Just when you thought you could safely get out of the digital bunker |  World Cup 2022

Just when you thought you could safely get out of the digital bunker | World Cup 2022

THE ITCH IS BACK

Your super and soaring Football Daily is always looking forward to Black Friday. Shameless dopamine addicts that we are, we’ll never tire of watching viral videos of adults (sic) brawling fiercely over an immersive multi-room speaker system they don’t need or need. they don’t particularly want it, and that was 50 notes cheaper when they walked right past it a week earlier. Today, that entertainment will be complemented by Fifa’s new post-Thanksgiving celebration: Bloke Friday, in which a group of men play football in front of a crowd consisting of a group of men.

It’s the start of the second round of the Human Rights World Cup group matches, and yes, the last five days have really flown by. There are four more games, which means six hours of entertainment, or 17 if you include the extra time. Iran’s dramatic victory over Wales is followed by Qatar 0-2 Senegal and the Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador, which depending on the results could end with Qatar becoming the first team eliminated on their own tournament. So that’s the biggest. England versus USA! UNITED STATES!! UNITED STATES!!! Tommy Shelby versus Tony Soprano. Mark Corrigan versus George Costanza. Barely suppressed self-loathing v Barely suppressed self-loathing. England have never beaten the USMNT at a World Cup – they unthinkably/hilariously lost in 1950 and drew 1-1 in 2010, when hapless Robert Green let out a defining howl for his career and ITV missed England’s only goal because they cut a Hyundai advert. The good news for UK-based viewers is that Friday’s game airs on… wait, never mind. At least you’ll have Roy Keane.

And at least – choose this sequel – England will have Harry Kane. Despite chatter about the injured ankle over the past few days, he was given the nod. Gareth Southgate is expected to follow established footballing wisdom that it would take a bit of ostentatious eccentricity to change a team that has just won 6-2. UNITED STATES! UNITED STATES!! UNITED STATES!!! – excellent in the first half against Wales before the unwelcome revelation that their kryptonite is a big old boy from the English Riviera with a Welsh grandfather – should provide a tougher test.

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Another England triumph will now secure a place in the Round of 16 with one game to spare. We’ll be honest, though, we’re not in top form right now because our minds are elsewhere. Football Daily thought it was prudent to relax and stop planning trips to a digital bunker in the Kerguelen Islands when England lost the Not Euro 2020 final to Italy. It was their chance, she left, thanks to Donnarumma. But the way they shredded Iran caused the It’s Coming Home itch, or the ITCH itch as we horribly call it, to start again. If England win generously against the kind of resourceful, athletic and dauntingly skilled side they usually draw 1-1 against at major tournaments, we’ll know things are serious. And if they lose, #SouthgateOut will be all the rage before ITV has had a chance to cut the planned adverts. It’s not just Black Friday that makes adults (sic) behave like eejits.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It was the wrong decision… It was actually a foul against us. If someone scores a goal, congratulations. But it was a gift. A special gift from the referee” – The coach of the Ghana’s Otto Addo isn’t happy after Cristiano Ronaldo controversially won a penalty that kicked off Portugal’s 3-2 HRWC win.By converting him, Ronaldo became the first man to score in five World Cups.

Ronaldo falls.
Ronaldo falls. Photography: Marko Đurica/Reuters

Just a quick question. While Fifa and Qatar are rightly singled out (the former for its corruption, the latter for its human rights record) on this HRWC, why is no one questioning the record of the countries of seven other nations (25%) who are represented? In these countries, “homosexuality” is also illegal. If we continue to beat the drum against Qatar (and we undoubtedly should), shouldn’t we also highlight the human rights injustices in the countries of the teams playing? – Merv Evans.

May I be the first of 1,057 readers to congratulate Iñaki Williams for bringing pantomime season to HRWC? During the opening week of Glasgow’s Tron Theater panto (shameless take for old school buddy, apology), Williams assured a thousand shouts of “He’s behind you!” resounded across the world. Better still, when he came in and got the ball back, Williams prompted refrains of “Is he going to score?” … “Oh yes, it is” … “Oh no, it is not” in a quick and simple turn. Surely such dedication to the panto business deserves some sort of reward? – James Thomson (and no others).

Oh everyone.
Oh everyone. Photography: Fantasista/Getty Images

I wholeheartedly agree with Allastair McGillivray’s plea (yesterday’s Football Daily letters) that we don’t adopt the horrific kick-off countdown in our domestic game. But to pay homage to our comedy overlords Fifa, it got a good laugh in the opening game when the ref decided to ignore it and whistle before the countdown reached zero. A real dedication to finding something new that this HRWC has managed to mess up with everything else” – Tim Clarke.

While most teams on their days off from tournaments seem content to play bingo or set up inflatables in the pool, I note on Big Website that our Gallic cousins ​​have a much bigger project in mind” – Tony Crawford.

Send your letters to the.boss@theguardian.com. And you can always tweet Football Daily – while you can, hi Elon – via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our Unprized Letter of the Day is…Merv Evans.

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