It seems that pundits and journalists outside of England have forgotten about host nations in sport, with another shot from Spanish press about the Three Lions reaching Sunday’s Euro 2020 final against Italy.
England are in their first final of a major tournament in 55 years so you’d expect that the rest of the world would be extremely happy for us, right?
On Thursday, one report in Italy claimed that UEFA had helped Gareth Southgate’s team make it to the final because Boris Johnson threatened to fight the European Super League.
It was based on Raheem Sterling’s controversial penalty, ignoring the fact Denmark’s goal shouldn’t actually have stood, plus the idea England have played all their games at Wembley.
Well it’s not just England’s future opponents who have ignored the fact one team always plays every game at home in a tournament, because now the Spanish media are joining in.
El Chiringuito have joined the conversation, claiming that it’s been “organised” for the Three Lions to make it all the way to the end.
“You think UEFA organised this for an England final?” host Josep Pedrerol asked his co-host.
“For me, this has been the most shameful competition that we have covered. It has been pathetic,” the journalist answered.
What was the reaction on El Chiringuito to that England penalty?
Well, here’s conspiracy theories and mention of Brexit. pic.twitter.com/0q3xxPXS70
— El Chiringuito in English (@ElChiringuitoEN) July 8, 2021
“We’ve had matches in cities that aren’t even European in any sense. We’ve got a final that was prepared for a country that left the European Union.
“It has been totally prepared. They’ve played every game at home except one. It has been totally conditioned for England.
“All that was missing was the help received today with the penalty in a game that was proving complicated.”
Of course Pedrerol isn’t exactly well known for his balance and calm nature on screen, after his rant against Eden Hazard when Real Madrid lost to Chelsea last season.
|The controversial foul on Sterling hasn’t gone down well on the continent. Image: PA Images|
This summer’s tournament is different to any other because it has been spread out across the whole of Europe, whereas there’s usually one or two hosts.
England were one of the hosts an like Italy and Spain were able to play all three of their group games at home.
The Three Lions did benefit from their last 16 game being moved from Dublin, after Ireland couldn’t host the game, to Wembley.
The semi finals and final were always being hosted in one country, with Germany the other host country considered, so it easily could have been another team benefiting from home advantage.
No hosts have even won the Euros since 1984 so it’s not always that much of an advantage and England could still go the way of Portugal in 2004 and France in 2016 and lose a final on home soil.
Host nations exist, get over it Europe!
Featured Image Credit: PA/El Chiringuito