Opinion: A look at the issues of today
PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 June 2018
Deja vu as World Cup draws me in again
It’s happened again. I start the World Cup reminding people that I am not into football and I don’t really see the point in getting into it for a few months.
I will tell anyone that I am not interested in what a bunch of overpaid blokes get up to while their other halves are worrying about how they look on camera.
I eschew the games and enjoy the peace and quiet.
That’s until something happens. I now realise my claims of not liking football are based on fear. I think we won’t do well.
When the tournament starts I remember all of the past competitions that started with us singing, “It’s coming home. It’s coming home. Football’s coming home,” and ended with the team doing exactly that early.
The 6-1 over Panama was the tipping point this time.
Seeing such a score makes us think, “Maybe this is the one.”
We need another World Cup title. It would finally change the chant that all supporters use. There are two ways to change that chant, either another World Cup or winning another World War and I know what I’d rather live through.
A 6-1 win really buoys the spirits because that’s no ordinary win.
It’s such a decisive one it makes us wish we could make it 4-1 and carry 2 in credit in case we need them later.
Then I remember, I have been here before.
Every time the England squad go away they know some of us fear the failure and they work hard to make us believe again.
And as soon as we believe that’s when they stop trying.