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đŸ“… Thought for today:

‘National pride is to countries what self-respect is to individuals: a necessary condition for self-improvement.’

— Richard Rorty

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It would be hard to be here in England and not aware of the result of a certain football match last night.

It doesn’t matter what you think about football in general, England, or the supporters of English football.

The sense of pride in the country is palpable, spirits are lifted, confidence is high.

The human toll from Covid-19 has been truly tragic, and it goes on despite, or maybe because of, the end of lockdown restrictions in 11 days time.

Yet surely even we English with our cynical pessimism, can allow a little bit of joy to return, and rediscover our sense of hope and belief?

Italy also suffered terrible loss from Covid-19 – remember those early months when it was happening “there” but not “here”?

So when England meet Italy on Sunday evening I hope we can each remember what our respective nations have been through to get to this place.

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