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What’s behind the anti-English World Cup sentiment?

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Published 20/07/2014 | 02:30

In this photo taken with a fisheye lens the teams run over the pitch during the group D World Cup soccer match between England and Italy at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil
In this photo taken with a fisheye lens the teams run over the pitch during the group D World Cup soccer match between England and Italy at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil

Madam - Friends I made in London while working there told me they were coming to Dublin on holiday during in the World Cup and wished to experience the atmosphere in one of Dublin’s  pubs while watching England playing.

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 Before my friends’ arrival I decided to sample the attitude of the patrons in a number of pubs to see how many, like President Higgins and my humble self, were supporting England in the World Cup.

I knew many Irish would support any team but England. However,  I was not prepared for my  experience in the first pub I visited.  When Italy scored their first goal everyone in the pub, including members of staff, erupted into loud cheering.  When England equalised I was  the only one to applaud.    This clearly  was not a pub to host  my English friends during their visit.

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