England was outplayed but they displayed heart and hopefully Roy Hodgson will be able to build on that in the next few years. But once again it was the dreaded ‘P’s that finished off England!
The fans at the ground were magnificent in their support though it is still exasperating that the only two ‘English’ songs that were audible were ‘God Save The Queen’ and ‘Rule Britannia’.
So the flags will be put away, with a few being brought out for St George’s Day and some football matches, until 2014.
2014 will be a bumper year for being a part-time-patriot, the World Cup Tournament is from 12th June – 13th July and then the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow from 23rd July – 3rd August.
Before then though we will be expected to be British when the Olympic Games kick off in a few weeks time. It will be interesting to see if we still get the normal anti-English discrimination in the reporting. How many times will we hear about ‘Flying Scotsmen’ or Welsh Wizards’ but ‘a good result for Britain’ if an English athlete wins anything.
If we are all to be British that is fine, but if there are Welsh, Scots and Irish then there should be English!
That is only fair, but we are talking about the media and England so fairness doesn’t come into it!