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.
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.
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.