You might have guessed that England’s favourite sport is football. Lately Ladbrokes have been quizzing their customers and publishing some interesting facts.
Here are a few:
- The UK’s favourite number is 7
- The UK’s favourite accent is Irish
- The UK’s favourite animals are dogs
- The UK’s favourite celebrity is Johnny Depp
- The UK’s favourite colour is blue
- The UK’s favourite drink is
- The UK’s favourite meal is a roast
So what of football, will it make the better?
Look at the facts and England should be world beaters. Their players compete in the best league in the world. Their St George’s Park training complex cost a whopping £105million, bringing first class facilities to the nation, and now it’s official, football is the country’s favourite sport.
So why is it they aren’t up there with the world’s elite? And why has the closest they’ve got to winning the World Cup been a heart-breaking semi-final loss in 1990?
The country should have people queueing up to break into the England squad with the passion the country has for the game. In a survey by Ladbrokes, over 25% of the nation preferred football to any other sport, with 32% of 25-34 year olds – the peak age for a footballer – fans of the beautiful game.
So shouldn’t Roy Hodgson have a few more people knocking on his door?
There’s the argument that there are too many foreign players in England’s top leagues, but is it not more a case that they are more committed to becoming top-class footballers? The interest in England is there, the facilities are too.
Whilst Raheem Sterling, one of England’s more promising players is smoking a shisha, Cristiano Ronaldo is training hard. Whilst Joey Barton is enjoying rants on Twitter, Lionel Messi is in the gym. Whilst the aspiring British footballers of today are tucking into their roast dinners – the survey also found a Sunday dinner was the nation’s favourite food – the aspiring footballers in Germany will be on strict diets.
And then there’s of course the age old saying, “it’s the taking part that counts.” It’s a British staple. Like a cup of tea or pint of bitter. Like Coronation Street and James Bond. It isn’t about winning but more the taking part.
Is Britain breeding losers? The Australian cricket team don’t look as though they grew up with the acceptance that it was only about taking part. They have a fierce winning mentality. Brought up in a realm where winning is important.
We’re still yet to see whether the new St George’s Park will have an effect on the generations enjoying it now, but with football being Britain’s favourite sport, and by a distance too, surely it will start to make England a little bit better. Especially when the Three Lions are being closed down by Wales in the FIFA World Rankings.