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I'll confess here that I was around and in front of the TV - albeit as a young child, when England lifted the World Cup in 1966, so as you might imagine, having followed our team's rather disappointing fortunes since then, I've rarely been able to hold out much hope for a repeat performance. But hey, you never know...
Something else I'm hoping we can emulate is the incredible actions of some of the fans. I'm always thoroughly ashamed of the thuggish behaviour exhibited by some fans (not just British!) and many of those who attend these huge events who feel that it's OK to leave their litter (and sometimes worse) for the cleaners to deal with.
I say ashamed because we're all human beings, and while we all 'should know better', some of us don't. The 'incredible actions'? Well, first it was the Japanese fans, in news brought to my attention by Christopher McKaig @Coachmckaig who tweeted:
"This is my favourite moment of the World Cup so far; Japan fans picking up litter after their victory vs Columbia. The lessons in life we can take from the game."
There's a video of them in action at: here
I can recall thinking that with the Japanese culture, these thoughtful efforts should not come as a surprise, but I later read that they weren't alone: fans from Columbia, Senegal and Portugal also cleaned up their mess as well as some left behind them by other supporters. Now if this action could spread like a Mexican Wave I'd be very happy indeed - as no doubt, would the cleaners!
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21st June 2018