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26 June 2018

Political Football, the New Statesman’s World Cup podcast. Episode 3: Pressure

The World Cup podcast series with Jason Cowley and Stephen Bush.

By New Statesman

Jason Cowley is joined by NS contributing writer John Bew and Alison McGovern, the Labour MP for Wirral South, to discuss England’s performance in the tournament so far, as well as the ways in which different teams, coaches and players — from the Colombian side to Gareth Southgate to Mo Salah — are handling the pressure to deliver good results. They also check in on how the north African teams are faring and look critically at the appearance of political symbols on the pitch, especially in relation to historic tensions in the Balkans.

Get in touch with questions and comments for future episodes on Twitter: @JasonCowleyNS, @stephenkb, @johnbew or @ns_podcasts.

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