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It may well not be politically right in a environment in which only Celts look permitted to defeat their patriotic breast and my granny in Donegal will certainly excommunicate me if she ever before reads this but across the board, and across the many years, there is no sporting nation on this planet to evaluate with England.
We are spoiled rotten in this state, frequently with no realising or appreciating it. If you violently disagree and want to find the money for leading puppy status to another nation, let us be hearing from you in but very first think about what English sport and competitors have offered us – and carry on to give.
England is a packed Twickenham and whiskey nips on frosty afternoons and singing Abide with Me at Wembley. It is a Bobby Charlton piledriver, a Wally Hammond cover drive and Lawrence Dallaglio’s tears as the nationwide anthem plays.
England is the Grand Countrywide, Red Rum, Bob Champion and Aldaniti. It is Desert Orchid. It is Lester Piggott. Royal Ascot, Superb Goodwood and York Ebor meeting. The beer tent at Plumpton in January, the Cotswolds perfection of Badminton in Could.
England is Graham Hill’s twitching moustache, Fran Cotton’s Dan Dare Jaw, Gary Lineker’s ears, Denis Compton’s knees, David Beckham metatarsals, Jonny Wilkinson clasped fingers and a Jessica Ennis smile.
England is the naughty boy attraction and environment beating talent of Barry Sheene, James Hunt and Jenson Button the consumate all-round skill of John Surtees, the die difficult aggression and racing instincts of Lewis Hamilton. It is Stirling Moss insisting that Mike Hawthorn be reinstated in second spot in the 1958 Portuguese Grand Prix and then losing the world championship by one position to his fellow Englishman. Course, style, substance.
England is the peerless Coleman, Peter Allis, Harry Carpenter . . . and there goes Murray Walker as effectively. It is the poety of Arlott, the eloquent silences of Longhurst driving the mike and James Alexander Gordon reading through the football final results on a Saturday evening.
England is the matchless Ben Ainslie ruling the waves and Dame Ellen using on the world. It is Becky Adlington powering down the final length, the enormous talent of the dimunitive Tom Daley, Daley Thompson performing back again flips of pleasure in the pole vault pit, Dame Kelly Holmes’ search of wonder and Mark Cavendish tearing up the Champs Elysee and leaving the peloton for dead.
England is Mike Brearley out-thinking the opposition, Sir Ian outdrinking and outplaying the same. It is the English rose splendor and breathtaking capacity of Lillian Board and Mary Rand and the glorious operating of one more dashing blonde. Richard Sharpe, as he dummied – not the moment, not 2 times but three moments – for that well-known try towards Scotland.
England is Nick Faldo in the zone, the timeless perfection of Torvill and Dean, the gung-ho courage of Amy Williams. It is Jason Leonard sharing submit-match pints with the opposition. It the effortless calme of modern day pentathlete Dr Steph Cooke, the deceny of ‘our Enry’ and the enduring bravery of Michael Watson
England is golf in the snow at the Presidents Putter, Sunningdale in autumn, the environment snooker championship and drama at the Crucible. And it is the believed, bordering on obsession, of eventually successful the World Cup in cricket, sailing to victory in the America’s Cup, Lee Westwood profitable a major and above all else successful a penalty shoot-out that issues.
“This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.” Shakespeare probably was not thinking about activity at the time but his words ring at any time accurate.
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