[quote=“JFP”]I voted France.
oh, and btw, for people who are just glad the french team lost just because it’s the french team, go **** yourselves [/quote]
Any team that plays beautiful football will gain good will.
At Agincourt, Trafalgar, Waterloo etc (and the times we’ve been beaten, which English people probably know less about), the French have proved worthy adversaries and hence, we’re best enemies. It’s all good fun. We know we’re best, but you came a close second in the European evil empire stakes. There is mutual respect to go along with the mutual antipathy.
The Anglo/French footballing rivalry doesn’t exist in the same way. As far as football’s concerned, within Europe, it’s Germany all the way - and although it’s strictly on the pitch, it’s far more serious. More like a Scottish/English, Canadian/US, Australia/New Zealand chip on the shoulder relationship, I hate to say it.
All the same, two world wars and one world cup. Not to mention an unbeaten record in the World Cup Final.