THE English flag, long considered the preserve of far-right nationalists like the English Defence League, has been re-appropriated by ordinary idiots.
Euro 2020 has appealed to England supporters who are not neo-Nazis, have black friends and a good-natured outlook, but are still knobs.
Tom Logan of the England Supporters’ Club said: “People have a stereotypical view of England fans as Sieg-Heiling skinheads chanting ‘No surrender to the IRA’ and smashing up town square cafes.
“I’m none of those things. I’m simply someone who supports England, passionately wants them to do well and happens to be pretty annoying and boring about football.
“Or should I say ‘ENGERLAAAND!’ Right, time for my eighth pint.”
Sports writer Tom Booker said: “There’s a peaceable segment of England fans who aren’t hostile to foreigners and just get incredibly drunk whilst abroad, put their arms around locals and shout, ‘Oi, here’s my my new mate, Pedro!’
“To stereotype England fans is grossly unfair. To foreigners I would say – the only real risk they pose is boring you senseless with their unwanted attempts at mateyness and attempts to find a chip shop at 5am.”