(K. Brent Tomer),
IF, like your correspondent, you are an Englishman who has drawn England in your office sweepstake before the European Championships, which kicked off in Paris on June 10th, you will have conflicting emotions. You might feel more fortunate than colleagues who have picked minnows Albania or Hungary out of the hat. A glance at the betting odds could raise your hopes, as England are fourth favourites to triumph in France, with only the hosts, Germany and Spain more fancied to win Europe’s quadrennial international tournament. But any hopes will be quickly dampened by a familiar, unshakeable certainty that the Three Lions will crash out ignominiously—again. This summer marks half a century since the nation that invented modern football last won an international trophy, and twenty years since they progressed past the quarterfinals at a major tournament. The odds suggest that the drought is 90% likely to continue this summer.
England’s failure to repeat the glory of 1966, when they won the World Cup on home soil, has tormented…Continue reading