England might not go all the way in the European Championships but victory is already assured in the diplomatic stakes.
The squad of players based in Krakow have become the greatest sporting ambassadors we have ever sent abroad. And I hope they get the credit for it when they return.
But they might not for one very specific reason. They are footballers.
The establishment works in a very funny way in this country. If you are a cricketer or a rugby player you become “high-spirited” in your celebrations after a victory.
But if you’re a footballer you become a ...
You might find this hard to believe but I’ve spent the hours after England’s fabulous victory in Kiev battling against the doom-mongers who can only find negativity in our thrilling performance.
What is wrong with these people. Texts, tweets and e-mails have been hitting my machine with the most ridiculous messages. The “ne’er do-gooders” seem to have three principle complaints.
1. The Swedish team was the weakest we have seen for 30 years.
2. Theo Walcott’s performance was just a freak of nature.
3. Wayne Rooney won’t be worth his place against the Ukraine.
It wouldn’t shock me if Spurs fans started parading up and down outside White hart lane today after the departure of Harry Redknapp.
The club must have gone collectively mad and the supporters have every right to vent their anger. Harry was not just the best English manager in the Premier league. He had become the spirit of Tottenham Hotspur. Do the club know how lucky they were to have had a manager who was actually LIKED by every football fan in this country. It meant that enormous pressure was taken off the players because the manager acted like ...