It was the only uplifting moment in another night of misery. Suddenly viewers watching the England-Italy game caught sight of something in the stadium which made us feel proud.
No, it wasn’t Wayne Rooney playing like he cared about the Three Lions. When’s that ever happened?
No, it wasn’t a move where we strung together four passes in a row. After the first 15 minutes, that proved to be beyond our capabilities.
No, it wasn’t an English player who decided that, as a multi-millionaire representative of a depressed and broke nation, he had a duty to at least make an effort.
It was the sight of a York City flag in the stands.
Because how ever bad England were again, however lacking in spirit or ability, how ever grimly predictable the manner of our exit, one thing they couldn’t do.
They couldn’t overturn York City’s promotion, or take back the FA Trophy.
Any England fan made wretched by another dire and uninspired performance should get themselves along to Bootham Crescent next season. There they’ll find more heart, more commitment in one of Matty Blair’s nasal hairs than in the whole England squad.
Thank you, and good night.
The fans tweet…
Got what we deserved they deserved it. Young awful performance. 4.39 am knackered. off to bed.
— David McGurk (@DavidMcGurk5) June 24, 2012
So erm… we lost on penalties. But more importantly, did anyone notice a York City flag in the crowd?
— York City News (@YorkCityNews) June 24, 2012
— Tony Cole (@Yorktone) June 24, 2012
My 1st name is tarnished
— Ashley Chambers (@ashchambo) June 24, 2012
— Lin Hudson (@LinHudsonYork) June 24, 2012
10 in the morning girls for bootcamp? if your as gutted as i am you will need a good workout 🙁
— yumimummyfitness (@Yumimummyfit) June 24, 2012