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Mails: We won’t feel guilty for enjoying England this week…

Send your mails to theeditor@football365.com   This is no guilty pleasure There have been several attempts at self flagellation in recent mailboxes, to go along with the general international angst, concerning England’s unexpected progress at the World Cup – apparently we are a nation of wife beaters and moronic imperialists with a sense of entitlement and arrogance that belies our pathetic standing in the world – My own left leaning credentials bear up to the closest of scrutinies but they don’t clash with a deep love of the game and my country (the UK and England) I find no conflict in loving every second of a great World Cup, in glorious sunshine, that will probably live long in the memory, with the idea that we should be respectful of others and not attack people with different accents. I will not be beating my wife up this Wednesday should England lose – I will not be looking to attack any eastern European or Slavic sounding person should Croatia prevail and I will not be advocating an invasion of Ireland or Scotland should we win the World Cup. There are a million reasons to be miserable at the state of the world and the way people treat one another – but loving the World Cup and football and enjoying the bonus of progressing shouldn’t even be close to motivating anyone to attack their keyboard in anger and frustration. England will probably not win the World Cup (but we might). At that point some of you can rejoice and let out a deep sigh of relief. Make sure you are looking in the mirror when you do so. Because that’s who you are and it has nothing to do with the way English fans behave. I doubt there is any other nation in the world less permitted to enjoy some relatively modest sporting success without being lambasted from within and without. So can you all just f… off for a few days and let us enjoy some football Steve – MCFC (Sterling will get the winner off his hip I promise)   …It seems Adam has clearly missed the point about the World Cup bringing the world together. Many were worried about this world cup due to the host nation and the political decisions their government take (according to the media), a lot of us were wrong to be worried, it has been a fantastic tournament played on and off the pitch the way it should be. I’m glad F365 have been patriotic, this tournament has brought patriotism back for myself personally. I feel it’s sad that people like Adam have some very genuine concerns of the world but feel the need to bolt them onto football at a time when we should be celebrating the squads achievements. it seems all too fashionable to think “left” these days, to the point where some feel embarrassed to support their country for fear of being incorrectly labelled. Now, can we just enjoy the rest of what has been an utterly brilliant world cup? Andrew   …In response to Adam, I’ve been reading Football365 since World Cup 2002, and I don’t think it’s at risk of turning into the Sun. Part of the solution to the problem of toxic patriotism (as with masculinity) is to support the positive alternative. The (potential!) triumph of a relaxed and emotionally literate modern team that takes psychology seriously over the narrow tyrannies of Proper Football Men is much to be prized. Only last week Mediawatch was remarking that the Sun’s World Cup coverage nearly had them rooting for Columbia! PS I’m Scottish Ryan D, Glasgow   …Good Lord there are some miserable people mailing in aren’t there!? Adam in the mornings mailbox would have everyone in England join together and support every country equally. I’m sure the population of Italy and Holland are enjoying this world cup just as much as they would be had they qualified. I’m sure the city centres of Germany are heaving with fans watching Croatia vs Russia because it’s all football after all… Of course people are going to support their own country over others! Does Adam support all the Football League teams equally as well? Some people just can’t wait to jump on the Xenophobia band wagon but Adams trying to hop on when there isn’t even a stop… It’s especially aggravating when there are so many ACTUAL examples of Xenophobia / Racism / sexism in the press that we could concentrate on eradicating. Is the behaviour of some supporters abhorrent? Yes. Does the fact that Germany and Argentina seem to be England’s greatest rivals (at least according to our fans, it comes as a surprise to them!) make me feel uncomfortable because it has no basis in Sport? Absolutely. Will I be supporting England over Croatia on Wednesday? Of course I will! Just like my Russian colleague was supporting Russia over Croatia at the weekend! Good lord man, take the effort you are putting into berating people for supporting their national team and put it towards something worthwhile, like supporting Syrian Refugees or highlighting human rights violations in Qatar just so we can enjoy the next world cup. Nathan PFC (English with Flemish blood, so excuse me but I’ll be supporting England and Belgium during the week thank you…)   …I’ll freely admit I was not a fan of this site during the last league season due to it’s season long myopic, un-objective and annoying Guardiola puff piece but I disagree with Adam over his criticism of the 365’s England World Cup coverage. This site has covered the England team and the WC in general excellently. Storey has shown us why he is an award winning journalist with a number of high quality articles (which was of great surprise to me honestly) and his peers at 365 towers have also been great. I don’t understand why Adam has such an issue with this site supporting and writing positive things about an England side with a likable manager and no real hate-able players who are exceeding expectations. Claiming supporting England causes xenophobia and racism is sensationalist nonsense as people with those ignorant beliefs don’t need WC football to fuel them being bigots. The increase in domestic abuse during a WC is of course terrible but this website or anybody else can’t just hate on the England team because it has some scumbag fans. I think its sad we now live in a country where the (quoted from Adam’s mail) “left-leaning, anti-xenophobic, anti-sexist, love the...

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Published By: Fottball 365 - Monday, 9 July







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