England won it in 1966 on home soil… and it has been hanging like a noose around the country’s neck ever since.
We are already struggling financially in trying to get to grips with the 2012 Olympics, which I feel that we should have earlier conceded to France. We don’t have neither the facilities nor the decent transport infrastructure that is needed to cope with such major events.
Do we seriously want to host such an event only to see the England team and fans ruin the tournament just by showing up? Should our already overstretched police force (!) be asked again to separate the English fans from the others at matches? Do we need TV commentators to continually play the ‘morally superior’ patriotism card whenever England play?
Surely we should do the honourable thing, drop the whole charade altogether, and back the much better alternatives on offer. Better still, as in last year’s European Championships, let’s hope that the home nations fail to qualify for 2018.