Michael McDowell: It’s probably just as well England lost Euro 2020

Wembley was being woven into Downing Street’s narrative about ‘global Britain’

UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool/AFP via Getty

UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool/AFP via Getty

Joe Humphreys wrote here on Monday about the emotional reactions of most Irish people to England’s defeat at the hands of Italy at Wembley on Sunday.

Correctly, he pointed out that the average Irish soccer fan had ambivalent emotions in relation to the England team’s successes. After all, Irish soccer fans are intensely involved – many deeply emotionally – in the fortunes of English clubs and, indeed, some Scottish and Welsh clubs.

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