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In the United Kingdom, the England team is far from unanimous. On Sundays, the Northern Irish, Scots and Welsh prefer to support Italy rather than their “arrogant” neighbors for various reasons.
Old injuries, political disagreements or perceived arrogance of English fans: Many Welsh, Scottish or Northern Irish fans will favor Italy over England in the Euro-2021 final on Sunday 11 July
England rejoiced on Wednesday after their team’s first qualification to the final of a major tournament since 1966, with football fans in neighboring countries showing little enthusiasm, often claiming they were “no one but England”. can also please.
“Asking Wales fans to support England is like asking Everton fans to support Liverpool,” sports journalist Tom Williams said on Twitter.
Because England is “the great rival of Wales in terms of the game”, he recalls. “Yes, it’s a good team, with a good manager, but you can’t actively ‘support’ your competitors,” he notes.
According to an online survey by Good Morning Britain, 63% of supporters in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would support Italy.
The “arrogance” of the British
The root of this disillusionment lies in common reasons from one nation to another.
“Wales has suffered centuries of persecution from England, and Boris Johnson’s government only thinks of us,” said journalist Laura Kemp at regional outlet Wales Online.
“Without forgetting these ‘Neanderthals’, who break bars and places wherever they go,” he adds, referring to English supporters, their “arrogance” and “allowing themselves to do whatever they want.” “Let’s get annoyed with their ways.
The British response is that he is unfortunately judged by his most extreme supporters and that what is considered arrogance is actually a way of encouraging his team.
At the center of criticism was “Footballs Coming Home”, a song recorded for Euro 1996, often sung by English fans. A very arrogant formulation, critics point out, given England’s repeated failures at home in the 1966 World Cup since their coronation.
“Is football coming home? So England will own the game. I don’t think so,” former Scotland international Graeme Souness, Liverpool legend, wrote in The Times.
Has “football” ever come home? Have you already won?”, joked Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final between England and Denmark.
But the song by the band The Lightning Seeds actually contradicts the typical lyrics of staunch supporters, instead making fun of the blind optimism of English fans. It is a song “about a dream that never comes true, about past glory and missed opportunities,” BBC host Dan Walker explains on Twitter, adding that it is “a hope that, despite the pain, never goes away.” There is a song about “Jana”.
And… it was written specifically for Euro 96 which was a ‘domestic’ tournament!
how many jokes, how many ridicule
But they’re all oh-close
wear you down
through the years
Anyway… enjoy the game.
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) July 7, 2021
While the four nations are happy to support their common team when competing under one flag at the Olympics, their individual participation in football tournaments highlights the political and identity divide heightened by Brexit.
For three little peoples, England, with its 56 million inhabitants and the seat of central power, is a symbol of conservatism, colonial rule, and centuries of oppression.
Seeing Prime Minister Boris Johnson or Home Secretary Priti Patel wearing the England jersey “as they claim to represent the British government” Scottish TV presenter Stuart Cosgrove gritted his teeth, reassuring that “if Scotland had gone So they don’t do that much” so far in the tournament.
Despite everything, some supporters say they are impressed by a team that has taken a stand against racial or gender discrimination by taking a knee before their matches. And especially by attacker Marcus Rashford, who forced the British government to provide free school meals for poor students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ‘English’ imperialism that ‘people love to hate has nothing to do with the England team,’ Laura Kemp praising players who ‘challenge the establishment as well as those in Wales who have aristocracy’ enough for the privileges of the class’.