22 July 2021, The Tablet

England in the Euro final


England in the Euro final


WHENEVER I’m asked what the result of any football match will be, my reply is always the same. “Two-one.”
“But who to?”
“Ah, that only God knows.”

I have Fr Robert in Dubrovnik to thank for that line. It’s how he answered when I called him from Moscow ahead of Croatia’s World Cup semi-final against England in 2018 asking him what the score would be. It was indeed 2-1, to Croatia.

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