Football is just a game but it’s our game. And now it’s coming home, again


An old WISE sage once quipped that football is not a matter of life and death, it is more important than that.

In this year of years we know that is not true. The toughest battle is fought not in Three Lions white but in green medical scrubs and blue nurse tunics.

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Harry Kane is the captain of England as he attends Euro 2020. compete incredit: getty

Football is just a game but it is our sport. And now it’s coming home again.

A melodrama that has us gilded in ’66, Gaza’s Tears ’90, ’96 Dentist Chair and Pickford’s 2018 shootout save.

Now it’s summer for us. 2021 is your turn to unite this rainbow nation of ours and write history.

Wear your shirt with pride. Each of you is already a winner.

Fewer than 1,300 men have ever won a cherished England cap in history.

There will be difficulties on the way, but 56 crore of us are with you.

We’ll be there when you kick every ball. We’ll have a pat on your back when things go wrong.

Marcus Rashford is one of the team's many talented strikers

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Marcus Rashford is one of the team’s many talented strikerscredit: getty
Jack Grealish is part of the talented team competing to bring home the trophy

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Jack Grealish is part of the talented team competing to bring home the trophycredit: getty
Football crazy England will cheer for Raheem Sterling

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Football crazy England will cheer for Raheem Sterlingcredit: getty

In return you can give hope, unity and maybe some joy to this football-crazed nation.

It’s not a time for fun, it’s just a time for cheering.

Many years from now, let’s look back and say lovingly. . .

Whatever 2021 threw at the world, that summer brought out the best of us.

Wear your England shirt with pride as Mason Mount fights to write history

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Wear your England shirt with pride as Mason Mount fights to write historycredit: getty
Jordan Pickford was England's hero and helped the Three Lions win their first World Cup penalty shootout

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Jordan Pickford was England’s hero and helped the Three Lions win their first World Cup penalty shootoutcredit: getty
Gareth Southgate will lead the team to victory at Euro 2020

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Gareth Southgate will lead the team to victory at Euro 2020credit: getty
Will be there for the England team - even when things go wrong

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Will be there for the England team – even when things go wrongcredit: Rex

England fans hoist 400 flags for the home team ahead of Euro 2020

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