England’s worrying skill and France’s reckless genius | World Cup 2022

ENGLAND. FRANCE. IT’S ON

Good moan. We were just p!ssing boy when we realized we had gone almost 30 seconds without enjoying an “England camp” update. As penance, we dunked ourselves in stale beer, ate a packet of Lambert & Butler and – most painful of all – pretended to like football, in order to recreate that special atmosphere of Boxpark in the comfort of our own storeroom. It will show those Frenchmen, with their good food, good wine, suave demeanor, easy adult gymnastics, and refusal to stay in bed when persecuted by a cruel and corrupt government.

Sorry, we’re kidding. Because even though the aforementioned “French” still have a lot to learn when it comes to puddings, fight us! – this last meeting seems different from the usual “Hello! ‘Hello ! vacuity because this England team feels different. The devastating and disturbing skill with which they sidelined a Senegalese side helpfully stripped of their best players is one thing. The real thing, however, is a spirit the Daily has never seen before in the national team, no longer divided along club lines or defined by toxic masculinity of exposure, but a lesson in it. what Justin Langer, the hilarious Aussie comic, called “elite camaraderie”. ”.

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The Daily is old, so it must admit it missed the experience of the Real Football Men clamoring about what they were up to, before their inevitable collapse – under pressure and in paroxysms of tears – live on TV. But also, the Daily is moved to the point of sweating eyeballs by a group of young, multicultural, and cohesive pals who love each other and celebrate each other’s success while absolutely having it—in the process, teaching a jaded, divided and sick country with the simple values ​​of kindness, honesty and integrity (if only it had the collective ability to learn).

England therefore continue to meet the aforementioned ‘French’, who claim to become the first country to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1958 and 1962. Inspired by the carefree, incomparable and prophetic genius of Didier Deschamps to be born in the same country. like Kylian Mbappé, they were perhaps the most impressive team in the competition, with Olivier Giroud also leading the way. We’re not one to name, mainly because we never go anywhere or meet anyone, but we once met France’s all-time top scorer at a hip nightclub. “Hey, you’re… you’re…” ventured the attendant; ” Olivier Giroud ? asks Olivier Giroud. “You can tell it’s him,” we advised as the attendant reflected, “because he admires himself in the mirror…in fairness, with good reason.” Oh how they laughed – we think.

Which leaves us with just six days of hype to endure before the sides meet on Saturday night in what promises to be an altercation for the ages. Which is to say, this tournament is about to do what the organizers hoped it would do: narcotize us with its dark side with the matchless magic of football. That’s why this England team is so special: they make sure we can’t forget that the beauty of the beautiful game extends far beyond the game.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Propagating Fifa’s line that athletes should not defend human rights and that a desire for social justice inhibits sports performance. Human rights are not politics, Arsène [Wenger] and values ​​shouldn’t be for sale’ – ex-Socceroos midfielder Craig Foster is stuck in fiery ex-Arsenal boss for repeating Fifa’s dismal line ‘should stick to football’ in his paid role on the HRWC Technical Advisory Board. I’m afraid to think what this fan think of him now.

Oh Arsene, how could you?
Oh Arsene, how could you? Photography: Pedro Vilela/Getty Images

Re: Friday Football Daily. “Before all that, there’s the small question of Ghana versus Uruguay to decide who will join Portugal in the round of 16. There’s a slim chance that South Korea will finish above both.” Can you please write in Monday’s mailing that there is a slim chance that David Carr will win the lottery? – David Carr (and others).

I don’t watch the HRWC, but even I understood that Uruguay has a little Uruguayan again. Uruguay is a fascinating country. Confounding all the Anglo-European stereotypes, it is a more democratic country than the United Kingdom, certainly more democratic than the “imperfect democracy” of the United States! UNITED STATES!! USA!!!, well, look at Qatar, since we are there. The army has done virtually nothing but work for the UN peacekeeping force for about 30 years. They invented the birth control pill and were the first to think about legalizing weed. The wise Jorge Luis Borges, a genius born to an Uruguayan mother, said, “When Argentines die, they turn into angels and go live in Uruguay. However, what Borges said about what inevitably seems to happen when you kick a soccer ball into the eyeline of a Uruguayan is sadly not recorded” – Jon Millard.

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