This ball, found on Filey Sands last Sunday morning, must have made a lot of little feet very happy. And after 52 years of hurt England almost did the biz in Russia. Losing to Croatia last night was disappointing but the team will surely return to a warm, heroes welcome. Perhaps next time. (Good luck to Croatia in the Final. Hope you win the star for your shirts.)
As bread and circuses go, this World Cup has been one of the most memorable. I hope all fans who made the journey to and around the Federation will get home safely – and tell everyone they know what it is really like over there. Is it really as bad as the treacherous UK regime tells us?