It’s Sunday again, which means it’s time to roll out the latest edition of ‘Morning Mix’ – our weekly football column with some music thrown into the pot.
We look at two talking points from the past seven days and point you in the direction of some of the best football writing elsewhere on the internet.
We also offer a top tune recommendation to get you in the mood for Sunday and a final thought to ponder for the week ahead.
Baddiel & Skinner ban is ludicrous
There has been much to like about the European Championships this summer despite UEFA’s eagerness to shoot themselves in the foot.
Moving Coke bottles around? They were all over that. Racist and homophobic chanting by Hungarian morons? A slap on the wrists for that one.
Their decision to ban David Baddiel and Frank Skinner from singing Three Lions (It’s Coming Home) ahead of the final is another example of their ability to be brainless.
UEFA say the song is ‘too partisan’ and unfair on the Italians. That didn’t matter when Andrea Bocelli sang Nessun Dorma before Italy’s opening game against Turkey. Idiots.
England set for toughest test
Supporting England is a labour of love, with the last five and a bit decades littered with examples of the national team breaking their fans’ hearts.
The current squad appear to be different. They’ve beaten Germany on their way to reaching the final of a major tournament. This is heady stuff.
However, now comes the big one. Can they get the job done against an Italian team who have not been defeated in their last 33 international fixtures?
Let no one be under any illusions – Italy are a brilliant team. Of all the tests England could have faced, this is the toughest one. Good luck!
The week that was
Looking for the best football writing from the past week? Check these out:
- On the pitch and off, Henderson typifies Southgate’s selfless England.
- England’s final run reflects how Southgate and players changed a nation’s mood.
- What it’s like to play in a final for Italy.
Today’s top tune
A couple of months ago, we urged Sheffield indie legends Milburn to return from a self-imposed hiatus.
Generally speaking, this type of request usually disappears into the ether, and nothing ever comes of it.
However, having received encouragement from lead singer Joe Carnall Jnr on social media, we are delighted to report that they’re back!
Tickets for live dates in Sheffield, London and Manchester were quickly snapped up, highlighting the love that fans still have for the band.
Despite the huge demand for their comeback, we’ve somehow bagged tickets for Sheffield and Manchester. We’ll be down the front, feeling emotional. Thanks guys!
A final thought
If England fail to beat Italy this evening, what are the chances of the players avoiding abuse on social media?
It would be nice to think they’ll be praised for getting this far but they’ll get hammered, won’t they?
- History of football at the Olympics
- Five Famous Hollywood Football Fans
- Manchester United agree £41m fee with Real Madrid for Raphael Varane
- Manchester United receive huge boost in pursuit of Saul Niguez
- Ben White set to undergo medical with Arsenal
- Arsenal leading the race for Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham
- Crystal Palace close to signing Lyon defender Joachim Andersen
- Morning Mix: Carragher’s take on Wijnaldum is brainless, Tottenham turning things around
- Tottenham Hotspur confirm signing Pierluigi Gollini on season-long loan
- Manchester United complete £73m transfer of Jadon Sancho