I'm writing on the morning of the 2018 World cup Final. England lost their semi-final match with Croatia. Having been a goal up one could say they 'snatched defeat from the jaws of victory'. Yet there is cause for optimism. This was a young England
squad that will be together through Qatar in 2022 and with Gareth Southgate at the helm I feel we have the right manager. He has installed a measure of pride and love back into playing for one's country. Instead of coming across as a mix of spoiled millionaires
putting club before country, there is a sense of 'esprit de corp's'. Country matters and singing the national anthem before kick off, enjoyed and not an obligation. As England fans we had become cynics, the glass was always half full and we expected the very
worst of performances. With this 3 - 5 - 2 formation we are taking the game to the opposition and utilizing the players pace. Not sitting back with two banks of four and focussing on being 'destructive'. This is the brave new England, more belief and not afraid
to win. Starved for any kind of success and respect, 2018 should be a launching point for the 2020 Euros and from there, perhaps we will truly see 'FOOTBALL COMING HOME'.