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England’s World Cup start has fans dreaming of ultimate prize

Scoring six goals to start your World Cup campaign is just about as good as it gets. An emphatic victory of this type had seemed unlikely when you consider England entered on the back of a six-game winless streak. As a result, the mood of the nation had been quite restrained, with pressure growing on England coach Gareth Southgate amidst a growing belief that he sets his team up too negatively, effectively causing them to play with the handbrake on.

However, it doesn’t take much to change the mood of the English public when it comes to tournament soccer.

Collectively, they will portray a self-deprecating image of their team heading into a tournament and will mockingly claim that ‘Football’s Coming Home.’

Following England’s goal-fest against Iran, you can rest assured that, deep down, they are already starting to believe. It is hard to over-state how invested the country becomes during a World Cup. Moderates become fanatics; the disinterested become engaged. And the fans? Generally they become unbearable.

Best start possible for England

The wildly positive opening result against Iran has set the early tone of believing in this squad of players again. After a win of this nature, social media comes alive. The mainstream media outlets provide enthusiastic coverage. Pundits start to talk up the talent within the team.

With this prevailing narrative being consumed by the public, the belief that England are destined to be world champions must begin to seem reasonable. Sociologists refer to this as a ‘plausibility structure’: a group of people who reinforce and revitalize one another’s beliefs and deconstruct all influences to the contrary. This is England – they can’t help it.

In fairness to Southgate, his pragmatic approach means he personally is unlikely to get carried away – an endearing characteristic for the neutral. Following the match, he acknowledged that “Iran are difficult to score goals against so it’s a…


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Author : Fergus Lockhart

Publish date : 2022-11-23 03:00:19

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