This is the first time I've invested more of me in England since 1996. Probably a mixture of the arrogance of the golden generation, slowly losing my national identity and the fact I (like most on here) find it hard to support an England full of rs players.
It's crazy really, we had far better players a decade ago, with a high profile manager, yet always did poorly when it mattered. Now we have Gareth Southgate, average at best in club football who has come across well in the few times I've seen him interviewed and is doing a very decent job on the international stage and players who don't have the big egos, everything seems down to earth. I even like Harry Kane now. I want him to beat Rooney's record now.
Of course, I'm also not exposed to the same media coverage of the national team either which makes it a lot easier to "come back" as well. I didn't even know there was a media attack on Sterling until I saw the thread on here about him the other day. I don't like Sterling because he's ex rs and not a very good goal scorer.
I feel like I've been out in the wilderness for years regarding the national teams, and while I technically have the four nations (three in this tournament) to get behind, it's really one I can have a true depth of interest in. I can't invest heavily like someone who would support two teams, Everton and Celtic say lol. It's good to see England off to a good start at least as a decade ago Tunisia would have been a draw and Panama perhaps a 2-0 sluggish win.
Yeah, people have their own reasons and national identity is a personal thing in a way. I couldn't be any less bothered about 'Englishness' or whatever that means. Not in a self loathing leftie way, I just don't see it as a big deal either way. We've done good and bad in the world, and it is what it is (to quote Harry Kane). It's an accident of birth where you happen to be born and emerge on the Earth's surface, in my eyes, so I don't attach a massive significance to that.
Probably my main dislike is just England fans, and the kinds of people that it can sometimes attract. Of course there are sound England fans within that. Anyone who wants to talk about empires or insinuate some kind of cultural superiority or whatever would be my issue, and I dare say all national teams have people like that following them. We seem to have quite a lot like that, but maybe I see it more than with other nations.
As for this team, overall it's likeable, it's progressive and the manager has got a brain in his head and has conducted himself immaculately in my opinion, when plenty of England fan morons were slaughtering him without any justification.