It’s a new dawn… It’s a new day… And I’m feeling good.
June 27th was the date when belief in the Three Lions (and our nation as a whole) hit rock bottom.
The United Kingdom prepared to leave the Europe, and the English football team decided to followed suit.
Iceland, the smallest nation at Euro 2016, dumped England out of the competition in a way that left fans ripping St George’s flags off the outside of their houses.
Fat Les didn’t even break the top 20, and the rest of Europe had their laughing stock.
We had a first XI not welcome home and a manager who had prepared his resignation speech before the game.
Essentially, a shambles.
It’s amazing what 839 days can do…
While our political representatives still resemble headless chickens, the football team have restored some hope.
Despite a drab 0-0 behind closed doors in Croatia, last night’s 3-2 win over the Spanish has reignited the mid-summer dream.
Watching Eric Dier’s assault on Sergio Ramos, you couldn’t help but hum ‘Rule Brittania’, in your mind at least.
For as long as England fans can remember, we have resented players from rival clubs.
John Terry, Ashley Cole, Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard were all associated with club before country.
Southgate’s England, the modern England, is somewhat different.
Arsenal fans would have taken just as much delight in Kieran Trippier’s free-kick as Spurs supporters..
And even the most devout Liverpool fan must surely have a soft spot for Jordan Pickford?
Back in 2016, Harry Maguire was the Hull centre back you thought belonged to the city’s Rugby League side.
Now he is the nation’s sweetheart — there’s even a tongue-in-cheek petition to get him on the new £50 note.
With a team full of cult heroes and a manager universally adored, things are really starting to look up.
Players are thought of as England players before you mention their club.
Long may this continue.
And God save the Queen.
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