Once again the proposition of a British Football team has been tabled, and once again the Scot’s and the Welsh claim that it wouldn’t be fair to their ‘special status’, when any Englishman knows the real reason.
London is hosting the Olympics in 2012 and Brown, and most of England, want a team to compete at football in the Olympics for the first time since 1960. And why not? We do afterall have a British Lions team for Rugby, why not football?
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has rejected the idea of a British Olympic football team, describing the proposal as a “massive own goal”.
Every time this subject has come up there has been the same tired old arguments used against it, the claim that it will mean that FIFA will somehow no longer recognise the Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish FA’s. Rubbish. They can’t do that and even if they did, the threat of all four FA’s pulling out of FIFA would be enough to have them pissing their pants.
No the real reason for the opposition to this lies elsewhere.
“The whole concept’s ridiculous and only could be put forward by somebody who’s seriously out of touch with Scotland,” Alex Salmond said.
Salmond just hates anything English or even British, pure and simple. I am sure that during the Olympics he was cheering on whoever the non Scottish athletes were facing.
Most people in England would support a British Lions team, just as they do in Rugby, I am sure that in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland it would be popular too, it just seems to be the leaders that are against it, citing the possible loss of the Home Nations special status.
The fact is it all comes down to national pride. I remember talking about this years ago when it was last suggested before an Olympics. Then it was quite a popular idea amongst English football fans, as it would mean the likes of Ryan Giggs, Ian Rush, and Mark Hughes could play with the top English players. Today though I don’t think that there is one non English player that would make it into the British Team and this is what frustrates the Scots, the Irish and the Welsh.
I understand it, after all it can’t do much for their pride when none of their players can make it into a side of English players, moreover players that the Scot’s, Welsh and Northern Irish love to hate. That would be tantamount to admitting that the English are better.
They’d have to demand quotas, such as so many Scots, Welsh and Irish players, which would of course make the whole thing pointless.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has suggested that it would be better for Britain to field a team entirely made up of English players because “this will then not provoke a long and endless discussion of the four British associations”.
If any suggestion is pointless and ridiculous, it is this one, of course the team would be made up entirely of English players, we’d want to win!
Another suggestion from a Scot is equally ridiculous and pointless:
Acting Scottish Labour leader Cathy Jamieson has set out an alternative to the prime minister’s plan. She has suggested a home nations play-off, with the winner going forward to play as the British team.
Why bother? Why not just send the England team anyway without the hassle and expense, it is after all a forgone conclusion.
The problem is the IOC won’t allow England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland to send their own teams, like what happens in the Commonwealth Games, it has to be a British Team, even if this is in name only.
So Britain send no one, even though it is the country that invented the game, the country to have the very first international match and the country that has one of the world’s top league’s, the English Premier League.
If the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish FA’s are so against the idea of a British Team, we should just count them out and send a British Team made of English players and leave them to wallow in their own self pity.