It’s no good. I just can’t do it. I am sitting here tonight trying so very hard to build a commitment to the Germans. (You don’t want Ronaldo to get through, do you?) I have to say though, even when they take a surprisingly easy 2-0 advantage, I cannot build the fervour I seek.
At different stages of the tournament I have also tried to get fanatical about Spain, Switzerland, Holland, France, even Croatia. It isn’t happening .
Down the years as I have moved down the M4 I have tried to get behind Reading and Swindon, even some of the non-league sides in the Thames Valley, as a ‘second team’ if you will.
It just doesn’t work. Sorry, England, not even for you. Only one team can give me that buzz. I have too many years and too much history with them. They have, like any number one love, given me enormous pleasure and the occasional heartache.
Roll on August because I need to get on that emotional roller coaster again. I’m a gooner, pure and simple. Nothing else will do.
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