Ross Barkley has been named in the England World Squad and Former England Captain Gary Linekar has said, ” Congratulations to the 23 players who have made Roy Hodgson’s England Squad. It’s young, energetic and exciting. Do your Country Proud.”
Football is associated with passion, emotion, excitement and dedication, isn’t it, with fans watching with friends and family, either at home with food and drink or at the local on the big screen with so much anticipation that our country wins. The pure joy and exhilaration of being at football games though must be absolutely amazing, sort of up close and personal to your life long idol, someone who could be the difference between our country, winning and losing.
As a country, we also have such a hype, such a build up to the big day, don’t we. Adverts on TV and the radio, cars showing off their flags, the England flags blowing in the wind out of windows, huge signs, flags and banners all around – people being proud of their country, hoping and praying that we win that World Cup – and lets face it, it would be pretty amazing if we did, wouldn’t it, something to be so very proud of.
I guess, some fans are actually living the experience of football, going to all the matches perhaps, breathing football, sleeping football, eating football. For many fans I can imagine many friendships have been formed and with many still strong through the passion of football and playing a key role in family life, sharing experiences. The thrill of taking your son or daughter to that very first football match too, the adrenaline, the passion, the buzz.
This country has so many talented footballers with so many dedicated fans, our young people not only look up to them, they respect them and want to be like them, these people are household names.
I love it when our country comes together to do something to be proud of, as Gary Linkekar said, “Do your country proud”.
My question is, do footballers actually know what impact the FIFA World Cup will have on the partners of those dedicated football fans?
You could say the England result will depend upon the severity of abuse that those victims of domestic abuse will receive from their perpetrator.
The passion will turn into anger, if England lose, the anger will turn into abuse. Many perpetrators will see football as an excuse for abuse, of course, they won’t say that, it will completely be the victims fault. Domestic abuse will increase if England win – is that something footballs acknowledge?
Our England footballers might do our country proud but perpetrators of domestic abuse certainly don’t. As a national treasure, as an icon, as an idol to so many young people in our society, what would you say to perpetrators of domestic abuse who might take their anger out on their partner during the FIFA World Cup?