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MATCH CHAT AND PRE-MATCH CHAT

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England Squad: Joe Hart, David James, Robert Green, Wayne Bridge, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jagielka, Glenn Johnson, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Luke Young, Gareth Barry, David Beckham, Michael Carrick, Stewart Downing, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Ashley Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Carlton Cole, Wayne Rooney, Emile Heskey

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Spain squad:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool).

Defenders: Raul Albiol (Valencia), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Alvaro Arbeloa (Liverpool), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Juan Gutierrez (Real Betis), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Liverpool), Albert Riera (Liverpool), Sergi Busquets (Barcelona), Santiago Cazorla (Villarreal), Marcos Senna (Villarreal), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), David Silva (Valencia).

Forwards: Daniel Guiza (Fenerbahce), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao ), Fernando Torres (Liverpool), David Villa (Valencia).

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I can understand international friendlies during the season, how else would the player get a chance to play together.

They would get maybe 3/4 days training and then a competitive match without friendlies. Also how else would squad players get a chance to show what they can do.

Despite the criticism they get, i think these friendlies play a big role in international football. I know England havnt done much for 'a while', but without these friendlies we would see 11 unfamiliar faces running round not knowing how each other play.

Only way around this would be to field an entire team from one club, which is hardly going to happen considering most teams dont even have 11 English players in their whole club including academies.

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I can understand international friendlies during the season, how else would the player get a chance to play together.

They would get maybe 3/4 days training and then a competitive match without friendlies. Also how else would squad players get a chance to show what they can do.

Despite the criticism they get, i think these friendlies play a big role in international football. I know England havnt done much for 'a while', but without these friendlies we would see 11 unfamiliar faces running round not knowing how each other play.

Only way around this would be to field an entire team from one club, which is hardly going to happen considering most teams dont even have 11 English players in their whole club including academies.

Cough Cough Karl One Club does

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But not strong enough as you keep saying yourself Steve. I dont think this game is really about the result, its more about the performance and England showing just what they are capable of doing. If Fernando Torres plays a full game i will be very surprised considering how tired he looks right now.

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