The last few days since England’s disappointing loss to Wales have helped me to understand what football fans go through on a regular basis.
For the first time in years, football and rugby fans have had something in common – abject disappointment at the realisation their team isn’t quite as good as they thought it was. This isn’t to say England are total c**p, just that the expectation is someway off the reality.
For the first time in a long time I got sucked into the media hype surrounding England heading into the World Cup despite knowing better. Although I was well aware England’s chances of making the World Cup final were slim to none, I somehow began to believe they could make a real mark on the 2015 World Cup despite the monumental task in front of them.
Somehow it seems many England fans were tricked into believing that despite the difficult task of overcoming both Australia and Wales, that a place in the quarter finals was a more than likely reality. Unfortunately, reality hit home this weekend as Wales went and did what we all knew they were capable of and beat England at Twickenham.
It is in moments like this when as a relatively level-headed rugby fan you begin to realise that there’s more than a reasonable chance of England not even making the knockout rounds for the first time in the history of the competition.
Now is the time for English rugby fans to reevaluate their sides chances and realise that making it out of Pool A would be an achievement in itself. When you compare the current squad to other top sides from a neutral perspective you begin to realise how far the current England side are behind a number of their contemporaries.
It is now time to stop buying into the media bulls**t and get behind the team and be proud of whatever they achieve. Yes being knocked out in the pool stages would be devastating for fans, but the reality is that it shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to anyone given the quality of the opposition.