AN England fan born eight years after England’s World Cup victory has decided that last night’s quarter-finals qualifier were probably better.
Martin Bishop was too young to witness the euphoric excitement of Geoff Hurst completing a hat-trick in the final moments of extra-time to win the final 4-2, but reckons it pales in comparison to last night’s match which really hotted up 75 minutes in.
Bishop said: “Sure, ‘66 was important, but football was still practically amateur back then. Yesterday’s game decided who went through to the quarter-finals of a European championship.
“Last night’s match didn’t go to extra time, Jerry didn’t threaten our lead for a second, and there was no debate as to whether any of our goals should be allowed. Truly a white-knuckle experience from start to finish.
“There was also the enthralling narrative of Gareth Southgate, finally redeeming himself after that penalty miss. The only backstory the 1966 final had to offer was two countries who’d been at war 21 years earlier thrashing it out on the pitch. Yawn.”
He added: “I expect Kane’s header will usurp ‘66 as a foundation of our cultural history. Unless we lose to Ukraine on Saturday in which case we’ll forget about the whole thing.”