So it’s to be
France v Italy. They say that the most important components of drama
are conflict and subtext. This should have plenty of both.
up with both sets of semi-finals. They helped me to crystallise my
feeling about this World Cup, which is that it’s been great from most
points of view; except in relation to everything to do with England,
all of which has been big pants. So it’s been a roaring success and a
massive downer at the same time.
the way Italy played in extra time, for example. I’ve never seen an
Italian team so committed to attack. Why? Because they obviously didn’t
fancy a penalty shoot-out. Fabulissimo. But why couldn’t England do
something similar against Portugal?
well. I’ve been saying for some time that football was taking on too
much importance in England and that something needed to happen to get
the game back in perspective. Perhaps this will be it. I had thought
the likeliest thing would be Chelsea winning so many titles so easily
that it would put everyone off. I remember making these arguments to
Jon Riley and saying that I was a Chelsea supporter now, on Maoist
grounds. He said, ‘I think that’s more Pol Pot-ist.’