Am I the only reader actually looking forward to the World Cup
(Letters, passim)? Does the fact that I enjoy football and also read
the odd book, listen to music, have an interest in politics, etc make me
abnormal? I'm also Welsh and hope England do well!
Will you please confine all matters relating to the football World
Cup to your sports supplement? That way I can simply throw it straight
into the rubbish bin. There are many important things that need our
attention - overpaid prima donnas, banal tribalism and rampant jingoism
are not among them.
So World Cup flag-waving by Brown, Blair and Cameron is all about
political strategy, not football (Mark Lawson, June 9). Thank you for
enlightening me, Mark, I would never have guessed.
In 1990 England reached the semi-finals. The prime minister was out
of office within six months. In 1996 England reached the semi-finals of
the European Championships. The prime minister was gone within a year.
Now I know why Gordon Brown will be supporting England.
Much of the Muslim population feel pretty marginalised and hurt since
the invasion of Iraq. When the British troops went in to Basra, they
flew the St George cross - the Crusaders' flag. Thus it seems pretty
crass for Tessa Jowell and a colleague to sport it on ministerial cars.
An own goal missing out the Paraguay flag (G2, June 8) - it's the
only national flag in the world with a different design on the obverse
Four England flags on a Volvo (Letters, June 8)? I can beat that - I spotted one on a car in Scotland.
Not a Volvo, but a Renault Espace in New Mills, Derbyshire, with nine Cross of St George flags attached.
High Peak, Derbyshire
I have just spotted two pubs in Maidstone displaying large notices
outside declaring "No TV", "No football here". Common sense at last,
Annalisa Barbieri (All that extra time, June 7).
The guy in front of me at the check-out yesterday lunchtime, in his
England shirt, bought 72 cans of lager, two ham sandwiches and a large
Brighton, E Sussex
Rooney's fit, Sven's smiling, the players are relaxed but confident,
and the press think we've already won. Anyone else experience a gnawing
sense of dread?