With the FIFA World Cup having started and England playing their first game this evening, you can’t just help but admire the way in which there’s been absolutely no build up in England about the competition. Normally, the flags are out, there’s a few themed songs in the charts, merchandising goes mad, but not this time.
Have we, as a nation, decided that we’re just not up to it anymore? Recently, I read an argument that actually blamed the 1966 win as having ruined the game. Football pandits, will undoubtedly need to weigh in, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s good that we have lessened our expectations as time and time again we have been let down.
I’m not saying that I won’t be watching the beautiful game, or cheering England on. It’s just that as a fan, I’ve come to understand that on their day, any of the competing teams can have their day.
Good luck England! Praying for you.