View Full Version : Mark Lawrenson - optimist or halfwit

09-06-2014, 12:19 PM
From his newspaper column
How many players in the Italy side would get into our England World Cup first team?

I wouldn’t take any of them

09-06-2014, 12:26 PM
More to the point how many would get into the Republic of Ireland's first team

09-06-2014, 12:27 PM
This is the Italiy World Cup squad by the way


Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Mattia Perin (Genoa)
Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain)


Ignazio Abate (Milan)
Andrea Barzagli (Juventus)
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
Matteo Darmian (Torino)
Mattia De Sciglio (Milan)
Gabriel Paletta (Parma)


Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina)
Antonio Candreva (Lazio)
Daniele De Rossi (Roma)
Claudio Marchisio (Juventus)
Marco Parolo (Parma)
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)
Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain)
Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain)


Mario Balotelli (Milan)
Antonio Cassano (Parma)
Alessio Cerci (Torino)
Ciro Immobile (Torino)
Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli)

09-06-2014, 12:30 PM
A few would get in, but I don't think Italy are quite as good these days.

A draw in that first game on Sat is like buying money, I'd say.

09-06-2014, 12:32 PM
I look forward to everybody raving about Darmian after the Saturday game.

Lawrenson is a prick. I bet he's not watched a Serie A game in 15 years.

09-06-2014, 12:35 PM
Certainly wouldn't want to see the likes of Pirlo in an England shirt.
Controlling the ball and picking passes, no chance.

09-06-2014, 12:48 PM

I'd take a good few of their players, actually.

Agree with Spunky about the game. It's got a draw written all over it. 1-1.

09-06-2014, 12:53 PM
i'd award them the world cup just for looking ridiculously sharp.

09-06-2014, 05:08 PM
Interesting that only 3 of their squad play outside Italy.

The Bedlington Terrier
09-06-2014, 06:13 PM
Halfwit! End of!

09-06-2014, 06:16 PM
Terry F***wit.

Ted Downing-Street
09-06-2014, 07:45 PM
I wouldn't have Immobile in our team tbf.

I believe he lacks pace.

09-06-2014, 08:48 PM
Italy's away kit is a thing of beauty.

Funnily enough Andy Townsend also said Italy were nothing special. Can't help but be reminded of the famous Jonathan Swift (mis)quote about dunces.

09-06-2014, 09:16 PM
That doesn't sound like Townsend enola?

Or did he say Italy are in and around nothing special?

09-06-2014, 09:24 PM
It's just his opinion for goodness sake.

Does an ex footballer who has won 5 first division winners medals, 1 European Cup winners medal, 1 FA Cup winners medal and 3 League Cup winners medals know more about it than you?

Not really, it's still just his opinion.

09-06-2014, 09:31 PM
I'm afraid he doesn't know more than me BOT. ;)

09-06-2014, 09:38 PM
Italy are not as good as usual, but here would be my England and Italy XI

Abate Chiellini Barzagli Baines
Candreva De Rossi Pirlo Lallana
Immobile Sturridge

09-06-2014, 09:38 PM
No one knows more than you DiBranchio.

Anyway, how are you getting on with finding hats that fit? ;D

09-06-2014, 09:43 PM
I don't know what you mean BOT. B)

09-06-2014, 10:46 PM
Ciro Immobile insn't a pseudonym for Chris Iwelumo by chance is it :D