4 July 2021

Onward

Harry Maguire celebrates his goal in Rome

"Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don't like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that." - Bill Shankly (legendary Liverpool F.C. Manager)

Today , Sunday July 4th, every English Sunday newspaper leads with last night's football result: England 4 Ukraine 0.  It was the last match  at the quarter final stage of the Euros - the European nations football championships which are normally held every four years. This game happened at The Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy.

Ukraine seemed quite pedestrian and did not have an answer for the zippiness of England's attacks. Once again our lads played like a proper  team - working for each other. I was so pleased to see our captain Harry Kane score two but even happier to see ex-Hull City player Harry Maguire score a thunderous header. Same for  Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson who notched his first ever  goal for his nation. It was a moment he will always remember.

Here in Sheffield, your amiable host had his feet up  on our  reclining La-Z-Boy sofa with a cold bottle of India Pale Ale on the side table. I twitched and jerked, living each kick and tackle as my blood pressure rose and fell. This is how I feel when watching my club team - Hull City and only England can make me feel the same way.

What a brilliant performance and now we will meet Denmark in next Wednesday's semi-final.  One thing is for sure, Denmark will be nervous about playing England. Fingers crossed we will beat them and then go on to meet either Italy or Spain in the final next Sunday. For England fans like me, this is pure dreamland. COME ON ENGLAND!

24 comments:

  1. We were not watching the game last night, but my sister was keeping me up to date via text messages. I am sure it was great to watch, especially when it came to that extremely quick succession of goals.
    Well done, England!

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    1. We are now in a position that is very familiar to Germany.

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  2. Your mention of twitching and jerking made me smile.....my husband does that while watching rugby!

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    1. Perhaps we both have undiagnosed tourettes.

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  3. I hope your dream is fulfilled YP.

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    1. You can share the dream JayCee.

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    2. "feet up on our reclining La-Z-Boy sofa with a cold bottle of India Pale Ale on the side table." No way. More like shouting and singing in rowdy drunken excitement. Admit it. The neighbours were banging on your windows and doors demanding you be quiet, and called the police when you started throwing empty beer bottles at them.

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    3. Busted! Have you got CCTV trained on our house?

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    4. Apparently, I was referring to JayCee.

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    5. No! My parents were married JayCee!

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  4. Great result. The England squad is probably the most talented team since the world cup winning side of 1966. Italy and Spain look formidable and beating Denmark is next. I'll be hiding behind the couch on Wednesday night.😊

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    1. Italy looked awesome when they beat Belgium but Spain look rather ordinary to me. COME ON ENGLAND!

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  5. It's a game for heavens sake. Oh no. I forgot. It's HUGE business with millionaires playing and billionaires often the owners.

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    1. You were clearly not endowed with the football gene but for me it has been a big part of my life. Of all your musical CDs would you say "It's only music for heaven's sake!"?

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    2. I loved football. When it was a game. I was a linesman but became disenchanted before I took my referee's ticket. I've blogged about it.

      I love music. When fans go mental in the streets over some types of music that is exactly what I would say. But, and here's the rub, with music in many cases like with football and film stars it has become huge business creating billionaires left, right and centre.

      My CDs are 'just music' to me. I don't get wild about people who don't like the composers I like.

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  6. That's a good quote from Shankly. Even to me, a non sporting type, hearing European football results is interesting to me. I've not heard the team Newcastle United mentioned of late.

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    1. Newcastle United hung on to stay in The Premier League last season. Their manager used to manage my own club - Hull City. Newcastle have a massive support base.

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  7. Go England! We watched it here in America and when the 3rd goal was scored, I said to my husband, "They will score another one and the final will be 4 to NIL!". Now, I am going off to put numbers on our lottery!

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  8. More whoots from across the pond!

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    1. Americans are very good at whooting so thanks Debby!

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  9. Yes - come on England! I may live in Wales but I still support the old country!

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    1. You can take the boy out of England but you can't take England out of the boy.

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