I think I am in a minority among football fans in that the fortunes of the national side, in my case, England – have always taken precedence over the club I support. This is probably due to the 1974 and 1978 World Cup tournaments not featuring them and feeling very sad that England missed out (also 1994).
There was also a time last year when I thought maybe these tournaments won’t be played again, so there’s that too.
It’s great to see it all happening again. I am 54 now and can’t really fathom why people younger than me expect England to win these things and are so very gutted when we don’t. I feel the same – but it really doesn’t last long. As Mr Kipling said, feelings of triumph and disaster are exceedingly short-lived emotions.
I didn’t see the Christian Eriksen incident but have been reading all about it today. Very relieved that he seems to be OK now – but he very nearly died on the pitch. You can see from the reactions of his teammates and the opposing players that this was stressful and it’s amazing that they decided to play on and finish the game, given the circumstances.
Another non-football thing that seems to taking on a life of its own is the England footballers taking the knee before games. I am really pleased that they are doing this. It is clear that it is something the players are 100% behind and it and they are not going to stop doing it. This example and the day-to-day actions of Marcus Rashford and others
in the England set up is a million miles away from how things used to be. Being an England footballer used to mean a new perm, golfing with Tarby and opening your own boutique.
I like this England team. They face the crowd and go down on one knee because it’s relevant to them, they want to do that before they play for their country. If this simple act causes your blood to boil in anger, perhaps find another team to support.