We feel the glory of that triumphant moment, 50 years ago, all the more because of all the other occasions when we have failed to win.
There is a set way to behave. Team shirts and face paint have become de rigueur, while Mexican waves now interrupt the view of anybody trying to watch the football with irritating regularity.
Bit late to the party, no?
The World Cup is just the latest political football to be kicked by the Front National’s Marine Le Pen, who suggested that “You are either French or Algerian”.
There is no glory in setting out to cause injury to another human being.
Simon Schama bissects a tale of two halves: Brazil’s nail-biting victory over Chile.
With England sometimes, you just can’t win.
My politics may place me firmly on the left of Labour, but confess to owning an MCC tie and people start looking at you in a whole new light.
Hunter Davies’s The Fan column.
... and it's not foreign players in the Premier League.
The Sun columnist says football players shirking international duty should have to call the parents of someone killed in Afghanistan and explain themselves. What?
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