converse about things Arsenal (not England) I am relieved the WC is almost over. PERHAPS THEN, ALFIE, we can return to Arsenal matters !

  10. kumssa says:

    look at piers organ trashing spurs players when it has nothing to do with the loss wat an ass!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Sue says:

      He always trashes the spuds…. good on him!

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        I’ve had many conversations with Piers outside the old main entrance at Highbury. Full blast Gooner and a gentleman

        1. Sue says:

          I like him Kenny… he’s hilarious & I love his passion for AFC

  11. the gunners says:

    Tactical speaking was England ever a stand out performer in this world cup. I dont think so. Average team very much way much overrated now comparing them too Germany 2010 team also very unrealistic comparing. I blame English media for English football not growing always overating players for example stones was the best defender in epl when just signed for mancity example Harry kane good goalscorer but didn’t deserve all the game time he got in this world cup top goal scorer 6 goals only 1 scored in open play which a under6 player should score. And still English media ratings him the best missing a simple tap in i can’t call him world class. Tell me if i am wrong

  12. GiddyOla says:

    Back to the matter -Arsenal- now that the Three Lions have been humbled. Can’t wait for the Boreham game

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