Friday 20 October 2017

Gone are the days of yeomen answering the call to battle

England 1, Seagull Nil, is a result that reflects that nation's misery at Germany's victory, writes Declan Lynch

A seagull was shot dead in Seaton in Devon, following England's defeat by Germany in the last 16 of the World Cup. The bird was seen falling to the ground outside the post office in Queen Street. Police have interviewed a man in relation to the incident.

There was a time when England could muster a more co-ordinated response to a humiliation on the world stage. Regiments of stout yeomen would answer the call, and put it up to Johnny Foreigner.

Then came the hooligans. Now we are left with this poignant image of one man longing to be free of his nation's misery, and one bird, itself desiring only to be free.

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