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England’s success is making some Premier League fans question everything they ever knew

Football has the power to unite and England's run to the World Cup semi-finals has caused some supporters of Premier League clubs to set their differences aside

Football, eh?

There really is nothing like it.

It has the capacity to divide like no other sport or competition, but in the last month fans of Premier League clubs have gone on an existential journey they never expected to take.


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The bread and butter of the Premier League

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The bread and butter of the Premier League

Six weeks ago 95% of top flight supporters were enjoying the schadenfreude of Liverpool’s defeat in the Champions League final.

The ferocity and bitterness of the rivalry between some sets of fans is what makes the Premier League so compelling.

But England’s captivating run to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years has caused many fans to put their differences aside.

Because 23 players – many of who are some of the most divisive names in English football – and a progressive young manager have managed to unify the country under one single cause.

We have Arsenal fans celebrating Spurs stars scoring iconic winning penalties and quarter-final goals without a trace of guilt.

Dier straits for some Arsenal fans

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Dier straits for some Arsenal fans

The white half of north London have provided three regular starters and Eric Dier, who clinched England’s first ever shootout win at a World Cup.

Then you look at the Jordan Henderson critics.

Southgate’s go-to man

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Southgate’s go-to man

The ‘sideways pass merchant’ has now become absolutely integral to Gareth Southgate’s side, so much so that some fans are losing their minds over his tight hamstring ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final with Croatia.

Then there’s Jesse Lingard.

Before the madness started unfolding in Russia many fans – myself included – viewed him as that annoying brat whose performances didn’t justify his extroverted celebrations.

Show pony?

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Show pony?

How times change?

You’ve now got fans of Man United’s arch rivals practising his dance moves in the mirror and working out where to get his ‘JLingz’ trademark tattoo inked on their bodies.

It might well be temporary. It’s probably all impulsive and short lived.

But this summer will go down as one of the strangest emotional rollercoasters for some Premier League fans who are questioning everything they’ve ever believed before.

Oh and by the way the new season starts in 34 days…