Pommy soccer fan who got ‘World Cup Winners’ tattoo early speaks out after Croatia lost
Crikey, cobbers, even us blokes here at Ozzy Man Reviews can see this one’s more than a little cringeworthy. Despite the hype and the catchiness of the ‘It’s Coming Home’ meme since the poms made the knockout stages of the World Cup, England has crashed out and football is most definitely not headed home.
One Pommy b*stard who probably has more reason than anyone else to feel like he needs a bit of a hug right now is Jamie Richardson. After England’s second game of the tournament – against lowly Panama – Jamie got caught up in the hype and had the tattoo done.
The poor bugger told LADBible, “We were 5 – 0 at half-time, and I just knew. It just felt like not since Euro 96 when we were 1 nil up against the Germans, or in 1998 when Michael Owen scored against Argentina and before Beckham got sent off, we – in a major tournament – really had a chance of winning.”
It has to be said at this stage, that anyone who really looked at that England squad knew that just wasn’t going to happen. In fairness though, it’s hard not to get caught up when you’ve pretty much lived your whole life being disappointed with your national team and then when you finally remove the expectation, rebuild and send a squad of youngsters, they have a good cup run.
There’s no doubt that England fans have a right to be happy with their boys. Unlike some teams – like France and Brazil – they haven’t spent half the tournament rolling around, feigning injury and diving in the box.
Anyway, back to Jamie. His missus was the first to criticise the tattoo. He rocked up at home after getting it done, and she reacted in fairly predictable fashion. “She called me a dickhead.”
Jamie, we love your passion, but I guess you can at least have it covered up and fixed for the Euros in two years’ time, right?
Final thought: Some people have claimed Jamie might have jinxed the squad with his tattoo, but even us blokes here at Ozzy Man Reviews could tell you that playing a midfield with only one holding player and expecting Alli and Lingard to go against their natural inclination to attack the eighteen-yard box against Modric and Rakitic was foolish. Little Luka spent four years dominating English midfields in the Premier League and continued that in the Semi-Final. So don’t worry, Jamie, we’re pretty sure it wasn’t your fault.
Just in case you missed it, here’s one of Ozzy’s latest commentary videos…Ozzy Man Reviews: Battle of the Cup #2