As a nation that once laid claim to the world’s biggest Empire, the United Kingdom has often traded blows with countries across the globe.
Politically, many British people often look upon Europe and its increasing influence in their lives as a source of annoyance. With specific reference to England, the English are known for their own patriotic beliefs and mannerisms. Whether it be staunchly in favour of keeping the pound or perhaps even something as trivial as our predisposition for tea drinking as a tool of social cohesion, our European cousins and those further afield often deride us as ‘Little Englanders’.
When it comes to football then, it is no surprise that such squabbles manifest themselves. In late February, there was the furore surrounding claims in the tabloid press that England’s training complex for the impending World Cup in South Africa was so far half-built and ramshackle, some even going so far as to describe it as ‘a dump’.
The £20 million Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus near to Rustenberg, the venue for England’s first game against USA, has ignited English passions and prompted hasty rebuttals from those abroad. Although the accommodation is of a high standard, the training and medical facilities are still far from complete.
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South Africans, including World Cup ambassador and ballerina Andile Ndlovu have rallied round their country as it bids to host the finest tournament yet. The spokesman for the Bafokeng sports complex, Martin Bekker, said that “the foreign media, especially the English, have lacked the courtesy to find out from us how preparations are going.”
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