Gareth Southgate’s team are great, but I don’t want them to win. Far from ushering in an era of inclusivity, victory would stoke ugly nationalism
Gareth Southgate, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jordan Henderson … how could you not love the current England squad? As well as their footballing prowess, they’ve shown moral leadership and social awareness, taking positions on poverty, racism, LGBT rights and multiculturalism. I will be delighted for each of them individually if they achieve their dreams on Sunday night.
But they’re not playing as individuals, of course. They’re part of a team, and that team represents England. And here I have a problem.