The realistic prospect of England being on the cusp of tasting success this World Cup has seen a frenzy of people declaring that “Football’s Coming Home”.
It’s also a dilemma for your typical Australian sports fan, where the thought of supporting England in any sporting event would be seen as being one of the worst crimes of them all, being “Un-Australian.”
But the World Cup is different. The Socceroos are long gone from the tournament, England is quickly becoming everyone’s second team and after listening to the song “Three Lions” you can’t help but feel that it may be coming home.
If you’re still hesitant to get behind the Three Lions on a shirt, here’s eight reasons why it’s ok to do so:
1 – We all watch English Football
Let’s face it, if you’re a fan of the World Game it’s most likely you watch English Football of some variety.
Granted, the English Premier League and other divisions are littered with international players but many of you would be passionate fans of an English Football Club playing on English Football Grounds and dreaming of making it to Wembley.
The English invented the game after all and perhaps it’s ok for the game to come home just this once.
2 –You Gotta Love an Underdog
Although not at super long odds our market had England at $15 to win the World Cup at the start of the tournament.
Now into the final four, the English are at $3.50 to win the World Cup.
England has always been a constant in the World Cup but hasn’t tasted success for 52 years and most of the English faithful have gone into the tournament with self-defeating thinking that they’ll find a way to stuff it up, but they haven’t…just yet.
It’s worth reading the lyrics to Three Lions (the song where this whole “Football’s Coming Home” meme phenomenon has come from) 22 years since its original release, it sums up the feelings of English football perfectly.
3- It would be a party like no other
It’s fair to say the English are making hay while the sun shines.
The celebrations after their wins against Colombia and Sweden have reached (no pun intended) fever pitch (also an excellent English football book/movie).
If people think these scenes are wild, just imagine what it would be like if they actually went all the way.
It is worth your time to make your way to your local British Pub to watch England play, you won’t regret it.
4 – Culture
While it’s easy to dismiss anything English as bland, it couldn’t be anymore further from the truth.
The English have contributed plenty over the years and there’s no denying Australia’s English roots.
Only a couple of months ago, we were caught up in Royal Wedding fever and Australian’s are still subjects to the Queen of England.
But it’s not just royalty.
Be it music with the likes of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Who, Oasis, Blur, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Queen, Radiohead, Depeche Mode…the list goes on and on.
You may have found yourself reading a Harry Potter book, JRR Tolkien, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and yes, most of you reading this would have come across old mate William Shakespeare in your time.
We’ve all loved English TV shows like The Office, Faulty Towers, Monty Python, Doctor Who and there’s a fair few of us in the Ladbrokes office that loved watching The Bill back in the day.
What about English movies? The likes of Trainspotting, Life of Brian, James Bond, Billy Elliot, A Clockwork Orange just to name a few.
Nothing beats a Full English breakfast after a big night and you can’t beat a roast and other fine English delicacies.
Our English friends have given us quite a bit to enjoy along the journey.
5- It’s not The Ashes
Let’s face it – The Socceroos probably won’t win a World Cup in our lifetime.
Cricket is literally a whole other ball game and many Australian sporting fans can be pretty satisfied with our Ashes dominance last summer.
Cricket is where the Australia v England sporting rivalry belongs and while it would be nice one day for Australia to beat England in any World Cup game, we’ve always got that friendly back in 2003 at Upton Park to hang our hats on when it comes to taking on the Poms in the World Game.
6- We all have a Pom mate.
We all have that English mate that is up and about.
Right now your Pom mate is happy, optimistic and confident but not arrogant.
There’s that spring in their step and you can’t help but be pleased for them.
The prospect of England going all the way would mean the world for your Pom mate.
If anything you want England to win it for them.
(It might also mean our Ladbrokes English bosses might give us all the day/week/month off to celebrate!)
7 – They have the best chants
It’s a widely known fact that English fans in any sport have the best chants.
Mostly cheeky, topical, political, fun and sometimes offensive, English crowds know how to chant and do it well.
This is especially the case when you compare it to the Fanatics chanting “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi! Oi! Oi!” and “Let’s go Aussies, let’s go”
8- It’s Coming Home
Three Lions on a shirt, Jules Rimet still gleaming, thirty years of hurt, never stopped me dreaming.
We couldn’t possibly finish this blog off without the song that’s taking the internet by storm “Three Lions”.
Originally released by comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner along with Ian Broudie of the band Lighting Seeds for Euro ’96 being held in England, the song was re-released with different lyrics for England’s France ’98 World Cup campaign.
Both versions of the song topped the UK charts in 1996 and 1998 respectively, and as of today is again number one on the British music charts and rightly so, after all, football’s coming home.