Frankly somewhat disappointed in all of you, here we have a national football team playing their first match in the biggest football competition in the world and not a mention of the fact on these boards, in fact it takes a 60-70% Scotsman to even raise the issue. I appreciate the press have been slightly more low key re expectations, but no mentions at all, none!!
I say 60-70% Scotsman as I have always thought there ought to be a proper formula to define the percentage of being Scottish/English/Irish/Welsh (accountants really are a right pain, they want certainties).
To explain I had a father who was English although not born in England but in an army hospital in Cairo to English parents (I am therefore eligible to support Mo and Egypt), he first came to England age 2 (Catterick, but doubt that qualified him to play for Yorkshire) and his father was then posted up to Scotland when my dad was 4. All my father’s schooling was in Scotland, his first degree was in England, his war service was in England and his second degree was in Scotland, he then lived and worked the rest of his life in Scotland. So, he appears to have been English with Scottish influences, or as he described himself, North British. And then I had a mother whose father and mother are certainly very Scottish, the male line stretching back to shepherds from North of Rannoch and carrying the name of the Clan most responsible for the 45 rebellion kicking off (sorry about that.)
So, based on the above I ought to have had both national team selectors hammering on my door after the 70th Haymarket reached the final of the Edinburgh seven a sides all these years ago, my resolute defending on the right being akin to Graeme Souness on his Scottish league debut for Rangers at Easter Road, just without his subtlety.
Anyway setting aside my 60-70% for this evening , I suspect I will also persuade one of the children to support England with me; this was so much easier when my daughter was in love with the Chelsea trio of Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and John Terry- as a concerned father I tried to put her off John but he kept turning up even when not expected.
We will possibly either suffer like the rest of you through a turgid 1-1 or have our hopes raised by a great England’s performance only to have them later dashed in a penalty shoot out once they reach the knock out stage, the England modus operandi (The Scottish one being to have all hopes dashed much earlier during the qualification process- a form of national euthanasia)
So, can the English team kindle a spark of ingenuity to work out a different way to leave a tournament, or does perpetual groundhog day now beckon?
p.s. If Scotland were there business would be stopping today at about 3-4 to ensure we could all get to the pubs in time for the game, something is wrong, you just do not appear to be taking this football lark seriously enough.