In the 50-page document released yesterday to make sense of England’s new lockdown measures, it was pointed that the government promised after June 1 to consider, “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact”.
Admittedly, there was not much social distancing two summers ago when Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions were uniting the nation in a communal hug and a shower of beer.
Even in the last century, Colin Firth getting mobbed by hundreds of Arsenal fans in the streets outside Highbury after Arsenal won the title in 1989 was one of the most evocative scenes of the movie Fever Pitch.
Nick Hornby, the Cambridge graduate whose book was based on his own experiences, wrote: “The light of intelligence had gone from my eyes altogether.”
The game was taking place at Anfield, 200 miles away. The 2018 World Cup was held 2,000 miles away in Russia.