National Identity and Football
They thought it was all over on Thursday, but Italy's defeat this evening confirmed it. England are out of the World Cup, dumped at the earliest possible stage. Now the introspection and recrimination can begin in earnest.
There are theories aplenty – from the weakness of England's defence to the abundance of non-English players in the Premier League – but the most arresting explanation came from football writer Alyson Rudd. "They looked like the England of old," she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "Slightly lost and not knowing who they were. They have no national identity."Read Full Article »