The national team celebrated diversity, embraced difference, and spoke up for those facing oppression. But this fails to map onto society at large. They showed what Englishness and our idea of the nation could be, but not what it is. The ideal of England offered throughout this tournament was just that: an ideal, far removed from reality.
"From gestural activism to nationalistic bigotry and xenophobia, in the face of it all, Southgate has shown integrity, humanity and strength of character, and the trophy his team are fighting so graciously for is indelibly carved with the mark of respect."
"Covid-19 has, in many ways, been an endorsement, rather than an exposé, for the future of devolution."
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