"I don't know whether you've heard it – it's just a rumour". This was an England supporter in Moscow recently talking on BBC Radio 5 Live, alongside an unsuspecting fan of a rival World Cup team. "Rumour?" he is asked, with genuine interest. "Yeah, it's coming home. Football, and this World Cup. They're coming home". Cue howls of supportive laughter from his fellow England fans and bafflement from the rival supporter, who promptly wandered off for coffee in a nearby bar."Coming home": for the England faithful the phrase is meant to work on a number of levels. First and foremost, it is a claim to the invention of modern football. The Scots still insist that they're the true architects of the beautiful game, and to this day sports historians and others argue over whether it was in fact started by working classes in northern England or public schools in the south.But fair enough, Brits shaped the modern game. This sceptred isle produced the first written laws, the first national … [Read more...] about England fans sing ‘football’s coming home’ – but where is ‘home’ really?
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Last week, Sports Shorts considered the genesis of home grown player requirements within European football and the current requirements that are in place in both the English Football League (“EFL”) and the English Premier League (“EPL”).In this second instalment, we discuss whether or not the requirement to name home grown players in match day squads is an effective means of developing elite English-qualified talent and providing them with sufficient opportunities in first team football. Why have the EFL implemented changes to its home grown player regime?The forthcoming changes to the EFL Rules and Regulations form part of the EFL’s wider strategy of revitalising the fortunes of the England national team.In May 2014, then FA Chairman Greg Dyke published his England Commission report (“Commission Report”), which sought to identify and address the causes of the Three Lions’ decline on the international stage.One … [Read more...] about Part Two – Home Grown Player requirements in English football and the introduction of “club-developed” players
Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator, has mocked England’s chances in the World Cup after Nigel Farage claimed that Belgium was not a real country in an inflammatory speech in Brussels. Mr Farage, the former leader of Ukip, told Charles Michel, the Belgian prime minister of Belgium, that Belgium only supported the EU because it was “an artificial nation” during a European Parliament debate. “Belgium is not a nation, it's an artificial creation,” he told an incredulous, laughing Mr Michel. Mr Verhoftstadt, a former prime minister of Belgium himself, used Twitter to raise the prospect of the Belgian national football team thrashing England in their upcoming World Cup group... Register or log in to view this and other Politics articles. It's free and easy to do. Join regular debates with our journalists by commenting on articles Sign up to exclusive newsletters that give you the inside track on Westminster and … [Read more...] about Guy Verhofstadt mocks England’s World Cup hopes after Nigel Farage says Belgium is not a real country
The UK should have an extra bank holiday whenever one of the home nations' football teams reaches the final of the World Cup, the shadow foreign secretary has said. Emily Thornberry was famously sacked from the Labour front bench in 2014 for a tweet apparently sneering at a white van driver's display of the cross of St George on his house months after the last World Cup.READ THIS: The funniest reactions to England’s last gasp World Cup win But she sought to repair relations with the nation's fans by offering the prospect of a day off to nurse hangovers the morning after an appearance by England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland in the final game of the tournament.And she called on the Royal Mail to "reconsider" its decision to ban postmen from flying the flag on their vans.She admitted she was not herself a fan of the game - and proved her point by going on to suggest the World Cup came round "every five years" - but insisted she did not think there was anything wrong with … [Read more...] about Bank holiday if home nation reaches World Cup final
Theresa May wants to hold a Downing Street reception for the heroic England team, despite one football legend accusing politicians of jumping on the bandwagon. The prime minister's spokeswoman revealed after the semi-final defeat by Croatia that Downing Street officials plan to talk to the Football Association about making the arrangements."We would certainly like to host a reception for the England football team, who did so well in Russia," the spokewoman announced in response to questions from journalists.The invitation from Number 10 came just hours after former England captain Gary Lineker accused former foreign secretary Boris Johnson of wanting to bask in the glory of the England team.After England's semi-final defeat, the PM tweeted: "Wasn't to be this time but it's been a great journey that's made the country proud. We'll be flying the flag on Saturday. #ThreeLions #CROENGAnd Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: "A heartbreaking way to go out but won't forget what a great tournament it's … [Read more...] about May wants to welcome England team to Downing Street after World Cup heroics