So it’s happened again, England have once more not returned with the world cup held aloft. All that money you spent on the shirts and flags gone to waste and we resort to the beer and chocolate to comfort ourselves. The pubs and sports shops have made their profits for the summer and we can now all go back to our normal lives. But this time we can have a few pints with a small smile on our faces.
Last night, England went out of the 2018 World Cup after a semi-final defeat to Croatia. A game of two very different halves before extra time, England possibly could've wrapped the game up and been two or three nil up in 30 minutes. There could've even been a Croatian red card. Sadly, it wasn't to be.
At roughly 21:37 on 11 July 2018, the hearts of a nation simultaneously broke. But while football might not be coming home, "it" definitely has.
Before a ball had even been kicked in Russia, England fans across the land were saying that football is coming home. In 99 percent of cases, this was done ironically. Yet with each victory, the optimism levels crept up to a point where most of the country genuinely felt we could finish the job. We got so very close and despite the agonizing manner of the semi-final defeat, this young England squad have done their nation proud.
What would winning the World Cup really mean for England?
The World Cup might be the most revealing political moment of 2018 so far. Whether you consider those engaging with the World Cup and celebrating in the streets just fans or football hooligans, the fact is the violent behaviour perpetrated by the masses in the past week speaks volumes about the current political climate at home.
If you know anything about football, then you'll know that world class young talent like Kylian Mbappé are rare and need to be treasured. Having lit up the French league for the past 2 seasons, he's stepped out onto the world stage to prove just how good he really is.
The final group of the World Cup was a very competitive one, with each team having their own set of unique skills and traits that make them fierce competitors. Thus, Group H was one of the more entertaining groups to watch in Russia.
The most predictable group at this World Cup.
Without a doubt, this was the craziest and most dramatic group of this World Cup. The group was destined to be a good one prior to the initial kick off but football fans around the world who were given a lot more than they anticipated within Group F.
Group C gave us the first memorable use of Video Assistant Referee, or VAR.