/ UK national sport
Is the UK now ranked in football?
Ah, the season has begun when Andy Murray wins things and is suddenly transmogrified into Britain's Best (tm) rather than a Sullen Scot (c).
You can share "Murry" if you wish but we have our own football team thanks.
>..anyhow I think it should be a UK team internationally...
No, No, a thousand times
Tribalism, is the reason.
Because people in Wales in Scotland want to see their countries play?
On reflection Al it's a great idea!
We could do this also :
Combine the two Manchester teams. They could be mancity utd
Same for Liverton
Why have two clubs from Sheffield ? Sheffield City.
London Wanderers would make a great team too if we just joined up Chelsea, spurs, arsenal, fulham and west ham!
Why not have a European team? This might get one or two players from the UK.
You could have EU select against Yorkshire massive....
> Because people in Wales in Scotland want to see their countries play?
But they can still do that in the home countrys champs, or the 6 nations. It's like saying Yorkshire want to see their county play, they do every week. I don't think it's so much nationalism as anti Englishism.
Murray and the golfers don't count because although they are British, they aren't representing GB. Even team SKY in the TDF is not really representing GB.
> On reflection Al it's a great idea!
> We could do this also :
> Combine the two Manchester teams. They could be mancity utd
> Same for Liverton
> Why have two clubs from Sheffield ? Sheffield City.
> London Wanderers would make a great team too if we just joined up Chelsea, spurs, arsenal, fulham and west ham!
Well thats exactly what we do in internationals, so we don't need to do it at a regional level!
It's not "anti" anyone
It's "pro scottish / welsh /northern irish"
Call it what you want, it's sad.
What are you wittering on about? No one has mentioned anything against England. You are paranoid.
It's simply that people want to see their country play. I don't see the FA calling for a UK team for the Euros or World Cup.
I reckon an EU team would be good. Representing the good people of Yorkshire could be captain Cristiano Ronaldo. Didier Drogba would be the first choice of all Mancunians. Carlos Tevez would be the natural choice of Londoners. Mark Van Bommel could be a good choice for Newcastle.
Rugby Union has the British and Irish Lions, any reason why Football can't have something similar?
Why is it sad?
With the debacle that is unfolding in the SPL at the moment I fully expect that Scottish football above junior level will implode in the next three years.
After that we may hear discussions in Scotland about an end to 4 separate countries representing the UK.
When the four rugby nations combine to form The Lions they present a formidable challenge to the top sides in World rugby ie New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.
It's hard to see why the top footballing sides would see a GB team as anything worth playing against when the "strongest" of the countries isn't in the top four of even the European standings.
BTW Al.............the home internationals haven't been played for over 20 years!
> BTW Al.............the home internationals haven't been played for over 20 years!
I'm sorry I hadn't realised that and if so thats sad, it doesn't take away the reason for a truly national UK side but it is a good reason why people from the other countries that make up the UK feel a need to maintain their national teams so strongly. Also why it does not happen in atheletics where thare are still home championships and yet the pride in a national UK team.
> Because people in Wales in Scotland want to see their counties play?
"Fixed That For You"
You're dressing up your tribalism as a positive thing.
It is a positive thing.
I ain't dressing up nothing!
I'm pleased that you see it that way.
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