The tournament's been amazing. I've been on here pretty much every day, saying how much I'm enjoying it when people have been slagging little teams off, or slagging games off that don't have loads of goals in them. It's been a superb start to the tournament from loads of perspectives. Really pleased for the Russian people as well, that it's going off well.
With England, probably like a lot of people, I like them but it's not a massive emotional investment like Everton. I'm pleased if they win, but not distraught if they lose. So it hopefully helps you to be more objective. And as objectively as I can, I'm thinking 'yeah, they've done really well, but they've not been really tested yet'. I don't even mean against the favourites. If we beat a decent team like Belgium, Columbia, Senegal or whoever, and played well, then I'd be extremely optimistic. Like I say, it's not a downer on England. It's not their fault they had the two easy games first, and they've taken full advantage.
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.