Today while millions across England support the Three Lions, millions more in the Commonwealth from Australia to India, Canada to the Caribbean and Malta to Africa will be cheering on our English friends.
After decades of hoping and praying, Football is finally coming home to the nation that has built our Commonwealth and contributed to global development more than any other country.
England’s performance in this tournament, like in the 2018 World Cup has demonstrated the quality that the English are best known for, their resilience.
Like Nelson at Trafalgar, like Churchill in World War II or even King Henry V in the Battle of Agincourt, Harry Kane and team have produced dynamic results, fearless in all matches so far.
For passionate England supporters, many know the heartbreak of seeing brilliant teams composed of legends such as Lampard, Terry, Gerrard and Rooney being defeated on the big stage. Yet this young team under Gareth Southgate which no-one gave a chance in the 2018 World Cup has evolved into a powerhouse.
This England squad, as they did in 2018 when they reached the semi finals of the World Cup has kept a “never surrender” attitude.
As a matter of fact, in the last three years this England set up has modelled itself into one of the classiest outfits. The England squad is so skillful that its bench could beat the first eleven of other teams.
For many years you had England squads which simply didn’t synchronise on the field. Now you have an England team that gives you hope until the very last minute. That has been the magic of Southgate
In Harry Kane they are blessed with the best striker of our time who has proven to be a goal scoring machine as he grabbed the golden boot in the 2018 World-cup. In Raheem Sterling they have a speedy magician with the ball who has been the real engine room for this tournament.
The team has been blessed with Mount who looks like a young Lampard while Grealish gives you the vibe that Gerrard has returned. The real success story of this English team so far in Euro 2021 has been the dynamic defence at the back with Maguire and John Stones forming a formidable wall while Walker continues to impress with his pace. Football pundits are often unfair to him, but in goal England have one of the best Keepers in Jordan Pickford.
It is safe to say that England has had the best squad, a squad that has been nurtured by the brilliance of Southgate. England’s success so far and success later today has not come by luck but pure class, skill, determination and courage.
Football is coming home. Football is coming home. Millions of us from the Commonwealth will look on with pride as we have always done for our English friends as history is made.
We love you England, bring it home!