Best little fans, etc
• Merkel and Sarkozy patted Kenny on the head for doing their bidding. 'The Fields of Athenry' rang out as we were given a masterclass in how to play soccer against the S part of the PIGS. We then revelled in being the 'best fans in the world'. Wow.
Eight hundred-plus completed passes by Spain and a paltry 160 by Ireland. Four goals to none, but we won the battle to be the nicest fans in the world. We bristle at anybody who caricatures the Irish as a stereotype, but think nothing of Americanising ourselves with red leprechaun beards, stovepipe hats and shillelaghs for the universe to see.
Then, in a nod to who the real ruler of Ireland is, we see a sign that provoked hilarity across Europe: 'Merkel thinks we are at work!'