England’s trip to Euro 2020 final means dreams of football finally coming home could be reality
Is football really coming home? Could this - whisper it - be the year that England’s 55-year curse is broken?England is daring to dream. After a 2-1 victory Wednesday over Denmark, England will play Italy on Sunday’s final in front of a home crowd at Wembley Stadium , the Three Lions’ first major final since their 1966 World Cup victory. It may have taken 55 years and 120 nerve-fraying minutes at Wembley — but Harry Kane’s goal in the 104th minute held as the difference for a delirious home crowd of about 67,000.
Outside Wembley — all over England — fans erupted in elation and relief after Kane scored on his own rebound after Danish keeper Kasper Schmeichel stopped his strike from the penalty spot.Gary Lineker, a soccer legend turned broadcaster, tweeted, “Football: there’s nothing like it. One minute it rips you apart, the next it sends you into orbit.”
England is a soccer-mad nation. This is the country that, in the 19th century, codified the rules of the game, known almost exclusively as football here. It’s also home to the Premier League, the world’s most famous domestic circuit. And yet, any feelings of English exceptionalism are thwarted, quite rightly, by the fact that England usually flops in major international tournaments
Except, if England actually win this thing, they have brought it home. Then what? That is something England aren’t even dreaming about. Pop a question mark on the end: Football’s Coming Home?