Last World Cup we had a locust land on James Rodriguez.
Then during Euro 2016 there was the butterfly on Cristiano Ronaldo.
Now, could we be seeing flies interfering with Jordan Pickford?
England take on Tunisia in Volgograd this evening, and there’s a genuine fear that flies could play a massive part in the game.
In a bit of an oversight of fans and officials (and journalists) alike, seemingly no-one has realised that Volgograd in the summer equals a motherlode of midges and flies.
Throughout today I have been attacked by dozens of flies wherever we’ve been inside the town centre, and around the Volgograd stadium is badly affected.
Whilst outside of the city is largely unaffected, the town centre and stadium, which stands next to the Volga river, have seen vast swarms of flies, causing Sky Sports News to cancel interviews and football fans without repellent to swear loudly at the midges and mosquitoes.
After the gaffes of previous England keepers in World Cup matches, Rob Green we’re looking at you, at least if Pickford drops a clanger he can blame the biblical invasion of flying beasts.
Will it impact tonight’s outcome? Let’s hope not – otherwise we’d have to add ‘loads of flies’ to the list of reasons why England have under-performed on the international stage.
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