‘Our play­ers will not for­get’

Irish Daily Mirror - - SPORTS -

ENG­LAND’S play­ers have vis­ited First world war bat­tle­grounds and will wear spe­cial com­mem­o­ra­tive jer­seys at El­land road to­mor­row, be­cause we wanted to give them a con­nec­tion to the sac­ri­fices made 100 years ago.

You can some­times lose sight of how many men and women gave their lives so we can live ours the way that we do.

we took the squad to Pass­chen­daele and Ypres last month to make it real for the play­ers, and you could see when they stood for the Last Post that the con­nec­tion to the past was there.

You could see the lads think­ing that those sol­diers were the same age as them, and thou­sands upon thou­sands of them died on those fields.

we can’t for­get what peo­ple did for our coun­try and we want to play our part in mak­ing sure this gen­er­a­tion passes that on to the next.

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