The entire nation seemed to breathe a sigh of relief today as England advanced to the second round of the World Cup after outlasting Slovenia, 1-0.
“But at least we’re not French!” points out Wayne Leedham, a London taxi driver, referring to the nosedive taken by the French team.Mr. Leedham took the afternoon off Wednesday to watch the national team squeak into the next round with a 1-0 victory over Slovenia. “We have restored our dignity,” he said, "for now.”
Dave Up, who works for a flooring company, took the whole day off to cheer for Britain, a country that prides itself on being the veritable inventor of the game, but which has had a very faltering start in this World Cup.
“I needed to prepare myself mentally, if we were going to lose,” he said.
So far, the national team’s efforts have amounted to a draw against the US and another against Algeria, not to mention a controversy surrounding former captain John Terry's comments about the low mood in the camp.