15 July 2021, The Tablet

England finds a modern identity

Football and nationhood


The England football team climbed to the very pinnacle of their sport in the course of their journey to Sunday’s Euro 2020 Final against Italy. They played game after game with courage, skill and dignity, united by a spirit of “one for all and all for one” that had been fostered by their remarkable manager Gareth Southgate. A writer in The Washington Post, observing the English as they prepared for their match of the century, remarked: “England’s success has revealed another story, one about a new kind of post-Brexit Englishness. The team has become a symbol of a diverse, multicultural nation, showcasing an Englishness that many are excited by.”

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