The 2018 World Cup has been JUST WONDERFUL, hasn’t it?
I mean, sure, we lost in the semi-finals when we were all hoping we’d make it through to the final, which ultimately meant that football was NOT coming home.
But, all things considered, hasn’t it been a jolly good ride this time around? Yeehaw!
If you’ve been following me on Twitter recently, you’re forgiven for mistaking me for an avid football fan judging by my barrage of tweets on the England team.
Spoiler alert: I’m not actually that much of a football fan.
The only time I’ll watch football is when England play in the FIFA World Cup or the Euros. The rest of the time, I just ain’t interested, sugar.
Sorry to burst that bubble of yours.
However, when I do get into the World Cup, I really get into it. I get into it so much that it starts affecting me physically and emotionally.
My heart beats faster during matches, I feel nervous for the team pre-game, and I almost cry when they lose. (Note: almost.)
I felt all these things AND MORE during the 2018 World Cup, which is partly why I’m going to miss it so much.
Want to know some other reasons why I’m sad that it’s over? Read on my noble Englishmen, read on.
1. It gave me the nostalgic feels.
I grew up watching the World Cup and very much loved the vibe every time England played.
In fact, I was even cool enough to own an England shirt and have flags outside of my bedroom window and on our family car windows during that time period every four years.
This means that, when the World Cup happens nowadays, it takes me on a journey back to my childhood.
It takes me back to the days where my teachers used to drag a 90s TV on wheels into the assembly hall when we were supposed to be doing schoolwork so that we could all watch the game. It reminds me of my family coming over to our house in the summer pre-game and being able to sit outside and have a barbecue in the sunshine before kick-off.
And you know what else it makes me think of?
Some of the best footballers of the past, like Beckham, Rooney, Gerrard and all the rest of the old school England players, and how they came together to play the game that they loved every four years – even if the odds were always against them.
Yup, that was sportsmanship at its finest.
2. It made me feel like summer.
Another reason why I’ll miss the World Cup is because it’s just straight up #SummerVibes.
I know feeling like a season isn’t exactly possible, but that’s how I feel when I watch the World Cup. I FEEL LIKE SUMMER DAMN IT.
Allow me to explain?
I associate watching the World Cup games with summer time sunshine, beer gardens, non-traditional English heat and a good ol’ fruity cider in hand.
Ever been to a pub or bar in England when our team is playing in the World Cup and the sun is shining? You seriously can’t beat the atmosphere.
Just go ahead and try it. I DARE YOU.
3. The buildup to every game.
The excitement and anticipation before every game got me like OMG ALL OF THE FEELS this time around.
Yes, the matches were all over the news and you just couldn’t get away from them no matter how hard you tried (I feel sorry for those who aren’t at all into football) but this mania got the rest of us in the World Cup spirit…
And I loved every moment of it! #FootballFever
4. We had a wonderful team.
Wait, what? The England team is actually GOOD now?!
Sure, we didn’t make it to the final, but we gave it a damn good try this year!
We had a wonderful young team led by the amazing Gareth Southgate and it can only get better from here on out.
Am I right or am I right?
5. Gareth Southgate.
Oh, Gazza. You are ONE OF THE MANY REASONS I’m going to miss the World Cup this year.
First of all, thank you for #WaistcoatWednesday, inspiring men all around the country to dress smartly since 2018.
Having worked previously for a menswear tailoring company on their technical design team, I’m a sucker for a good suit!
I applaud you, sir – I applaud you.
Also, #GarethSouthgateWould has to be one of my favourite hashtags that’s ever been used on the Twittersphere.
For those of you who have been living under a rock, this hashtag basically praised Gareth for being a such an amazing coach and human being.
A couple of my favourite tweets using this hashtag were:
- #GarethSouthgateWould know what day to put the bins out after a Bank Holiday. And would let all his neighbours know just in case.
- #GarethSouthgateWould say: “I’ve done the hoovering” and not add “for you”.
YAAASSS Gareth lad!
I urge you to go look up the hashtag on Twitter for hours of entertainment.
6. I can’t stop singing football songs.
Another reason why I’m going to miss the 2018 World Cup is because I can’t stop singing those pesky football anthems of ours.
I know it’s been a week since we got booted out of the tournament but WHY ARE THEY SO BLOODY CATCHY? WHY GOD, WHY?!?!?
My favourite songs this year have been the Greg James and George Ezra version of “Shotgun”, the Southgate version of “Whole Again” by Atomic Kitten (SOUTHGATE, YOU’RE THE ONE, YOU STILL TURN ME ON, FOOTBALL’S COMING HOME AGAIN!) and the football version of “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire.
“WHOAH-OH-OH England are in Russia,
WHOAH-OH-OH drinking all the vodka,
WHOAH-OH-OH England’s going all the way!
1, 2, 3, 4!”
(Repeat continuously until someone passes out from exhaustion.)
One of the top moments from the pre-match build-up this year was when Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid sang this song live on Good Morning Britain. It actually kickstarted my day in the BEST way.
(England ’til I die.)
7. It united us as a nation.
Let’s face it, we’re going through A LOT as a nation right now.
From political turmoil to Brexit, we desperately needed a ray of sunshine, and the 2018 World Cup gave us just that.
It distracted us from a load of negative shit when we needed it. It united us as a country and gave us hope that England could turn into the team we’ve always wanted them to be.
And finally, it made us proud to be English and to call this little country of ours HOME.
Even though the tournament was only on for a brief time and we didn’t quite make it to the final (congrats, France!) it was still all worthwhile. 2018 World Cup, you were fun whilst you lasted.
Now bring on 2022!
Crop Top – Primark (similar here)
Culottes – Pretty Little Thing
Sandals – Dune (similar here)
Handbag – Coach (similar here)
Headband – Charlotte Russe (similar here)
(Did you watch the 2018 World Cup all the way through? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments!)