We’re lov­ing the beau­ti­ful game again

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - COMMENT -

Go­ing into this World Cup, much like most Eng­land fans, my ex­pec­ta­tions were some­where be­tween slim and non-ex­is­tent. That could be down to years of hu­mil­i­at­ing dis­ap­point­ment, re­al­i­sa­tion that we don’t have some di­vine right to be at foot­ball’s top ta­ble, or it could be an­other ex­am­ple of the Gareth South­gate ef­fect. He has brought a calm, sen­si­ble ap­proach to this squad and for this tour­na­ment. He is em­i­nently like­able, as are many of these young play­ers, which is in stark con­trast to pre­vi­ous squads. When they re­turn to English soil in a few days time, re­gard­less of fi­nal re­sults, I’m sure they’ll be given a he­roes’ wel­come. The be­lief in our po­ten­tial, and what we can achieve in fu­ture, will have been well and truly re­stored. Jonathan Roberts Howard Drive, Maid­stone

Pic­ture: PA

Eng­land man­ager Gareth South­gate has united a pre­vi­ously di­vided na­tion

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