FOOTBALL came home yesterday, in the form of an England team and manager who have won a special place in the nation’s hearts thanks to their performances in the World Cup.
Gareth Southgate and his players would much rather have arrived brandishing the cup from the steps of the plane, but this exemplary manager and the fresh, enthusiastic young men he has inspired have every reason to hold their heads high.
England has fallen in love with its national football team all over again. It has provided a few weeks of joy with its passion in Russia that has raised the nation’s spirits at a time when there is much to be worried about.
Better still, Southgate and his squad have laid the foundations of a bright future for English football on the international stage. Welcome home, gentlemen. You have done your country and yourselves proud, and we thank you.