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It’s coming home

Just to make sure I never dreamt it, I woke and overdosed on video clips of delirious Englishmen and women this morning. It happened didn’t it. It’s coming home.

Our office is shut today, it’s Independence Day somewhere, so bleary eyed I put the TV on, and the American news shows talked that whilst the English lost 242 years ago, we won a World Cup match last night. Sorry, American friends, it is much more than that.

The game was a scrap, a nasty affair against a cheating and loathsome Colombia side led by the odious Falcao, but to a young man, the English players stood firm and calm against every kick in the calf, push in the back and scream in their faces. Stones and Maguire were immense. Kane pastoral. Trippier unruffled. Henderson defiant. Pickford a superstar. That save before the corner before their equalizer mustn’t be lost in the noise because it was a thing of beauty.

For once when the towering Mina headed an injury time equalizer, and extra time flew by in a matter of seconds with Danny Rose almost winning it, the script was not written, but a new one was. Not the inevitable failure, but the glorious scene of an Englishmen scoring the last penalty and a sea of red shirts (like a certain team in 1998) sprinting down the pitch screaming.

It’s coming home isn’t it.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Alan Oakes California Addick #

    Shhhhhhh:) What I have liked is that we all had probably no expectations so there wasn’t any of this over the top hype in the press, tv…Let’s all fear the worst and just maybe….

    But the best World Cup by far in my opinion for a long long time…

    July 4, 2018
    • Alan, It has been fantastic. Not sure if it betters Italia 90 yet, and my obsession with Argentina 78, but I’m loving it, and of course helped by Southgate and a young England thankfully bereft of any hype.

      July 4, 2018
  2. Raymond Bordch #

    we have a great chance,but wont always get away with giving the ball away at the back,Agree probably best world cup ever,and am so pleased for the Russian people.I am a regular visitor to Russia,and believe me these people ,forget the outwardly dour appearance ,are the most sociable and hospitable you will ever meet..

    July 4, 2018
  3. Raymond, Russia has been amazing. From not wanting to be anywhere near it, I wish so much I could be out there to witness how fabulous the noise and stadiums have been. As an advocate of the country, you should be very proud.

    July 4, 2018
  4. Yes, unfortunately to RUSSIA and it would not surprise me. What a WC the best in many generations. Come on England, but they still need to improve & Columbia got what they deserved. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING and the same as the Spanish too.

    July 4, 2018

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