Talk and Beans: World Cup 2018 (Predictions)

Episode #52 of Talk and Beans is the World Cup 2018 predictions special. Scott and Tom are joined by Dan to go through their favourite kits, thoughts on the current England squad and their chances as well as predicting the entire tournament bracket to see who comes out as World Cup Champions at the end of the 2018 tournament in Russia.

Plus, Top players that are missing out, World Cup hype and more!

Check out more Football content from Rebellious Noise including this video of Talk and Beans guest Dan going through Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

VIDEO: Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup 2018 Squad

Gareth Southgate has picked his 23 man squad that will travel to Russia for the 2018 World Cup and Dan is here to compare the differences between his own picks and the England manager’s. There are plenty of talking points about the England team chosen to head to the World Cup including the big decisions to leave out Jack Wilshere, Jojno Shelvey and Joe Hart in favour of younger and less experienced talent such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Nick Pope. Who will be England’s number one? Is there enough balance of veteran experience and youth? We will find out this summer in Russia.

You can find more football content on RebNoise.com and on our YouTube channel so don’t forget to subscribe! Dan will also be joining the Talk and Beans boys with World Cup podcast specials this year and don’t forget to check out more from Rebellious Noise on all of our Social outlets.

The tournament kicks off on June 14th with the final being played on July 15th. The Talk and Beans Podcast are expected to bring you another lighthearted football podcast with their World Cup episode(s), just like the Euro 2016 episode last year which you can find on iTunes and on Soundcloud.

Rooney Retires from England Duty – Defending England’s All Time Leading Scorer

When the news broke today about Wayne Rooney ending his International career at the age of just 31, I for one, was in shock. Many have claimed Rooney hasn’t been the same player over the last few years, but I want to look at things from a different perspective.

Rooney totalled 253 goals in the 559 games he played in all competitions for Manchester United, giving him a goal ratio of approx 1 goal in every 2.2 games. Not a bad return. His England record was pretty much identical. Any other player, people would be raving at that record, but for some reason, people seem to be super critical of Rooney. Is he a bad striker? No. Has he played in a bad team? No. Is he a goal poacher, ala Ruud van Nistelrooy/Raul/Ronaldo (Brazilian)? No. Wayne Rooney has always worked tirelessly and selflessly for everyone else around him, supporting team mates with some world class passes and through balls (101 assists to his name I may add). I’ve watched games where he’s played up top as a ‘Number 9’ and he’s been busting a gut to get back and help out his full backs. But he would still be in the right place, when the ball came to him to put it in the back of the net.

Love him or loathe him, his records speak for themselves. You don’t become Manchester United’s all time leading goalscorer if you’re a bad player. Likewise, you don’t become England’s all time leading goalscorer if you’re a bad player. But for some reason people seem to think Rooney is that. Yes, admittedly, some of the teams he scored against weren’t the best, but he didn’t choose to be selected for those games. His managers chose him, to do a job… Score goals, and that he did! You cannot criticise a striker for scoring goals. He had his fare share of big match goals too, scoring on big occasions for Man United in Europe, in Title winning seasons, and in cup finals. He always rose to the occasion, and rightfully wrote his name into history.

Let’s put things into perspective here, Alan Shearer has 260 Premier League goals, there is only one other player who has scored 200, guess who… Rooney! Because, he is one of the best players of his generation. There is no question about it.

Rooney has drifted away on occasions too, the major tournaments with England weren’t his strong point, and unfairly, that’s what most football fans are going to judge him on with a return of only 5 goals from major international tournaments. They forget the amount of times Rooney has dug England out of a hole in tricky qualifying games to actually get us to the major tournaments. Another interesting stat about Rooney, is although his Man United record was pretty poor, he actually had a 100% record from the penalty spot for England. Something that not many Englishmen can boast about.

But as his international career draws to a close, his playing days seem like they are far from over, he is a reinvigorated figure under Ronald Koeman at the club where he burst onto the scene back in 2004 as a 16-year-old, Everton, and looks to have flown out of the traps this season with the two goals needed to notch 200. Ironically, at The Etihad, against Man City, where he also scored his 50th and 150th.

I had the pleasure of seeing Rooney score two of his 53 England goals live and in person, and on that day, he was different class.

Wayne Rooney has won everything domestically there is to win with no fewer than 5 Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup, 3 League Cups, 4 Community Shields,  1 Champions League, 1 Europa League and 1 Club World Cup.

Thank You very much Wayne Rooney for everything you did for England (and Man United). Best of luck at Everton, and long may it continue… Alan Shearer, he’s coming for you.

Sam Allardyce officially steps down as England manager

After just 67 days the England national football team is without a manager again. Sam Allardyce had been appointed after Roy Hodgson stepped down after England’s embarrassing exit in Euro 2016.

The job started so well for ‘Big Sam‘, who won his first and now only ever game in charge with a 1-0 over Slovakia in the World Cup Qualifiers.

Although, Allardyce won’t be best remembered for his 100% record but more so for the dramatic reasons behind his exit. The veteran manager was caught out by reporters of The Daily Telegraph who were posing as businessmen, after Sam offered them advice on how to “get around” transfer rules. The newspaper have since said the following about their investigation “We began looking into corruption in English football last year after receiving information about specific managers, officials and agents – before Allardyce was appointed England manager”. Negative comments were also recorded from the meeting that were aimed at the man that Allardyce had replaced, Roy Hodgson as well as Prince William and Prince Harry.

Sam Allardyce offered to step down as England manager to the Football Association, who have since publically called his actions “inappropriate”. The FA have now got the task of replacing him and therefore possibly sticking with whoever was the second choice for the job before they appointed Sam. It’s an interesting time for football in general, with corruption at FIFA making headlines over recent years and investigations like these to see how corrupted the sport is in this country is also as far as transfers and business dealings.

The now unemployed manager was asked by reporters wether or not this would be his last management job in football, to which Sam replied “Who knows? We’ll wait and see.”